Q: What do you recommend for hairball control?
Special food, a supplement such as Petromalt, or?
Dec 23, 2008
Any of the OTC hairball remedies such as Petromalt are effective. When a cat comes in that is exhibiting symptoms of hairballs, I give them a dose every day until the problem is resolved. Once they're symptom-free, I give them a once-a-week dose. Many of these treatments contain mineral oil, which depletes vitamins, so you don't want to give it daily long-term.
Other "treatments" that adds fiber & also sometimes used to prevent constipation or diarrhea are a daily teaspoon of plain canned pumpkin or baby food squash. Be sure to read the labels on the baby food too because some of it contains onion which is bad. Many cats start looking at this as a daily treat. I have also heard of the butter thing, as mentioned above, but I have never personally tried it.
I haven't tried the food because many of mine are on special and prescription diets.
Also, daily brushing will help cut down on the frequency & severity of hairballs by decreasing shedding & removing a lot of the loose hair. Be sure to use a brush designed for your cat's specific needs. I have several different combs & brushes because not one brush is going to work on all long-haired (or short-haired) cats.
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Dec 09, 2008
I am not a cat expert, but I have tried the Hairball Remedy --I think Hartz makes it --- with limited results. I currently use Laxatone, prescribed by my vet. You can get this over the counter now, without a prescription. I was feeding my cat Purina Indoor Cat and currently feed him as prescription diet, W/D Science Diet, prescribed by my vet for overweight and bowel irregularity. I'm not seeing much of a difference, so now she's added Lactulose. In the meantime, I'm switching his food over to a higher quality food.
I brush my cat frequently with a rake to remove as much loose hair as I can so he doesn't swallow it. There are a number of diets on the market now that advertise "hairball control." I don't know which one is best. With my cat and his level of inactivity, I haven't found one that prevents hairalls.
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