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Q: What do you recommend for hairball control?

December 9, 2008 | By E G. | 6 answers | Expired: 2096 days ago

E G.

Special food, a supplement such as Petromalt, or?

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Kelly
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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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Spongebrooke
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Dec 09, 2008

I've used laxatone as well

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Ginger G.
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Dec 09, 2008

I have a longhaired cat. I feed her Science Diet Light Hairball Control dry food. She's only thrown up hairballs twice in the 10 months that I've had her. I also brush her every other day. That helps to get the loose hair off & it helps prevent mats.

I do recommend feeding your cat hairball control food. I honestly believe that it makes a world of difference. I know a couple of people who have longhaired cats that don't feed them hairball control food & their cats are always getting hairballs. Also keep the cat brushed.

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W T.
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Dec 09, 2008

I have found that special foods for controlling hairballs seem to do better than the medicines. I use Purina.

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Anna N.
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Dec 09, 2008

My cat doesn't really have hairballs, but my parents use laxatone. Their elderly cat doesn't like the taste however, so they just give her a little bit of butter (I'd say like 1/4 - 1/2 a tsp).

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Cindy
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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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