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Best hairball remedy for cats?

Asked by SamIAm (8626 points ) April 4th, 2010

I have 2 – 11 year old Ragdoll cats (long haired). Lately, my boy has been throwing up a lot and I think it’s being caused by hairballs. The vet had recommended some medication they sell but I wanted to get some of your opinions on which products work best. My boy is allergic to a lot of things, so most treats for him will not work.

What have you tried that has work, or hasn’t worked?

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phillis's avatar

Daily brushing is the number one way to avoid hairballs. There are holistic OTC meds specifically sold as hairball “remedies”, but mineral oil works best, and it’s the cheapest. DO NOT USE CASTOR OIL. It is toxic.

Make sure the skin allergies are addressed. An animal’s instinct is to lick problem areas.

netgrrl's avatar

Agrees re: brushing. Occassional hairballs are normal, but I sometimes give mine a little butter or petroleum jelly so yakking it back up isn’t so violent.

netgrrl's avatar

Oh! I just thought of something. I have an elderly Burmese that eats too fast – and will often yak it back up. (My vet said it’s fairly common & the cat is healthy, other than getting older.)

Anyway, my fix was to put a golf ball in his bowl. He has to eat around it & it slows him down. He doesn’t do it nearly so often.

Just mentioning it in case it’s not hairballs.

lilikoi's avatar

Brush daily. Hairballs occur due to accumulation of fur in the cat when they lick themselves and each other. By brushing regularly, you’ll catch a lot of the fur in the brush thereby preventing it from getting lodged in you cat’s throat.

Kraigmo's avatar

Daily brushing and allowing the cat time outside to eat grass daily, supervised, if necessary. (or buy a patch of grass and grow it near the window). Let the cat eat as much grass and barf as much as he wants.

unless one of his allergies is grass

SamIAm's avatar

@netgrrl : the golfball is a great idea… i think that is part of the issue, he eats too fast! thank you!

netgrrl's avatar

If you notice it tends to occur a half hour or so after meals, that’s probably it.

thriftymaid's avatar

Feed your cat Science Diet Hairball Formula. No more problems.

SamIAm's avatar

@netgrrl : it happens immediately after eating and has been more frequent recently (like the past few days) but he was just at the vet and all his lab work came back pretty good! i will try the golf ball this week :) thanks again

DarkScribe's avatar

A good razor (and a lot of bandages to patch yourself up afterward).

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