Last Modified on Apr 05, 2015
Is your cat a tad vain in that he or she is always primping and grooming, making sure they look their best no matter what the occasion or time of day? If so, the fact that your cat wants to look great is not necessarily a bad thing. I mean as a cat owner we certainly love having the most beautiful cat on the block and don't hesitate for a moment to take all the credit when everyone at the vet's office or pet store comments on our lovely kitty. The problem arises when as a result of all that personal grooming, our kitty begins to have problems with hairballs.
As the animal grooms itself, small amounts of hair are ingested which normally would be passed through the digestive system and out through the feces. However, sometimes with longer haired cats or those who tend to shed excessively, the amount of hair becomes too much to pass naturally and accumulates in the cat's stomach. A mass of hair that rubs against the stomach lining will lead to irritation and cause the cat to vomit.
The type of solution that you want is one, which will help to naturally lubricate and coat the stomach, aiding in the animals ability to pass the excess hair rather than allowing it to build up. There are a few easy tricks that you can try to prevent the problem from occurring.
Place a dot of non-petroleum jelly on the nose of your cat so that the animal can lick it off
Approximately one time per week, add a teaspoon of fish oil to your cat's food
Add some canned pumpkin or bran to each of your cat's meals (about a spoonful)
Any of these options should really help to solve the problem and will allow your cat to continue looking beautiful without the annoyance of hairballs.
By Dawn Forster
[YEA] If you want to help a cat to cough up hair balls eaiser, let it lick butter. This has proved to work for me.
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I have a 12-yr.-old long-haired male cat who consistently exercises his appetite and eats many things, both normal and unusual, including Hungarian mushroom soup, any kind of cheese, and pretzels (but only seven sections!) - and throws hair balls the size of short, fat Cuban cigars. I've tried the commercial remedies and raw diet and even pumpkin. Surprise! He doesn't LIKE pumpkin, so that's been a non-viable option, and the commercial remedies and raw diet aren't making much of a dent.
Your website lists pumpkin as a remedy but doesn't specify whether it should be plain or enhanced. Do you think pumpkin PIE MIX could be an option? Or would it be too spicy??
(I've discussed this situation with the cat at length, but, despite my cautions, he continues to ingest hair. Also, he's a very MANLY cat with a great deal of pride. My long-haired girly-girl will come to me with hair in her mouth that she can't shake off, so I can remove it, but the "Major" cat apparently feels that it's his duty to make the hair disappear inside him.)
Nothing the vets have recommended has solved/cured the problem, and I believe that pumpkin could be the answer, but how can I make it palatable?
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[YEA] After purchasing the commercial product to attempt to cure kitty of excessive fur in her digestive tract, and having her like it maybe twice, I decided to search for a natural way of helping her. Pumpkin to the rescue! My mother was a bit skeptical at first (its her kitty), but I am happy to report all is well in litter land. It works, and she doesn't even balk at it being added to her food, so why bother with the malt that isn't so attractive to them and quite a bit more expensive than pumpkin. Yeah for Earth Clinic and some wonderful NATURAL cures!!
[YEA] I've had cats all my life & have been dealing with their hairballs(yuck!) forever. Now I mix canned Pumpkin with a bit of canned Cat Food & feed both of my cats a spoonful every day, & no more hairballs! It works great & one of my cats has long fluffy fur! It also keeps them from getting worms.
[YEA] My cat seems to have been born with a massive coat of hair. And I could gently pull a little handful of hair off of her anytime - it fell out easily so she always lost an amazing amount of hair as if shedding for summer all the time. She grooms herself excessively too - so of course we've had lots of hairballs to clean up. I began giving her flaxseed that I got from Whole Foods and grind up myself in the blender. Not only has her coat become more shiny and beautiful - She sheds way less and has rarely ever thrown up any more hairballs.
There is a slippery agent in the flaxseed as well as oil (omega 3 and 6) that contribute to this remedy. I grind up about 1/3-1/2 cup at a time (I give it to 2 cats) - keep it refrigerated. (I keep the whole flaxseeds frozen). I give them about 1/4 tsp every other day - sprinkled on their food. And the best news----->Both Cats Like It :o)
[YEA] Using a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide for every 5lbs every 10 minutes can help your pet bring up a hairball or any poison your pet has ingested.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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[YEA] Our eight month old kitten started throwing up hairballs two months ago and we used the malt jam and dry hairball cat food. If we didn't find a hairball one day we would fine two the next day. We eat oatmeal most every morning so I started to give her one tablespoon every morning. You guess it. No more hairballs. I'm sure that the oatmeal has cured her hairball problem. Give me your feed back.
[YEA] I love this site. I have a few cats, chickens, dog and many rabbits so any home remedies are helpful when dealing with an ailment. Due to the large number of pets any money saved with home remedies is a plus.
I raise rabbits and worry about hairballs since rabbits can't throw up the hairballs like cats I read on the internet somewhere that prunes, pumpkin pie filling and also 100% pure unsweetened pineapple juice can help break up the hair and allow it to be digested.
I have used both prunes and pineapple juice with no problems. Every so often I either give my rabbit a prune, pineapple juice mixed in the water or even some pumpkin pie filling and have been fortunate enough not to have hairball problems.
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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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Alexandria, Va (usa)
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[YEA] Got rid of hairball problem for my cat by rubbing a fingertipe amount of petrolum jelly on her leg every night. She licks it off and hairball problem and vomiting is gone. I went to a health food store and eveutally bought unpetroleum jelly as I thought it as better.
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North Carolina, US
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Huntington Beach , Ca.