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Kathryn4 (Owings, Md.) on 02/19/2013
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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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Replied By Jr (Coloma, Mi) on 02/25/2013

Thanks so much for that info. My cat throws up hairballs constantly. I give her the stuff from the vet, but it doesn't help. I'll try the un-petroleum jelly and see how that works. I sure would love to solve this problem.
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Replied By 4kathryn (Owings, Maryland) on 03/03/2013

You only really have to give this jelly every other night for it to be effective. Glad it has helped.
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Replied By Mary (North Carolina, US) on 12/04/2014

I use Coconut oil for hairballs. My cats just love it. This is the kind that does NOT smell like coconut.
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Hey Mary!

THANK YOU for this tip! Brilliant!!!! :-)

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Replied By Kathryn4 (Maryland, US) on 12/08/2014

You are welcome.
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Replied By Jan (Pittsburgh) on 01/10/2015

What coconut oil would not (does not) smell like coconut? I have used coconut oil for years, and have never come across any which doesn't smell like coconut.
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Replied By Libby Ames (Cincinnati) on 07/24/2020

Any coconut oil that has "Refined" on the label won't taste like coconut. I get it at Whole Foods. Or you can buy MCT oil, which is the same thing, but no flavor (medium chain tryglycerides). I put some in a little brown glass dropper bottle so I can sneak a few drops into some Fancy Feast.

Replied By Meg (Huntington Beach , Ca.) on 02/24/2015

Hi Jan, I've heard Virgin Coconut oil has the hint of smell and taste and the plain coconut oil doesn't.
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Replied By Jen (Phoenix) on 12/07/2015

Petroleum jelly is a carcinogen. This is like feeding cancer to your pet. Some of these remedies are dangerous I'm noticing.
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Replied By Kathryn4 (Maryland) on 01/18/2016

That is why you use unpetroleum jelly purchased at a health food store - non-toxic.
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Replied By Kathryn4 (Maryland, Usa) on 01/18/2016

Is olive oil safe for cats that have hairball issues? She is always grooming. I use the furminator on her daily and get alot of hair off.
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Replied By Sue Francia (Friday Harbor) on 10/21/2016

Don't know if it is really true but I read on a cat informational site on kitty constipation that olive oil can cause liver damage in cats if used long term. I have used it short term for its laxative properties.
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Replied By Sue Francia (Friday Harbor) on 10/21/2016

Jarrow Formulas makes an organic expeller Pressed Coconut Oil which has Neutral Flavor (does not taste like coconut).
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Replied By Julia (San Bay) on 08/03/2020

I agree above that Petroleum Jelly is dangerous, so I'm glad you pointed out you use Un-petroleum jelly instead. Coconut oil helped me greatly.