Preventing Cat Hairballs

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January 10, 2011

Close-up Black and White of Long HairedTo prevent troublesome hairballs, apply a dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system.


Source: My vet told me this years ago.

By Irishwitch from Aurora, CO

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Catherine Forman
April 16, 2006

Because your cat is such a conscientious groomer, you will find that from time to time he experiences a delightful phenomenon known as a hairball. Ah, hairballs. The hacking, the spitting up, and the singular delight of accidentally stepping in a fresh one.

silver gray cat grooming itself

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September 29, 2010

What can I do for my cat's hairballs?

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September 29, 20100 found this helpful

I brush my cats, and if I notice that they're trying to hack up furballs, I start to give them Petromalt. We get ours at Petsmart, but I think I've seen a Hartz brand hairball remedy at Wal-Mart or Target.


I'll give it to them a few times a week to help pass the hairballs, and then they're okay for a while. They love Petromalt, so I just squeeze some on the back of a spoon and they lick it all off!

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September 30, 20100 found this helpful

My Rachel used to have those all the time and what works for her is a teaspoon of either plain yogurt, cream cheese or sour cream every morning. The fur balls stopped within the first week of doing that and she loves this special first thing in the morning treat. She also gets a good brushing a couple of times a week which she also loves. :-)

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March 21, 2012

How much fish oil should I mix with cat food to help prevent hairballs?



March 21, 20120 found this helpful

Not much at all. I didn't know kittens suffered from that much. Are you having a bad problem with it?

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January 10, 2011

If your cat suffers from hairballs, here is a cheap, useful remedy. Just give him a teaspoon of Vaseline every 2 weeks and the problem should be alleviated. By Robin

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September 29, 2010

I have a 15 year old cat that is having a terrible time with hairballs. I have switched to wet food thinking he might be able to get it down easier and keep it down.

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