Cats and Hairballs

Cooksie

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I feed my cats hairball preventative food. They've never had a real problem with hairballs until about a month ago. All of a sudden, they were yakking hairballs.

I bought these treats called Greenies/Tuna/Hairball Prevention. They haven't had a single episode of hairball problems since. I hope these continue to work.

I do brush them but not as often as I should.

Question for those of you with cats...what works for your cats? I read something about putting a little coconut oil on their food.

Edit to add: I only give them two each per day. Pkg says a heck of a lot more. I just wasn't willing to do that.
 

medtran49

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We use a laxative made for cats. It's a paste/gel that comes in a tube. I have to squirt it in their mouths because they ate both finicky, though supposedly some cats will lick it off their food or your fingers. I think Laxatone is 1 brand. You can get it at any pet supply. I mainly have to give it to 1 cat because he is prone to constipation, as he won't eat wet food and drinks very little.
 

QSis

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This was the first year that my cat had hairball issues. I bought Iams Hairball dry food to mix with my cat's Science Diet food, bought a glove to remove hair when patting, and a cat comb.

The hairballs have stopped, but I think it's because he stopped shedding so much. I might try the Greenies if it happens again - he loves those.

Now his problem is biting the hair off the base of his tail. It's not fleas. Vet thinks it might be an allergic reaction to food, so I stopped the Iams. I heard that cats food allergies might be caused by beef or chicken, so I'm going to try tuna and salmon flavored foods.

Lee
 

Cooksie

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We use a laxative made for cats. It's a paste/gel that comes in a tube. I have to squirt it in their mouths because they ate both finicky, though supposedly some cats will lick it off their food or your fingers. I think Laxatone is 1 brand. You can get it at any pet supply. I mainly have to give it to 1 cat because he is prone to constipation, as he won't eat wet food and drinks very little.

I'll look into the laxatone more later. I just did a quick look, and it's much less expensive that greenies. I guess that's my main problem with Greenies, they're just too expensive.

This was the first year that my cat had hairball issues. I bought Iams Hairball dry food to mix with my cat's Science Diet food, bought a glove to remove hair when patting, and a cat comb.

The hairballs have stopped, but I think it's because he stopped shedding so much. I might try the Greenies if it happens again - he loves those.

Now his problem is biting the hair off the base of his tail. It's not fleas. Vet thinks it might be an allergic reaction to food, so I stopped the Iams. I heard that cats food allergies might be caused by beef or chicken, so I'm going to try tuna and salmon flavored foods.

Lee

I sure hope it's not allergies. I had a cat that had to have allergy shots. I couldn't even bring myself to give him a shot. My husband had to do it. He bit his hair so bad that he stained my ottoman. It wasn't pretty. I still loved him.
 

QSis

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I sure hope it's not allergies. I had a cat that had to have allergy shots.

Did you ever discover what he was allergic to? Did the shots work? How often did you have to inject?

I don't mind giving shots, as I gave them to my diabetic cat for 6 years after he was diagnosed.

Lee
 

Cooksie

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Did you ever discover what he was allergic to? Did the shots work? How often did you have to inject?

I don't mind giving shots, as I gave them to my diabetic cat for 6 years after he was diagnosed.

Lee

This was a long time ago. The shots worked. After everything cleared up, we may have given him a couple more rounds but it wasn't any kind of long term treatment. After that one problem, it just disappeared and he was a happy little camper again.

I don't remember if the injections were, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. They weren't daily. If the vet told us what he was allergic to, I don't remember. I'm pretty sure it wasn't food. His affected area was on his back leg.
 

Cooksie

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Another update...still giving my cats Greenies and still not a single problem with hairballs. I only give them two a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
 
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