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What is the best hairball medicine & how often should I use

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What is the best hairball medicine & how often should I use it? Norma, R.N.

Hi Norma,

 

How old is your boy?

What foods does he eat?

Does he throw up hairballs?

 

Thanks,

Terri

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
He's one year old. He's only thrown up once when he was a kitten. He trys to throw up about once a week. He retches & heaves but nothing comes up. The one time he did vomit, it was a light colored liquid. No hair was visible. However, he does shed quite a bit for a short hair. I have to wipe his table down daily and get a lot of hair in my rag. I also get hair in my hands (not a lot) when I pet him. I'm thinking it might help to brush him -- if he will allow. He's not very cuddly, loves to play, runs & jimps but doesn't sit on my lap, etc.,etc. I have to pet him on the "fly." Norma
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
He's one year old. He's only thrown up once when he was a kitten. He trys to throw up about once a week. He retches & heaves but nothing comes up. The one time he did vomit, it was a light colored liquid. No hair was visible. However, he does shed quite a bit for a short hair. I have to wipe his table down daily and get a lot of hair in my rag. I also get hair in my hands (not a lot) when I pet him. I'm thinking it might help to brush him -- if he will allow. He's not very cuddly, loves to play, runs & jimps but doesn't sit on my lap, etc.,etc. I have to pet him on the "fly." Norma P.S. I just read your profile & it talked about a cat gasping for breath. Rastus gasps for breath after the plays with his "da bird" for about 2 or 3 minutes. His tongue hangs out and his heart beats rapidally. His dry food is Purina Indoor blend and his moist is Purinea "Meaty Bites."

Dear Norma,

I am sorry your boy has all this trouble with hairballs.

A cat that eats canned food does not need hairball meds due to the oil content.

Please read:

 

http://www.catinfo.org/

 

Do not use any hartz products because they are dangerous:

 


http://www.hartzvictims.org/


http://aspcacommunity.ning.com/group/catsville/forum/topics/dangers-of-hartz-gold-flea-and

 

The best hairball med is plain vaseline as that is the ingredient plus a flavoring of laxatone, petromalt, etc.

 

Here is a natural one:

 

http://www.entirelypets.com/nathairballaid.html

 

Just add one tsp a day of fish oil like from a can of tuna or salmon and he should not need any hairball remedy.

 

I hope all will be well.

 

Warmest best wishes,

 

Terri

 

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