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Hairball Remedies

Hairball Remedies

If you have a cat, you know how worrisome hairballs can be, and what nasty little surprises they are when you find one unexpectedly.

Try these simple tips to keep your beloved cats hairball-free:

1. Regular brushing will reduce the amount of fur your cat ingests. Most cats adore being gently brushed, so keep a cat brush next to each of your favorite chairs. When kitty jumps in your lap, the brush will be handy.

2. Try a dab of non-petroleum jelly on your cat’s nose. When she licks it off, it will coat her stomach and prevent hairball build-up.

3. A teaspoon of fish oil poured on your cat’s food once a week is a good natural lubricant to help your cat pass the hairball through without having to vomit it up.

4. A spoonful of canned pumpkin or one teaspoon of bran daily are two other time-honored remedies for hairballs.

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Adapted from The Kitten Owner’s Manual, by Arden Moore (Storey Books, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Arden Moore. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from The Kitten Owner’s Manual, by Arden Moore (Storey Books, 2001).

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5:42PM PDT on May 19, 2013

Thanks for the tips !! My cat is a very furry tabby and regular brushing is not enough ..:)

10:51PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Thank for sharing. Helpful tips.

6:11AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013


6:20PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Ask your VET

7:59AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Great tips. I'm gonna try the pumpkin one as this one is new to me. Thank you.

2:44AM PST on Feb 18, 2013


11:12AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

thankx these handy tips r great im giving my cat pro biotics from the vet
it does help but somtimes i get a little message but no worries ! its no ware
near as bad

2:27AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Thanks for the post.

5:44PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Pumpkin is a new one for me.

11:23AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Thanks for this information...

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