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.

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).


Gabriela Baldaia
Gabriela Baldaia4 years ago

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

Past Member 4 years ago

Thank for sharing. Helpful tips.

Antonella C.
Antonella C4 years ago


Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

Ask your VET

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

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

Val M.
Val M5 years ago


Yvette S.
Yvette Seargeant5 years ago

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

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for the post.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Pumpkin is a new one for me.

Joy Mcronald
Joy M6 years ago

Thanks for this information...