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I can't stop the hairballs!

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I have a 1.5 yr old cat with medium length hair. Twice a week I get the hairball(s) on the carpet. Here is a list of everything I've done SIMULTANEOUSLY:

- Constant brushing...sometimes 3x a day
- Hairball control premium dryfood
- Hairball control premium wetfood
- Several types of Petromalt/laxatone etc used as directed
- Organic grass to nibble
- Daily tablespoon of Pumpkin Filling

The cat recently had a physical at the vet and all was fine.

She just started doing this within the last month or two. Before that, once a month MAYBE.

One thought: it's recently gotten very HOT here (100-110 degrees F here in Vegas). So maybe the winter/spring coat is coming out en masse. If it's seasonal shedding, when will it stop???

Please help me with more suggestions.
post #2 of 16
Join the club. I'm coming home 3-4 times a week to find hairballs hacked up

Their on furball control kibbles, Laxatone, and a good daily brush and i still get them.

I feel it for the cats to be honest, poor things having to cough those up
post #3 of 16
My cat has been coughing them up alot lately too.
post #4 of 16
*crossing fingers* Ollie's been ok lately

But he is shedding a lot cuz of the heat and I just gave him a bath, so I've been giving him peanut butter at night before bed and we've been ok so far (Note: he doesn't willingly eat the PB so I put some on my finger and get him between my legs on the floor, open the mouth and smoosh it in there lol)
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
What does Peanut Butter do? Bind like with pumpkin filling?
post #6 of 16
Yeah the PB sticks to the hair clumps so they pass

We used to use it when I worked at the vet when we had an animal that ate something it shouldn't have.... as long as it wasn't something super dangerous, we'd give PB first to see if it would pass without surgery
post #7 of 16
maybe i should try peanut butter instead of hairball gel for Chip... he might like it better. he certainly wouldn't like it less!
post #8 of 16
Hmmm...I will have to try that!
post #9 of 16
I would just make sure to get smooth (not chunky) organic PB... wegmans makes their own brand, it's in a red label jar and only like a couple of dollars.
post #10 of 16
I must try the PB thing.
Usually raw food eater don't get hairballs but this summer I have had 2 out of 3 cats. May not sound like much but I have only had hairballs 5 times the entire time I have had my cats so 2 in a month is a lot.
post #11 of 16
Must try some peanut butter with mine as well
post #12 of 16
Do you bathe your cat regularly? Mine all get a bath once a month and I've never seen a hair ball. They don't get any fancy food or vitamins, although they get an egg every now and again.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
Do you bathe your cat regularly? Mine all get a bath once a month and I've never seen a hair ball. They don't get any fancy food or vitamins, although they get an egg every now and again.
Oliver gets a bath once a month (helps with human allergies and I can't stand him smelling like the potty box after a month)... but he is also quite particular about preening himself - he's kinda vain and MUST look his best at all times
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by BuzbyJLC10 View Post
* (Note: he doesn't willingly eat the PB so I put some on my finger and get him between my legs on the floor, open the mouth and smoosh it in there lol)
I'm picturing having to do this to George and it's making me laugh! He would not be cooperating at all!

Thankfully, with hairball treats and a nightly feeding of wet food (kibble out all day) George doesn't have many hairballs. But until I added those - yiikes!! Several times a week the poor thing coughed one up. At least I always find them in the same spot (the hallway to the bedrooms) - so no surprises lurking in the closet
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by George's Mom View Post
I'm picturing having to do this to George and it's making me laugh! He would not be cooperating at all!

Thankfully, with hairball treats and a nightly feeding of wet food (kibble out all day) George doesn't have many hairballs. But until I added those - yiikes!! Several times a week the poor thing coughed one up. At least I always find them in the same spot (the hallway to the bedrooms) - so no surprises lurking in the closet
Ollie gets hairball treats, kibble all the time and wet at night too and it doesn't always do the trick so I add the PB... he's a big picky pants though, he won't eat the chewable heartworm pills that are beef flavored - I have to pill him... at least he's easy to pill lol
post #16 of 16
I use a brush called - Furminator.
It pulls the under coat off, our cats carry way too much under coat. We brush the top but it does nothing for the soft under coat. My groomer lives next door, and helped me to understand how much extra fur my cats had.I try to brush 1 time a month with this brush but in the summer a couple times a month.
K.
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