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Old 24.05.2011, 22:04
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Hairball Remedies for Cats

I have searched briefly, and found this thread on sensitive stomachs, but nothing specifically on hairballs.

I just brought my cat over from the US in the beginning of April. Ever since, he has been throwing up like it is his job. We are talking once or twice daily. And it is always hairball-related. We have tried changing his food, adding (various) oils so that he sheds less and/or to make the hair go through his system easier, but nothing seems to work. In the US, he would throw up a hairball maybe once every two weeks (because he is long-haired and obsessive about cleaning himself), which I think is normal. But everyday? And lots of times twice a day? Not so much.

I saw the suggestion of malt paste, but what is that exactly? And does it actually work? And where would I find it here?

Any other suggestions of known remedies would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 24.05.2011, 22:12
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I have searched briefly, and found this thread on sensitive stomachs, but nothing specifically on hairballs.

I just brought my cat over from the US in the beginning of April. Ever since, he has been throwing up like it is his job. We are talking once or twice daily. And it is always hairball-related. We have tried changing his food, adding (various) oils so that he sheds less and/or to make the hair go through his system easier, but nothing seems to work. In the US, he would throw up a hairball maybe once every two weeks (because he is long-haired and obsessive about cleaning himself), which I think is normal. But everyday? And lots of times twice a day? Not so much.

I saw the suggestion of malt paste, but what is that exactly? And does it actually work? And where would I find it here?

Any other suggestions of known remedies would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Can it be that he's just having a long time getting acclimated to the environment (different air/water)?
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Old 24.05.2011, 22:47
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Can it be that he's just having a long time getting acclimated to the environment (different air/water)?
I have definitely taken that into consideration...and it is definitely possible. But it has been six weeks, on the same food/water, and the hairball situation is possibly getting worse rather than better. I also give him the hairball treats and he loves them but it doesn't help the situation.

I have also had a cat die from an intestinal blockage, so I know what that looks like and this is not it (so please, lets not go there)...

I am looking for suggestions to keep him from throwing up everyday. Occasionally, it is more than normal, but everyday, in my opinion, it is not.
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Old 25.05.2011, 00:13
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Re: Hairball Remedies for Cats

How is his shedding in general? Is he shedding more (often happens with "stress" or excitement) and so maybe has excessive fur to swallow and therefore hack back up?

Perhaps instead of trying from the internal side of things, try from outside - maybe try giving more frequent brushing or possibly even shaving him, to see if that helps.
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Re: Hairball Remedies for Cats

Whiskas make these treats for cats called 'anti-hairballs', you can find them in the large coops. We give them to our cat from time to time and he never has a hairball problems.
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Old 25.05.2011, 14:31
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Whiskas make these treats for cats called 'anti-hairballs', you can find them in the large coops. We give them to our cat from time to time and he never has a hairball problems.
Yeah, I give him those already too... It doesn't help, unfortunately.

We are trying butter right now, so we will see if it works any better than oil. And we are buying a different brush to try and remove a lot of the hair as Peg A suggested (I could never shave him though--he is way too beautiful).
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Old 25.05.2011, 14:31
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Re: Hairball Remedies for Cats

when i worked at a vet a while ago the vet told me to take a dollop of vaseline and push it down into the back of their mouth, that it is the same as the hairball remedies. good luck!
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Old 25.05.2011, 14:40
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Re: Hairball Remedies for Cats

I'd go with a two-pronged approach.

First, help kitty with his fur. Get a furminator and help to thin out the undercoat so he ingests less fur. You'll probably have to order one from the UK, I never did find one when I was living in Switzerland. (They're inexpensive enough you shouldn't be hit with customs costs)

Then get some malt paste. I use Gimpet Malt-Soft-Extra, which seems to keep my hairball-prone girl from developing too many hairballs. (info in English). It helps to break up the hairballs in their gut so they can digest it.

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Re: Hairball Remedies for Cats

We’ve been giving our two little Birmans the Selena Vitamin Paste which has malt to aid in digestion of the hairballs. We give them aprox 1cm with their morning meal. They will almost always eat it, even if they turn up their noses at the food.

But Migros doesn’t stock these any more, not in the shops, no longer on their website. As Selena is an own-brand for Migros I’m guessing this means that they have discontinue the product.

Birmans are long hair and Fastidious cleaners hence the problem.

Of course a search gives me a plethora of options, some being quite expensive.

I would appreciate if some kind EF’s could give me a recommendation for an alternate product. Many thanks in advance.
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Re: Hairball Remedies for Cats

We get cat grass from Landi, which the cat likes and is supposed to be against hairballs.

Also Coop sells Vitakraft Liquid snack against hair balls...
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We get cat grass from Landi, which the cat likes and is supposed to be against hairballs.

Also Coop sells Vitakraft Liquid snack against hair balls...
One of ours is frequently sick, always has been, particularly at this time of year when he's moulting. Recently we've been feeding him more with the Ultima or Purina One dried foods that claim to be good for this, and it kinda seems to be working, although he eats other stuff as well. Still sick occasionally, but not as much as he has bee at some points, so cannot draw a clear conclusion.
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Re: Hairball Remedies for Cats

We get these from Landi for our cat.
He really likes them and they appear to work.

https://www.landi.ch/fr/shop/snacks-...age-60-g_33305
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Re: Hairball Remedies for Cats

I got this (Actipet-Hairball-Formula-Natural-Chicken-Tuna-Flavor-60-Chewable-Tablets) from iherb, but, seems unavailable right now, even though it shows in this page:
https://www.iherb.com/c/pet-hairball-remedy
https://www.iherb.com/pr/Actipet-Hai...-Tablets/37501

And here the link to vitacost (also unavailable right now):
https://www.vitacost.com/actipet-hairball-formula

Seemed to help my short hair cat.

My long hair cat never had hairball problems - go figure!

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Re: Hairball Remedies for Cats

Just curious but is there a reason why so many similar products are not available?

And before some smartass answers yes, I’d be more interested why this would be.

Perhaps the malt comes from breweries...
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