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So my cat coughed up a hairball, now what?

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So my cat coughed up a hairball, now what?

This is the third time in about a month, he never had a problem before until this summer and he is shedding like mad. Should I take him to see a vet? Should I leave it go?

He is a short hair tabby, and it looks like the shedding is finally starting to slow down.

Suggestions?
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My two shed more in summer and get more hairballs. I think it is part of being a cat.
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Old 07-15-06, 02:29 PM
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Brush every day and give him some Laxatone (animal laxative.)
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Add this to their diet:

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I think mine has a hairball, he's been puking up a little bit of food almost daily
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You should eat the hairball before someone else decides to.
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Make sure the hairball gets plenty of fluids and bedrest.
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Name the hairball Bandoman, and send it to law school







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I agree with ukywyldcat.

Eat the hairball. It has massive amounts of proteins not found in current foods.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
I agree with ukywyldcat.

Eat the hairball. It has massive amounts of proteins not found in current foods.
flea proteins
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Originally Posted by milo bloom
Brush every day and give him some Laxatone (animal laxative.)
Thanks for the good advice, now to find my brush and my pussy.
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Felinus Hairballim Protienus "FHB"

A recently discovered protein, FHB is becoming popular and could replace protein drinks currently in stores. FHB contains various amounts of unknown microbes which can benefit a human being. The bigger the cat, the larger the FHB content. To maximize your FHB intake, the hairball must be fresh and vomited out of the feline's mouth within a period of 10 minutes.
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Every time I think, wow my cat hasnt barfed in a while... she will. NOW that I have thought about it, I will probably be cleaning up a mess tonight.
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Originally Posted by Lateralus
... and my pussy.
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Look into the Science Diet hairball control formula.

Cats vomitting is not like most animals, it doesn't mean jack shit. Don't sweat it and try to understand it is just part of who they are.
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Kinda like people peeing in public?
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Old 07-16-06, 12:32 AM
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Shave the cat. It can't have hairballs if it can't eat its own hair.
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Add a little sulfuric acid to it's diet, it's been know to dissolve hairballs quite efficiently.
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You should probably try some Dran-o. That clears up hairballs in our sinks.

Note: I am not a vet. I have not tried the above method. I am not responsible for any abnormal reactions.
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Old 07-16-06, 11:45 AM
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I just put a little vaseline on the cat's paws when they get hairbally. They lick it off, and it lubricates the hair on through to the right end.

I can't decide which is worse, stepping on a cold slimy hairball in the middle of the night, or an a warm mushy one.
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger
I can't decide which is worse, stepping on a cold slimy hairball in the middle of the night, or an a warm mushy one.
You aren't supposed to step on hairballs, your supposed to eat them! While the warm, mushy ones are highly sought after and are considered a delicacy by various so-called hairball aficionados, those who are truly in the know are keen in on how much tastier a cold, slimy one can be.

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Okay, even though these other answers are hilarious (if gross), I'm going to be serious.

Your cat will have more hairballs in the summer because of her shedding. Give her some hairball control paste (sold as Petromalt or Laxatone) once per week. You can do it twice, but no more than that since it's a mild laxative and you don't want to upset her stomach.

Brush her daily.

Also, you can add a little fiber to her diet if she'll let you by giving her some canned pumpkin. If you feed her canned food, just mix a little in. Not too much, in case she won't eat it. (Mine won't ... this works for some cats, not all).

Make sure she always has plenty of fresh water available.

My two black cats don't have many hairballs because they're shorthairs. The black and white Manx gets them because Manxes have a double coat. I have to keep my eye on her, but she loves the Petromalt, so that takes care of a lot of it.
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what next, hairball ice cream?
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Old 07-17-06, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by mikehunt
I think mine has a hairball, he's been puking up a little bit of food almost daily
If this has been going on for a couple weeks and Laxatone hasn't helped, it may be wise to take your cat to the vet. Its intestines could be inflammed, thus the throwing up. Prednisone should take care of it before it progresses into a serious condition (which it can, I just can't remember what it is called). A blood test will help with diagnosis.
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