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Author Topic: what do y'all use for hairball remedy?  (Read 4591 times)
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« on: February 02, 2012, 09:29:38 AM »

Sophs has been throwing up a little more than normal, we suspect hairballs but arent sure.  This morning she threw up all down the side of her kitty twee and the wall, omg, what a mess.  We have some Laxatone but just the word "lax" with her diarrhea issues makes me cringe.  I was wondering what you use for hairballs? 
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 09:48:52 AM »

I use salmon oil to relieve mild hairballs and prevent further ones.  If she isn't allergic, you could try that, either the oil itself added to her food, or slightly-oily freeze-dried salmon treats broken up in small bits.  IF she will eat it--this is Sophers.  (Salmon oil should not be administered via syringe because if aspirated into the lungs, oils can cause serious problems.)
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012, 11:44:20 AM »

Mom just uses plain 'ol Vaseline. Mine don't get a whole lot of hairballs but I use one of those maple-flavored preparations for the odd times it crops up.
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 12:17:39 PM »

Oh yeah, I forgot about that maple stuff.  Maybe I'll give that a try, I know KiKi loved the taste of it...but....this is Sophers afterall.   Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2012, 12:25:46 PM »

Poor you!  Poor Sophers.  What a mess.  When Fizzy barfed, I swear she could hit four walls at once.  The only brand she would accept was Hartz Original flavor.  Scooby liked the salmon.  Kozy doesn't seem to have many hairballs.  Yay.  (Hope I didn't just jinx myself Tongue)

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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012, 02:11:00 PM »

Of course, they always go to the highest point possible to ensure the largest mess possible. How else would you know how upset the little tummy is?   Tongue

Have used Kittymalt Original flavour in the past. Currently only have Laxatone in the house which Trevor does not like - fortunately hairballs don't seem to be a big issue for him so far.  The malt flavour seemed to be the most popular in our household originally.
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2012, 02:41:10 PM »

We used to use Petromalt and the cats liked it. They got so they wouldn't take it though. We haven't had many hairballs coming up lately, so I haven't sought out anything else.
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2012, 03:01:28 PM »

OK, picked up some Petromalt and some salmon oil at the store.  Of course wouldnt you know, right now she seems stable after having a rough day yesterday...for some reason she seems to be running short fevers after she throws up.  But for now things are improved so Im not giving her anything to let her stabilize first.  I think the first thing I will try in a few days is the salmon oil and take it from there.  Somehow I suspect she wont touch her food with that in it...but maybe she will prove me wrong.  It is Sophers, afterall.  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2012, 06:21:52 PM »

Does she like salmon ? You could puree some with some low fat cream cheese & make little treat balls. Keep them in the fridge & extra in the freezer.The salmon oil & the fat in the cheese would both help.
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2012, 07:51:38 PM »

LOL Leslie, she wont eat fresh salmon!  Can you believe it?  We've fixed her fresh-caught steamed salmon before and she wont touch it, just as she wont touch most human foods.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2012, 07:35:29 AM »

Well it is Sophers after all ! Why would she eat fresh Alaskan salmon ?!  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2012, 05:40:13 PM »

Sandi, I have been able to stop/prevent hairballs with a Zoom Groom.   It's not a brush but has rubber teeth instead of bristles that gently grab onto any loose hair.   It makes a big mess so you have to groom with a regular slicker during and afterwards, but I guarantee that you will fill up a bag of hair in the first sitting.   You can get them at Petco or just about anywhere really.  

http://www.amazon.com/Kong-CZG-KONG-ZoomGroom-Purple/dp/B0002AR18M/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1328578948&sr=1-2
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