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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hairballs?

What is the best remedy for hairballs/eating too fast? My cats eat their food, but will throw-up minutes later. What can I do to keep the food in their tummys?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 01:26 AM
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Re: Hairballs?

Hairballs and eating too fast are two different things with 2 different remedies.

Eating too fast....if it's dry food you can put a golf ball in the dish to make them have to eat around it. Wet food can be smushed to the plate. Also limit the amount of food given at one time.

Hairballs are best treated with vaseline or hairball remedy that you can purchase in the pet store. Hairball remedy is basically flavored vaseline.


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 07:41 AM
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Re: Hairballs?

My cat would eat too fast because she was neglected and had been severly starved.

The only way for me to combat this was to make sure her dry food was full all the time. She nibbles on it through the day and doesnt over eat. She now takes her time and doesnt eat like its the last meal she'll ever have.

roughage in the diet id good to keep hairballs down. try mixing some catnip in with there mushy food
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 03:15 PM
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Re: Hairballs?

Golf balls work as do clean empty pill bottles.

Oddly, putting the food on a larger plate works as well. I have no idea why. The vet suggested it and it works. I believe it has to do with the cat thinking there is more food than there is, thus alleviating some of its anxiety or like the golf balls - they simply have to work harder by chasing the food around.

Hairballs are disgusting. I'd rather pick up a plug of cat poop. Try brushing the cat more often. You may also consider wiping him down with a moist cloth afterward to pick up additional hairs that were freed and may be on the surface. Adding a good omega oil to the diet my curb shedding if it's excessive due to dryness of skin and fur. Your vet should be able to recommend one.
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