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Natural remedy for cat's hair balls ?

Frenchy
February 28th, 2008, 08:11 PM
Paddy :cat: was "chocking" on a fur ball earlier , and I don't have anything for this in my house , Monsieur le chat never had this problem and Paddy neither ... until today. Is there something I can give him (like honey? ) or should I buy the stuff from the pet store ?

happycats
February 28th, 2008, 08:25 PM
this site http://kitchen.robbiehaf.com/PetHomeRemedies.html
a little over half way down says a little petroeium jelly


Other interestng stuff on that sight!

Frenchy
February 28th, 2008, 08:32 PM
this site http://kitchen.robbiehaf.com/PetHomeRemedies.html
a little over half way down says a little petroeium jelly


Other interestng stuff on that sight!

That's a great website happycats ! Thanks :thumbs up

happycats
February 28th, 2008, 08:34 PM
No problem! ;)

sugarcatmom
February 28th, 2008, 08:54 PM
I have to disagree with the petroleum jelly thing. Because it can never be eliminated or assimilated from the body (same as with mineral oil), it has the potential to cause an inflammatory response. Although the following quotes pertain to constipation, the premise is the same.

From the Merck Veterinary Manual:
Lubricant laxatives usually contain mineral oil or white petroleum. Chronic use may reduce intestinal absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and cause a granulomatous enteritis. Mineral oil is very commonly used in horses and cattle, and commercial products are available to promote passage of hairballs in cats.

From Mar Vista Vet:
An old fashioned remedy has been the oral administration of mineral oil. It is best to avoid this temptation as mineral oil, being a light fluid without flavor, is easily inhaled accidentally into the respiratory tract. Since it is a mineral based compound, it cannot ever be removed by the body and the immune system will forever attempt to wall it off with inflammatory granulomas.

Instead I'd suggest maybe using olive oil or butter.

ancientgirl
February 28th, 2008, 08:59 PM
That is a very good site. I bookmarked it.

I read that Petroleum Jelly remedy, but do they mean like vaseline type stuff? I just can't imagine giving them that. Maybe because I can't imagine eating it myself.

Vlad is the only one that doesn't have hairball issues. At least I've never seen him having a problem trying to get rid of one, not like Oksana, Maks and Kiska. I've been giving them all Laxatone. Every now and then when I clean the litter box I clean up some um, hairy poops.:yuck:

Frenchy
February 28th, 2008, 09:02 PM
Instead I'd suggest maybe using olive oil or butter.

ohhhh butter , he will love it !

happycats
February 28th, 2008, 09:12 PM
I have to disagree with the petroleum jelly thing. Because it can never be eliminated or assimilated from the body (same as with mineral oil), it has the potential to cause an inflammatory response. Although the following quotes pertain to constipation, the premise is the same.

From the Merck Veterinary Manual:


From Mar Vista Vet:


Instead I'd suggest maybe using olive oil or butter.


Thanks Sugarcatmom!! great advise!
You are an amazing wealth of knowledge, I always look forward to the great advise in your posts:)

onster
February 28th, 2008, 11:34 PM
i usually just give my kitties a lil melted butter/ a little bit of canola oil. They reaallly like the canola oil for some reason.

ancientgirl
February 29th, 2008, 09:08 AM
How much do you guys give? Mine LOVE butter, but I don't want to give too much.

Jim Hall
February 29th, 2008, 09:41 AM
olive oil if its going out the back end lol front ennd if she his hacking
keep a moist enviorment

Not to sure what you ment by" shocking"

onster
February 29th, 2008, 11:58 AM
do cats actually like olive oil? I use extra virgin cold pressed at home and thought it would have too much of a fruity taste.

I think she meant choking jim :)

06canyon
February 29th, 2008, 12:28 PM
Allie will just eat grass. I've tried growing it in the house over the winter bust she just eats the new shoots. I don't have to worry about her eating too much, she just stops when she's had enough

Frenchy
February 29th, 2008, 12:33 PM
I think she meant choking jim :)

That's it Onster .

BAILEYSMUDGE
February 29th, 2008, 12:49 PM
Bailey and Smudge have never (yet) brought up a fur ball...they pass them out the back end.... a while ago Bailey got constipated... (I didn't know then that it was from passing fur)... I tried him on the pumpkin diet but it didn't really work (although he loved it)... I got a small bag Hairball kibble... later the same day... I found out it was fur that was plugging him up... poor guy... he's fine now.

krdahmer
February 29th, 2008, 03:19 PM
I forgot to mention, I also have catgrass in the house and since having that available for them the frequency of the furballs has gone down a bit... although now and then I do get a pile of chewed grass to pick up :yuck:...

I buy it at the A&P here for $1.99-$2.99, usually two at a time, I am yet to keep one alive though... once they've eaten all the green it usually turns brown and dies off... must be my black thumbs. The two I have now are doing alright though because they are switching back and forth so one gets a bit of sun and recovery while they eat the other.