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Old February 12th, 2022, 11:28 PM
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hairball remedies for picky cat

For the past couple of days now, my cat Ambre has been throwing up what might be hairballs. When he first started, there was solid pieces of chicken in his vomit as well, but I just thought that he might have eaten something too fast. He makes gagging sounds before coughing up water and cat grass, but what else should we be looking for?

I'm thinking what my family and I can give him to help him, but his tastes are very picky. He eats cat food in pate form, and only certain brands and flavors. After a visit to the vet, we tried giving him different cat foods which have different nutrients, but he only ate one bite from one can before deciding that he didn't like it. Is there some kind of tasteless medicine or something we could give him to help him with the hairballs?
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Old February 13th, 2022, 08:50 AM
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Will he let you brush him? I use a flea comb on our big shedder at least once a day. The close-set tines of the flea brush (which was actually marketed for the dogs) grip the dead hair better and pull more out. When it's shedding season, I'll brush him twice a day. It really does seem to cut down on the hairballs.

What did the vet say about the vomiting?
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Old February 13th, 2022, 12:27 PM
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Actually, the vet doesn't know about the vomiting yet. I'm going to call on Monday and see what she says.

As for brushing, yes, he lets us get near him, but shortly after, he's 'I'm bored with this' and walks away. I do use a lint roller on him when he's lying down, and I get hair out that way.
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Old February 13th, 2022, 06:39 PM
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The vet might be able to recommend a product to help the hair pass.

Lint roller, eh? I might have to try that for my other cat! She gets bored of the brush quickly, too!
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Old February 13th, 2022, 08:31 PM
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Hello.........

Something you might want to check with your vet when you are talking to her.
If the throw ups are actually regurgitation rather than hairball. I have had quite a time in the past with regurge throw ups anywhere from a matter of a few minutes up to four hours or better.

I found that after feeding BB our cat, if I picked her up and placed her on my chest and walked around the kitchen that the likelihood of a throw up was pretty well eliminated. Something else that I found that also helped, was elevating the dish 2 to 4 inches, due to the fact that she preferred to stand to eat rather than squat. This causes the food to go down the Esophagus to the Trachea where there is like a valve to stop the food from going into the lungs. Then it goes on towards the stomach. If she's eating too fast, this blockage occurs and then you have the regurge.

In regards to a good pre and probiotics, I stumbled across Adored Beast Apothecary digestive enzymes. I started using this last fall with all three of our cats and been quite pleased with the results. It took a little time to get started.

The digestive enzymes are made from the Larch tree which is designed for dogs and cats.

I think you might be wise to have a look into it. Their web site is Adoredbeast.com they are located on the east coast of Canada in New Brunswick.

Hope this sort of helps. Since Hazel didn't ask for photos, I'll ask in her place. LOL

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Old February 14th, 2022, 09:17 AM
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Ach, my bad!! Yes, photos are a necessity! I'll second that request!
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