Hairballs - personal experiences
Hairballs experience by - cory
orange county, california
My cat always had problems, gagging and heaving. I bought a product called laxatone, it helps lubricate their stomach and fiber pills which I open up and put the powder in his wetfood.....it really helps. I got it all from petmeds.com
Hairballs experience by - mel
I just want to say be careful with those over the counter hairball remedies.They contain petroleum jelly which is harmful over long term use.All natural pumpkin and shaving my cat so she doesnt eat all that hair has worked great for me.I even asked a vet about long term use of OTC hairball treatments because she said thats what she gives her cats,but she had no answer whether it was safe or not for long term.
Hairballs experience by - Grace
Niagara Falls, NY
Chip, my 14 yr. old cat has been vomiting for years. He vomits right after eating,(eats too fast?) he vomits hairballs, too. He is a short haired tabby, and will not take the laxatone. He recently stopped eating, was projectile vomiting food & bile. A trip to the vet, xrays, showed some obstructions. He pooped out long, thin feces, which was all hair. He went on a feeding tube for a few days, got an ultrasound, which showed nothing out of the ordinary, except something in the stomach, gas in the colon.... we feel it is another hairball that Chip simply cannot push out because he is not eating solids. He was sent home over the weekend to see if he would start eating on his own and let nature take its course. I did some research on my own, and read about canned pumpkin. I immediately gave him 2 tablespoons by way of syringe. @ days have passed; he is starting to eat small mouthfuls (I have been feeding him catfood via syringe), but still has not pooped in 3 days. A trip back to the vet is warranted, probably endoscopy to remove hairball? or foreign object? wish I heard about the pumpkin earlier. A lot cheaper route to follow!
Hopefully I will have a happy ending, as his sister is now going through chemo for gastric lymphona (Wisconsin- Madison Protocol) with good results. I would appreciate any prayers you can send my way... Just lost a 20 yr. old cat this past summer...
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