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Hairball Remedies

Is your cat prone to hairballs? Everyday your cat will ingest a lot of hair due to daily grooming routines. Hairballs can interfere with normal gastrointestinal function. They can cause indigestion, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, constipation and may even become a foreign body (blocking the intestinal tract, requiring surgical removal). Limiting hairball formation is important for your cat. Here’s a look at a couple products that can help cats that are prone to hairballs.

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Laxatone 

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  • A proven laxative and lubricant for the elimination of hairballs
  • Comes as a gel formulation
  • Available in malt or tuna flavour
  • Active ingredients are white petrolatum, light mineral oil
  • Encourages ingested fur to pass easily through the digestive tract

Laxatone can easily be mixed into canned food, but most cats will simply lick it up off a plate or spoon. A small amount can be place on their paws or nose to stimulate licking and interest in it.

Dosing instructions for cats:

Hairballs : 1/2–1 tsp daily for 2–3 days, then 1/4–1/2 tsp 2–3 times a week.
Laxative : 1/4–1/2 tsp 2–3 times a week.

Therabites Hairball Chews For Cats

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  • A supplement to help the passage of stool and groomed hair through the digestive tract.
  • Comes as a soft chew flavoured with chicken, duck and pork
  • Active ingredient is mineral oil
  • May cause diarrhea if exceeding the recommended dose
  • Not for use in kittens, pregnant or debilitated cats

Hairball chews are soft and can easily be blended into canned food, but most cats will accept them as a treat and eat them willingly.

Dosing instructions for cats:

Hairballs: Give 1-2 chews every 12 hours for 7 days, once a month, or as directed by the veterinarian.