Friday, July 31, 2009

What's a good rememdy for cat fur balls, my cat coughs like he has a fur ball but can't get it up?

My male cat coughs occasionally, doesn't seem sick, but seems to be like a fur ball caught and can't get it up or throw it up. What is something to do to get it up for him, any good rememdy's? Also, even though he doesn't seem sick, would you still take him to the vet or see if it is the fur ball first. He's still eating, drinking water, loving just as normal just goes and hides when he coughs every now and then, and my other cats look at him funny. It's kind of a rough sounding cough, and rarely and a friend heard it and said fur ball. I don't have alot of money, but he's my baby, and if need to take him, I would spend my grocery money if need be.please help.
Try a dab of vaseline on his paw. He will undoubtably lick it clean. Its a safe and easy way to aid in elimination of hairballs.
You can also purchase the supplement Laxatone but if the cough continues get to the vet. Have a blood panel done that includes a feline heartworm test.
hairballs r caused by the cat swallowing hair while it grooms,so if u brush its fur often, it might stop.
a tube of fur ball medicine is not that much or just put a little Vaseline on his front paws and he will lick it off and that will work also
there is a cat food that's made just for that. look at your local store.
I wouldn't worry about a trip to the vet . . . hairballs are really common. Some cats won't eat treats but if yours will you can buy cat treats formulated to help with hairballs, also some cat foods are formulated for hairball prevention. All the vet will be able to do for hairballs is sell you the gel which you can buy online or at some pet stores. Here's a link for some of the hairball treatment gels:
You can buy furball remedy from the pet store. Most of them are the same. I got one from the vet's that cost 3 times as much and had exactly the same ingredients !
As long as he's still eating and drinking and acting normal I would try that first (ASAP), if it doesn't work go to the vet as he could have eaten something strange and have a partial blockage.
Hairballs are common, but nothing to take lightly. Cats can either throw them up or pass them in their stools, but the hairballs can also create genuine problems. The vet's office is the best route, especially if this is a new trouble for your guy. The hairballs come from normal grooming...the hair sticks to the cat's tongue. But if he is suddenly experiencing hairballs, there could be some change in his well-being: more stress? a problem with his coat? flea bite dermatitis, etc.
Yes, there are simple things such as changing food (some cat foods have special formulations to prevent/remove hairballs). There are supplements that dissolve or help a cat move the hairball down its throat. Gels, laxatives, tinctures, supplements, etc., many of which are inexpensive. But the safest thing is to have a vet suggest these things. If you have a vet who is familiar with your cat, he or she might suggest a first-step remedy on the phone, which could resolve the problem...and not require a visit. But you're right to be concerned.
brush him everyday to help reduce the amount of shedding hair. mine uses pounce hairball treatment and it works fine (you can get it at the grocery store). you can also get something called cat grass that you grow yourself and the cats eat it to help with digestion.
You can purchase Hairball Remedy at a Pet Store. It comes in a tube like toothpaste. If you get one that is meat flavored, he will probably just lick it right off your finger.
I give all my cats Laxatone - a flavored paste in a tube that coats the hairball in their tummies so that they can simply pass them out the other end.
If you want to encourage your cats to regurgitate the hairball, make real grass available to them - they eat it, it irritates their tums and they barf the hairball (and any food in the tum at the time) up.
Frankly, Laxatone is easier.

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