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Italiangreyhound Sat 22-Mar-14 23:20:49

Cat is really trying to bring up a hair ball. I am guessing there isn't much I can do to help??

Any food that works well?

He will be one next month so an adult, is that right?

How about....

Hill's Science Plan Adult Cat Hairball Control - Chicken


Hill's® Science Diet®
Adult Hairball Control

Natural Choice

Iams?? (He did not like the kitten food)

Advanced Nutrition Cat Food with Hairball Care

Purina one


crazynanna Sat 22-Mar-14 23:24:22

My girl is nearly 3, and a moggy but quite long haired, and she tries/does bring up a hairball about 4/5 times a year. I generally just leave her to it, and she either does bring it up, or stops wretching.

I don't give her any specialised food tbh..I just thought it was 'natural' confused

cozietoesie Sat 22-Mar-14 23:30:15

I'd go for regular/daily grooming before I went for a special diet. The amount of hair you get out is amazing.

Meow75 Sat 22-Mar-14 23:37:57

You can get stuff in tubes that have malt in which supposedly makes the passage of hair through the digestive tract much easier, but my cats have never been keen. If they don't like a bit of it being smeared on their food everyday, you have to be quick and get it on their paw, so they lick it off. It didn't make me popular.

The reduction in fur balls of our cats when we use the iams is dramatic, but that's the one we get because it's the first one we ever saw at Pets At Home about 15 years ago. I'd get small packs of some of the different ones and see how your cat takes to them. Any left over donate to your local shelter or a friend's cat.

Also, on occasions when iams has been out of stock, we've had James Wellbeloved, or whatever his name is. V popular but more expensive, and DH objects!!!

Our vet has also said a 50/50 dry and wet diet helps too, with fur balls.

Italiangreyhound Sat 22-Mar-14 23:49:31

Thanks all. WE do a 50/50 dry and wet and use James Wellbeloved. This has only started occurring now and he is malting for England. Had not thought to brush him, I mean we have a brush but he always grooms himself.


Fluffycloudland77 Sun 23-Mar-14 07:54:00

Try a furminator, I got ours off amazon, it's not cheap but it gets lots out & they don't mind the feeling of it.

Possiblynot Sun 23-Mar-14 14:55:23

Our vet gave one of my cats Katalax. Fantastic stuff! I am pretty sure you can get it elsewhere and it is not only on prescription.

I give it to mine once a month or more if they are struggling.

You put it on their paws if they object to licking it off your fingers or in their food. Still have to wrestle one cat into a towel to get her to take it, but she does like the taste once the indignation of having a towel wrapped around her to save my digits wears off!! :D

Italiangreyhound Sun 23-Mar-14 16:59:06

Thanks so much, a lady at church told us we should be grooming him, my DD tried but he usually tries to scratch her so she stopped. The lady showed us a fancy grooming brush so we may get a new one and give it a go.

I am just a bit surprised that cats need grooming as they are wild animals?!!!

Also, cat looses a lot of fur around house so it is not all in his tummy! We got him in the summer so this is the first moulting season we have had.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 23-Mar-14 17:14:44

They're not really wild, we've altered them a bit.

You wouldn't want to groom this chap.

Honestly furminators are brill.

crazynanna Sun 23-Mar-14 17:39:51

he looks so scary,fluffy shock Imagine tickling him under the chin <no hands left>

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 23-Mar-14 17:45:11

It's a Scottish wildcat, the breeds being contaminated with moggy genes due to people not neutering pets & feral cats sad

But no, I don't think he'd appreciate chin rubs.

crazynanna Sun 23-Mar-14 17:52:40

Oh gosh though, he is so very beautiful smile

crazylady2013 Sun 23-Mar-14 20:37:14

Does your cat go outdoors. If he does he should be eating grass which helps to bring any hair balls up. Our cats are indoors but are lead trained so we can take the out for a regular dose of grass. Or you can grow a tray of grass for him to munch on when he needs to. Good luck wink .

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