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Notmyrealname855 Sun 25-Aug-19 00:16:41

Please help - I have a 17 year old cat who’s very dear to me. She recently has been really afflicted with hairballs - coughing and no sign of a cold etc. Does anyone know an effective and not-too-invasive way of getting rid of them? She isn’t fond of the vets and I’d be scared of stressing her out with a visit (might ask for a home visit though). Any recommendations welcome! Would be useful to at least check these with the vet

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Toddlerteaplease Sun 25-Aug-19 04:31:59

My colleague uses hairball paste for her cat. She says it works well.

Gingerkittykat Sun 25-Aug-19 04:48:42

A two pronged approach has helped for me.

First the hairball paste.

Secondly a furminator, expensive but will last a lifetime and far superior to any other cat brush I have ever used.

Is your cat just coughing or bringing up a hairball? If it is the former then it sounds like a vet visit might be in order.

Toddlerteaplease Sun 25-Aug-19 05:09:16

The cheaper de shedding brushes are just s good as a furminator

HuggedTheRedwoods Sun 25-Aug-19 12:13:37

Our old cat hated being brushed with anything so I'd sometimes just wipe round him with a damp cloth which would bring off loose hairs. Mine also refuse the paste and special biscuits available but will eat the tuna that comes in a bit of sunflower oil and that always seems to help.

Mia184 Sun 25-Aug-19 15:20:18

If your cat won‘t eat the hairball paste, you could give her 1/2 a teaspoon butter twice a week.

LabiaMinoraPissusFlapus Sun 25-Aug-19 18:03:45

I like Beaphar hairball paste for my Persian cat, it really works and has lad to him pooing and vomiting hairballs (having appeared to have one stuck beforehand, it worked within a few days). And a curry comb from Zooplus is much cheaper than a terminator and very effective.

Allergictoironing Sun 25-Aug-19 19:59:10

Mine are indoor cats, and I give them a mix of Indoor dry and anti-hairball dry (plus some wet). They seem to have very few hairballs, and as they don't go out and seem to be terrified of any grooming implement they should be prone to them.

itstrue Sun 25-Aug-19 20:37:04

Coughing can be a sign of heart failure. Unless you are sure it's a hair ball a vet check might be a good idea.

Notmyrealname855 Mon 26-Aug-19 18:31:36

I’ve booked in with a vet as it is just coughing sad thank you SO much for the responses xxx

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YetAnotherSpartacus Tue 27-Aug-19 11:13:05

I hope that she is OK OP. Do let us know.

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