Is it Safe to Give My Cat Vaseline As a Hair Ball Treatment?

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Is it Safe to Give My Cat Vaseline As a Hair Ball Treatment?

If enough hair collects in a cat's intestines, it can cause constipation, a blockage or death. While there are any number of hairball preventatives, one of most effective and least expensive is vaseline.

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Safe for Cats

Vaseline's molecules are too large to be absorbed by the intestines. It passes through the body unchanged.

Not a Laxative

Unlike many commercial hairball remedies that contain mineral oil, vaseline does not act as a laxative.

Internal Lubricant

Just a dab of vaseline is enough to coat hairballs and ease their passage through the intestines.

Smear it On

Some cats will lick vaseline off a spoon. Or, if you smear it on the cat's nose or front leg below the elbow, she'll lick it off. Some cats will also eat vaseline mixed into tuna.

Give it Daily

Give a dab of vaseline daily for a week or two. Then give a maintenance dose once or twice a week.

Comb Your Cat, Too

Combing your cat with a flea or greyhound comb several times a week will remove loose fur and help prevent hairballs.

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