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Hairballs in Cats:

It boils down to a hairball remedy daily x 5 days then once a week for a while. Brushing the cats out to minimize how much hair they eat in grooming and see if they need a laxative.

Cat throws up a cylindrical wad of hair wrapped in mucus. Often that's been preceded by 'attempts' to gack up the hairball which is eventually, and disgustingly, successful.
If you see a cat throw up a hairball or you see 'excessive grooming' what I do with my cats is give a lubricant hairball-remedy once per day for five straight days.
This breaks the cycle of stomach irritation and the 'back up' of hair balls in various places in the GI tract.
Giving a cat-hairball-lubricant once per week can head-off most hairball issues. This is usually a "thing" with long hair cats, but not exclusively.
A shot of cortisone can soothe a hair-angry stomach. It can also reduce the urge to excessively groom (If that's what's up).
I said all-of-the-above to add this:
A thorough brushing can remove the WHOLE NEXT WEEK'S worth of hair 'in advance' and if it's Spring or Fall, you could be removing the ENTIRE shed-for-the-season and ENDING the cycle of grooming and upchucking.

+Brush-out thoroughly
+Laxatone or Petromalt daily x 5 days.
+Laxatone or Petromalt 1x weekly for long haired cats.
+Be alert to seasonal shedding.
+This is not a diagnosis or treatment for random (possibly-illness-related) vomiting.

-Erik Johnson

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Laxatone Hair Ball Remedy is what I use at the clinic. It's been around a long time and I have predictable results with it.

Whoever figured out cats liked Maple flavor was really thinkin' outside the box.

Vetoquinol Laxatone: Oral Hairball Lubricant Gel for Cats – Maple Flavored, 4.25oz

Omega Paw Elite Self Cleaning Litter Box Large (Not electric - Not $499 either. LOL)

There's another one of these that sometimes opens when you roll it. Oops! But this one is upgraded with thicker material and better clips. You just roll it and it cleans itself into a scoop inside. PATENTED SELF CLEANING SIFTING GRATE Separates waste from clean litter. It uses clumping litter. It's super-highly reviewed on Amazon. (Buy One Here for under $80)

Something else I found for my dog "Ajax" that's cool:

Sporn Dog Halter STOPS "pulling and tugging" NOW. (Link)

This is what I use now, with my dog Ajax. I used to use the Gentle Leader, but I didn't like including his face in the thing. Now, this just goes around his chest and he DOES NOT PULL ANY MORE. It's great! Amazon.com has it.

You can buy a fat bundle of 'wet wipes' with Cetaphil and I'd recommend it. They're great for cleaning healing wounds, dirty ears, cleansing around some eyes, under-tails, surgery sites, sores.

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