Home Remedies For Cats With Hairballs

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Are furballs a problem that needs treating?

Virtually all cats have hairballs more or less frequently in their lives, although long hair cats are more prone to hairballs than short hair cats. To prevent excessive hairballs to form in the first place groom your cat regularly. Long hair cats need to be brushed more often than short hair cats.

It is natural for cats to cough up hairballs and you don’t need to do anything about that. However, if your cat has problems expelling hairballs natural remedies can help. When your cat can’t rid itself of hairballs you will see it gagging and straining and it might also only be able to eat small amounts of food. Home remedies for cats are great for hairball control.

Home remedies

One of the best home remedies for cats with hairballs is linseed tea. This is easily prepared by pouring about a litre of boiling water onto one teaspoon of linseed and half a teaspoon of liquorice root. Leave to stand and cool down naturally for four hours, then strain the herbs. Give three dropperfuls to your cat morning and evening until it has expelled the hairball.

Alternatively, give your cat about half a teaspoon of melted butter or margarine once a day for a few days to help the hairball pass through its intestines.


Help your cat to pass hairballs by feeding it fibre. The easiest option is to buy ready-made cat food for hairball control. These foods are richer in fibre than normal foods and a good hairball formula should contain at least 8% fibre.  Some companies have also developed natural hairball treats such as Cat Lube Hairball and Digestive Aid.

FurBall Dr from PetAlive is another option. This is a herbal supplement for digestion, cleansing and elimination. It comes in capsule form and is easily administered. Give 1/2 capsule 2 times daily for 10 days and then 1/2 capsule once daily. This will keep your cat and your carpets and floors furball-free.

If you don’t want to use a ready-made remedy, feed mashed vegetables in addition to the normal food. Another way to increase your cat’s fibre intake is to add a teaspoon of canned pumpkin to its food. You can also grow or buy your cat some wheat grass. This is a safe and natural way to prevent hairballs. Eating wheat grass may induce vomiting, thus helping to expel hairballs.

These home remedies for cats will eliminate any hairball problem quickly and effectively.

8 Responses to “Home Remedies For Cats With Hairballs”

  1. Maggie Says:

    What about olive oil?

  2. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    Yes, olive oil can also be used. Give 1 teaspoon per day until the hairball is passed.

  3. wendy romund Says:

    my cat throws-up 2-3 times a week. He has long hair. I brush him and give him a hairball med. every other day and also upgraded his diet. He’s acually better than he use to be. He won’t touch olive oil mixed in his canned food. Have any suggestions? Please help!

  4. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    If you are sure that the vomiting is due to hairballs and not some other underlying disease you could try Furball Dr. It’s a ready-made remedy and contains Psyllium Nigrum husk, a very high source of dietary fibre, and the natural system cleanser Red Aloe.

  5. Tara Says:

    What about tuna packed in oil & mix that w/vegetable oil?I’ve been giving my 3 cats 2-3 tablespoons mixed w/their food.I have noticed a little bit of a difference such as their fur looks healthier & they are gaining weight.My main ? is how long can I give this to them b/c I have been doing this every other day for about 2 weeks now.Also them throwing up has ceased.I called a vet. to ask but they told me to get w/my regular vet.I don’t have one right now b/c I don’t have the extra money to take them to the vet.Just moved into a house myself.

  6. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    Your cats obviously love the oily tuna and the vegetable oil acts as a lubricant and helps them pass hairballs. As the throwing up of hairballs has ceased you can decrease the frequency, maybe just once a week is enough. Vegetable oil in small doses is not harmful to cats, so you can continue to feed it. As you have already seen, a little bit of oil improves the quality of the fur.

  7. Laurie Lindahl Says:

    My problem with my cat is that she hacks and hacks and hacks but doesn’t expel a hairball. It’s like she is just swallowing it and won’t let it go? She keeps swallowing and swallowing but not expelling the hairball?

  8. Home Remedies For Cats Says:

    I know the sound cat’s make when they they try, and especially you see them straining, can frighten you, but it’s not a problem. Cat’s don’t have to throw up to expell them. To help your cat if she can’t throw them up, just give her something with food to lubricate the digestive tract and the hairballs will eventually come out the other end.

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