It’s Hairball Season

Maddie Bell happy catHere in Texas the days are longer and the temps are higher than usual, for example, this past week our daytime high temps were in the 70s — and long-standing high-temperature records were broken.

So now with the heat and longer days, a cat’s natural rhythms say: GET RID OF THE WINTER HAIR!

My cats are shedding their hair — and horking up the mess where ever they happen to be at the moment a hair ball comes up — in the house, the garage, on the BED!

Time for Hair Ball Remedy — I use a product from my veterinarian called Laxatone — a presumably tasty (for the cat) concoction of beef flavor and petrolatum mineral oil.  Get it?  PETrolatum mineral oil!  Something made especially for our animal companions.

My process:

  • I put a teaspoon of the remedy in a plastic [throw away] spoon,
  • wrap the cats in a towel arranged so they can stand in a small bundle but can’t get loose,
  • put them on the kitchen work top, and
  • use my thumb to get a bit of the stuff in the side of their mouth.
  • then because they are aggravated, I open the back door and out they scoot.

It seems that  if I use my kitchen work top as a place to administer cat meds, the critters develop an aversion to the top of the sink and work area — all to the good since I don’t want them up there anyway.

Here’s the low-down on Laxatone.

Laxatone for Cats is an effective laxative and hair ball remedy for cats.

Hairballs are a natural product of your cat’s grooming habits. Your cat has tiny hook-like laxatone4features on its tongue to help it groom itself. When shedding, a larger than normal amount of hair may be collected by these hook-like features and ingested. This can be a particular problem with long-haired breeds. Watching your cat cough up a hairball can be a disturbing, and messy experience. Laxatone for Cats can help your cat pass the hair that collects in the stomach from self-grooming through their intestinal tract. This can help eliminate the vomiting and retching associated with hair ball elimination.

Once the hairballs are gone, the cats go back to their happy cat napping.

Emily S Carter

My two beautiful little girl kitties came from ARF -- a rescue service in Wimberley. Maddie Bell, in the header photo, likes to help me make the bed.

Shelter cats are the best!


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