Miralax hairball treatment for cats is something people suggest but Miralax is a treatment for human constipation and hairballs are not exactly constipation. As we know hairballs are often thrown up after eating grass or they are defecated. Miralax is not recommended by me or as far as I am aware by veterinarians.
It contains a chemical called Polyethylene Glycol 335 and this product works by hydrating, easing and softening so it does not act in the way that a fibre-based treatment would. If a visitor has first hand experience of using Miralax as a cat hairball home treatment please leave a comment if you have time.
The easiest way to control hairballs is to groom your cat often and regularly so that she does not have too swallow too much hair. I think it makes sense to groom your cat daily. Make it a routine and something for both of you to enjoy. I groom my cat with a very fine comb but he has a single coat. It may be sensible to groom a long haired cat twice daily during shedding.
In addition, dietary supplements have also been used to control hairballs. There are 2 types:
- lubricants which help slide the hair along the digestive tract;
- fiber which helps push their hair along.
Petroleum-based laxatives lubricate the hair moving it along through the intestinal tract. They’re often flavoured and can be placed onto the cat’s paw to encourage the cat to lick it off. Depending on the cat, she may like to lick the laxative off a cat owner’s fingers. It may be possible to squeeze some of the substance into the mouth of a cat.
However, petroleum-based laxatives can interfere with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins; vitamins A, D, E and K. There are a number of commercial products which deal with cat hairballs such as Laxatone or Johnsons Hairball Remedy and Katalax for Cats. Laxatone contains vitamins for the reasons stated above. Apparently, it is also a good idea not to give your cat these products one hour before or after feeding your cat. Amazon have many of these products.
Hairball Remedies For Cats
An alternative is to provide high-fiber bulk additives which help move the hair through the intestines. There are also special hairball control diet such as Science Diet Hairball Control Diet and Purina Pro Plan Hairball Management Formula. In addition there are tablets, powders and treats such as Lax-eze.
Brushing your cat more often will help prevent hairballs especially at shedding time. Cats shed when the ambient light improves. Full-time indoor cats, however, shed fur year-round to the same degree.
A home remedy which is both safe and effective for hairballs is white petroleum jelly. It can be used once or twice a week, using about half a teaspoon. The petroleum jelly melts inside the cat’s stomach and lubricate the hairball allowing it to pass through intestines more easily.
Mineral oil is also effective, apparently. It can be added to the cat’s food once or twice a week. The dose is 1 teaspoon which is 5 mL per 5lbs of body weight. The average cat weighs about 10lbs. Five pounds is 2.3 kg. It should not be given by mouth because the cat may inhale it, meaning that it might go into the cat’s lungs. Mineral oil and petroleum jelly may sometimes decrease the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins as mentioned above. This may occur if the cat is given large doses over a long period of time.
If you have tips and tricks I’d love for you to share them.