I heard adding a teaspoon of olive oil to a cats food with help prevent hairballs. Is it true?

Asked by Perry on Jul 20th 2009 Tagged hairballs, health in Other Food & Nutrition
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Mieke, Destroyer of Worlds

Honestly, I've never heard this. There are some things to be afraid of though, especially with oils. Many types of olive oils are made with a "hint of garlic" to make them taste better. Sometimes they don't put it on there, but I have a very sensitive sense of taste, and I can tell you it's in all kinds of olive oils. Garlic is however, poisonous to cats. Personally, my kitties get about a thumbnail sized drop of Petromalt a day, and they never have problems with hairballs. It comes in a tube and is sold in all the shops that cater to pets that I've been in. It's also really inexpensive. I bought a large tube (don't know precisely how much, sorry) about three or four months ago. I give it to all three kittens every day, and I still have most of the tube left. I haven't had any problems with them getting sick, though you might want to get a small tube at first, in case one of your cats is particularly sensitive. Honestly, it's cheaper than olive oil, and safer.

Mieke, Destroyer of Worlds answered on Jul 20th.

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Minuit AKA Miss Meany

I use Hairball Preparation which is a lubricant and laxative to help move the hairballs out. It's a paste that I place on my hand, it's tuna flavored and the cat just licks it off. I purchased it at my vet's office and it was inexpensive plus last along time. You can also purchase similar products from a pet store.
I have heard olive oil can help with hairballs. I heard 1 tsp for the first 3 days and then about 1/8 of a tsp daily after that. I have never used this method so I would ask a vet before you listen to hear say. A quick phone call will ensure this won't cause diarrhea or any tummy upset for your feline.
Have a good one.

Minuit AKA Miss Meany answered on 7/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer