What can I do to get my cat to lick the hairball gel off his paw?
My cat vomits almost daily from hairballs and I bought the Laxatone catnip flavor & Hairball paw-gel chicken flavor and he's not interested in either of them... I tried putting it on my finger, his paw, giving it to my other cat, who likes it but doesn't have the same problem (to try and show interest to the other cat who needs it). If I put it on his paw, he'll just mess up the house with it and drag it around, he won't lick it off his paw. I bought both kinds of gel in case one didn't work and he won't lick either of them off. I'm frustrated and running out of ideas, please help!
asked 1 year, 2 months ago
Forest Hills, NY
on Tomlyn Laxatone Hairball Lubricant
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I have one cat that hates hairball treatments. I always hold my cat down and rub some on his thigh. I make sure that it's pushed into his fur, or he will shake it off. He will be forced to lick it off. If you think he will rub it on furniture, you could lock him in the bathroom with a litter box, until he cleans himself.
Whoever said to put it on the paw never had to watch a panicky cat track it all over the carpets, furniture, bedding, etc. We know cats only vomit or track stuff on the most expensive and the hardest to clean surfaces.
answered 8 months ago
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I don't put it on their paws but rather offer a treat of some kind to get them interested then follow with a small amount (1/4") of the gel directly from the opening of the tube. Some won't like it and there is little you can do to change that. The ones that do will literally stand in line or head-butt each other to get the next 1/4 inch (comedy - "Me. Me. No, that one's mine, wait your turn...") Count each portion/repetition so each kitty gets the recommended dose and not more than their share. If the brand or flavor is simply not their cup of tea then try another brand. I find the amber-colored ones that are malt flavored seem to be more appealing rather than crème-textured varieties.
answered 1 year ago
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