I Think My Kitten Has Hairballs. What Should I Do?

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    Question: My 5/6 month old kitten is starting to get hairballs. I try to brush him regularly, and even bought soem “hairball remover” from the local pet store. This remedy doesn’t seem to help him at all. He is still gagging quite a bit, and is not vomiting anything up. Are there any other methods/remedies you may suggest? A friend mentioned that their vet recommended feeding their cat raw hamburger, as this will help them vomit, getting rid of the hairball. I don’t know if that is a completely safe method. Is it?

    Any insight would be helpful.

    Rick Endrulat

    Sex: Male

    username: [email protected]

    Pet: Feline

    Breed: Domestic Short Hair

    Age: .5

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    Are you sure the gagging is from hairballs? Has he ever thrown up a hairball? Aside from brushing and lubricants, I have had excellent success using enzymes to dissolve hairballs internally. To start, I would buy some papaya enzymes and give him one/day. If there is no improvement increase to two/day. Let me know how this works for you. I’m sure your cat would *love* raw hamburger, but I don’t think it would be a reliable way to make him vomit.

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