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should we continue cat lax?

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we were given cat lax by the vet because linus has been gagging almost every day (we are assuming hairballs that he hasn't been able to vomit up). we're supposed to continue the cat lax for 3-4 days, however after the first day, linus threw up. i'm not sure if we should continue the cat lax or not, and the vet is closed today. would the cat lax have caused him to throw up, or would it be because maybe the cat lax hasn't kicked in yet?

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  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    Basically, all that's in Cat Lax is cod liver oil with a little petrolatum to make it greasy instead of oily. It's technically not medication as you can purchase Laxatone at PetSmart over the counter and that's the same thing. It goes to work almost immediately. I'd have to say that if he wasn't vomiting before, it might be the Cat Lax. Did he vomit up a hairball? It looks like a little, dark pellet of wet fur and it usually is accompanied by brown bile. (My cats are absolute Masters of Horking Hairballs so I know this for a fact) Was he actually diagnosed with hairballs that he can't get up? They usually pass through the other end. Continual gagging may signal a growth in his throat or any number of other things besides hairballs. He looks short-haired and getting them up shouldn't be as difficult as if he were long-haired. Cat Lax is given daily to help eject the hairball and then 2 or 3 times a week after that. Call the vet before you dose him tomorrow and ask if you should continue
  •  Member Posts: 4
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    I know this is ages later but Laxatone-as suggested-works well to help them digest hairballs so that they toss up less. Cats will toss up hairballs with food sometimes and often with only a foul smelling liquid. Sometimes they will toss up only the liquid. Gagging, or coughing, that awful choking sound is normal. But do stay with your pet to make sure they are not actually choking. I tend to pat or rub the cat at the shoulder/neck area to help them cough it up/keep it down as you would a person. It helps. Hairballs are often long, dark, ugly things that will have some liquid, maybe food, and smell badly. You'll think it's a BM but it won't be.
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