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Can I confirm that this is definitely a fur ball issue? Sometimes coughs and breathing disorders such as asthma are confused with fur balls. Does your cat retch and produce a fur ball?
Has this been an issue for a while or is it recently getting worse?
Is your cat long-haired and do they groom themselves well or require help with brushing?
Are they otherwise well in themselves (no vomit, diarrhoea, weight loss, lethargy)?
Do they groom themselves more than the average cat?
Are they up to date with a good quality anti-parasite product such as Advocate, Stronghold or Broadline?
Okay, so if he is actually producing fur balls, there are a few things that we can do.
I would ensure he is up to date with his anti-parasite prevention, as over-grooming can be secondary to itchiness.
He should be groomed daily to reduce loose fur. A brush such as a Zoom Groom or Furminator for long-haired cats is ideal.
Use a paste called 'Katalax', which quickly relieves fur balls. This can be purchased online, from a pet store or through a vet.
Consider using a diet which contains certain ingredients to reduce fur balls, such as Hill's Fur Ball Control.
After a few weeks, these changes should have sorted the issue!
Not a problem, very happy to help. Fur balls can be a real pain, and they are not nice for either cats or owners to deal with! Fingers crossed those changes help to make a real difference.