It is not unusual for a cat to “eat” petroleum jelly. If consumed in moderation, it will not harm a feline in the least and most cats will only eat a small amount anyway.
Petroleum jelly often referred to as Vaseline can be given to felines with hairballs because the petroleum jelly will smooth the progress of the elimination of the hairball.
Petroleum jelly is effectual in most felines and your cat should eradicate the hairball within 48 hours after receiving the petroleum jelly treatment. Cats naturally seem to know what is good for them...
The petroleum jelly serves as a lubricant on the digestive tract and will make it easier for the feline to cough up or vomit the fur ball.
You can also add a little petroleum jelly to your kitty’s food. Simply add ½ tbsp of petroleum jelly to the cat’s food, once a day until the cat gets rid of the hairball. Keep in mind: Petroleum jelly in excess may cause diarrhea.
Cat hairballs may be produced due to regular ingestion of hair. Your cat grooms her/himself numerous times per week and since her/his tongue is abrasive, it will gather all the loose hairs, which will then be ingested. The hairs will blend with the food from the cat’s stomach and will structure hairballs. Frequently, these hairballs will be vomited or coughed up naturally, but they may also cause an intestinal occlusion or even block the air passages, which can have severe consequences. Vaseline or petroleum jelly is a remedy that can work in removing hairballs.
So, be willing to share that jar of petroleum with kitty.