6 Simple Ways to Get Rid of Hairballs in Cats !
10 August, 2016
Hairballs are more than unwanted gifts your cat leaves next to your shoes. Hairballs are a result of the grooming process, but they can lead to potentially serious intestinal blockages. While most of the time your cat will simply throw up the hairball, they can sometimes lead to health problems. Below are six simple ways to get rid of hairballs and reduce their frequency.
1. Brush your cat daily to get the excess fur off.
The more fur you remove from your kitty, the less fur that will end up as hairballs in her stomach. Combing or brushing your cat on a daily basis can be an effective way to minimize hairballs, and it can also provide a fun way for you to bond with your cat. There are many brush and comb styles to choose from, and you may also find that your cat likes the soft plastic brushes more than metal prongs or that one works more efficiently on your cat’s fur texture. If your cat is a heavy shedder or prone to hairballs, consider using a deshedder tool which can reduce shedding up to 90% by thinning the undercoat.
2. Give your cat a specialized “hairball formula” cat food.
There are many healthy varieties of hairball-reduction cat foods on the market. These high-fiber formulas are designed to improve the health of your cat’s coat, minimize the amount of shedding, and encourage hairballs in cats to pass through the digestive system.
3. Use a hairball product
There are a number of different hairball products on the market today, most of which are mild laxatives that help hairballs pass through the digestive tract. Your veterinarian can always recommend one for you. Fortunately, there are many everyday ways you can give your cat the minerals, vitamins, and oils that can prevent hairballs by encouraging coat health. Flavored gels that you apply to your cat’s paw—he or she will be immediately compelled to lick it off—are one option. You can also buy flavored treats that contain fiber and mineral oil for hairball prevention. Even chewable tablets are available in enticing meat flavors and can be found in all-natural, petroleum free formulas.
4. Discourage excessive grooming
If you think that your cat’s hairballs are a result of compulsive grooming, try to train your cat to do another enjoyable activity instead of licking his coat. This might include teaching him to play with a new toy on his own or finding a fun toy you can play with together.
5. Healthy, home remedies
Try adding a little canned pumpkin to a cat’s meals once or twice a week. If hair has been ingested, the fiber in the pumpkin can help move any hairballs through the cat’s system. Or if your cat does not like the taste of pumpkin, try apple cider vinegar which is a natural lubricant. You can put a tablespoon each day in your cat’s food and it helps promote digestion.
6. Keep your cat active and healthy
Many of our cats are considered obese or overweight and simply by playing and interactive toys encourage cats to leap, stretch and stay active. Keeping a cat active helps him maintain a healthy skin and coat and increases balance and coordination.
While some cats are simply prone to hairballs, if you follow the above tips, the hairballs will at least be minimized. And, as always, if your cat does not spit up the hairball, call your vet immediately.