Help with Hairballs For Your Kitty Cats >^..^<
As a Cat owner especially, have you ever asked yourself why do cats have hairballs? I have! I believe that hair is hard to digest and since they clean themselves they must eat a fair amount! My cats have vomited many many hairballs over the years. I have also cleaned up tons of hairballs all by myself because my mom, followed by my husband and kids refused to touch the hairballs even with paper towels in hand! Does any of this sound familiar? Anyway, here are a few hairball remedies for cats to put into practice:
1. Grooming often is important to help prevent hairballs. Be sure to help your cat by brushing and de-shedding them regularly. A good way to pick up loose hairs from the cat is to use a clean cloth, or pet safe wipes especially after you have combed the cat to pick up the loose hairs created from the grooming. Sometimes you will notice that hairballs are more frequent surprisingly in some shorter haired cats that shed more often or during changes in the season when they require less fur.
2. Keep your kitty cats hydrated! Another important hairball remedy is water! You need to make sure you are giving your cat new fresh water everyday! The other important thing is to make sure that what the cat drinks out of is clean. I suggest cleaning the water bowl daily by scrubbing with very hot water to keep from getting bacteria growth in it. Sometimes after water sits it gets a scum in the bowl or container, plus hair sometimes ends up in their water bowls; if it is not removed that would not make the water fresh nor clean! Water is a vital part of the cat's digestive system. To maximize your cat's water consumption, you could supply the water in such a way that your cat prefers. Such as, a drinking fountain or a pool of water. The drinking fountain simulates running water; where as a pool of water is just that...a pool of water. I have had both cats that have preferred the pool of water method and also drinking from the running tap [that is if you let them on the counters ;)].
Last Hairball Remedy includes adding or changing their diet to include Fiber. Fiber adds bulk and moisture to your cats stool; helping your cat pass their stool easier. Canned pumpkin is also a natural hairball remedy for cats which is a source of fiber that your cat can have and is safe for them to eat. You can try to add a teaspoon of canned pumpkin or the supplement shown above to your cats canned food several times a week to help control hairballs. Another fiber source is cat grass. This grows indoors in a controlled environment and is chemical free. The cat grass rejuvenates quickly and is cheap. The best thing of all is that cats love cat grass!
4. The next hairball remedy is laxatives! Laxatives are petroleum-based. This allows hairballs to pass through your cats digestive system by coating the hair inside the stomach and the stool. This can work one of two ways for your cat's hairball, in most cases: 1) They will either poop the hairball out; or 2) They will vomit up the hairball easier. *Please note I personally do not recommend using petroleum jelly out of the jar that humans use. I would go to the pet's store and purchase a commercial laxative. These are flavored so the cats will enjoy it. You can put the laxative in their food, on your finger for them to lick off or on a cat treat. If you ever notice if your cat is hacking without anything coming out or is eating less then normal you may also want to consider this highly.
Since I have been trying all these tips, & suggestions for remedies for my cats hair balls,they have hardly vomited any hairballs up! That's a wonderful bonus for my cats :) I don't like the way it sounds when the cat is trying to cough a hairball up! They sound like they are in pain. Please let me know if these suggestions help out your cat(s) ;)
( Be sure to talk to your pet care specialist or vet to help with any further concerns such as if you notice your cat is in a lot of pain, is still not eating or drinking regularly or if these solutions still are not reducing the hairballs enough.)