How to Handle Cat Hairballs

Dec_2013_3Is your cat producing a lot of hairballs? Although they’re a common byproduct of feline hygiene, hairballs can cause blockages or become an excessive problem. Follow these tips to help your cat cough up fewer hairballs:

  • Hairballs are made up of loose hair swallowed during daily grooming. They’re matted bits of hair, usually in a tubular shape. Although they can pass through into the cat’s stool, they’re often expelled by vomiting.
  • Brush your cat to help cut down the loose hair she can ingest. If your cat has long hair, she should be brushed daily. A Furminator Deshedding tool or a cat grooming brush can help tame her fur.
  • After brushing her coat, wipe her with a clean cloth to catch any remaining loose hair. Pet wipes or Quick Bath for Cats will also do the job while leaving her fur smelling fresh.
  • Provide premium cat food that is specially formulated to reduce hairballs. This type of food offers increased fiber and will help cut down the formation of hairballs.
  • A hairball remedy or lubricant, such as Laxatone, can also help your cat. It helps hair pass gently through the intestinal tract.
  • If your cat seems to groom herself excessively, try to distract her from grooming by giving her a new toy and a little more playtime. A Kickeroo cat toy just might be the ticket to keeping her entertained!
  • If your cat seems constipated, has diarrhea or appears to be gagging for more than a day, consult your veterinarian to be sure she doesn’t have a blockage.

By focusing on grooming, coat health and dietary fiber, you can help your cat produce less hairballs. Don’t forget to spend some quality play time with her too!

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