Tag Archives: Cat Health

Hairball Madness: Controlling & Avoiding Hairballs

Dec_2013_3Playing and cuddling are among the joys of owning a cat. Dealing with hairballs? Not so much. While hairballs aren’t exactly fun, they’re a normal occurrence for most cats. Your cat will have them less often though if you follow these tips.

Avoid or reduce hairballs with:

  • Diet
    Cats with frequent hairballs often benefit from special-needs cat food with hairball control. The formula includes fiber to help reduce the shape and regularity of hairballs.
  • Regular grooming
    Whether your cat has short or long hair, it’s important to groom her regularly. Combing and bathing her will reduce the amount of hair she ingests and cut down the buildup in her stomach and intestines. Continue reading

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. Continue reading