If you’re a cat owner (especially an indoor cat owner), dealing with hairballs can sometimes feel like a regular occurrence
Hairballs are very common for many cat owners. They’re caused by the build up of ingested hair within your cat’s digestive tract, a result of cats grooming themselves and inadvertently swallowing hair. This hair builds up in their system causes a bulk to form, which is when you’ll often hear a horrible retching sound, followed by a slimy mound on the floor. Petopedia offers some advice:
“Grooming – grooming your cat on regular basis is very important to help reduce the build-up of hairballs. Grooming your cat helps to remove the shed, dead and loose hairs from their coat so that when they groom less hair is likely to digested. A top tool is the Furminator with its flawless ability to remove the shed hair without damaging the top coat.
Feed a hairball specific diet – like humans, fibre helps to keep everything run smoothly for our cats. Cat are of course obligate carnivores but a small amount of good quality fibre can in fact help keep their digestive systems healthy and moving, thus helping to move ingested hair swiftly through reducing a hairball from forming. We love More Hairball, which contains cellulose, vegetable fibres and oils to effectively assist the fight against hairballs and allows the hair to move safely and naturally through the digestive system.
Several high-quality cat food manufacturers offer dry cat food formulated towards eliminating hairballs, which from our experience can help to cut down the frequency of hairballs being vomited up:
Provide Fresh water – Cats are notoriously fussy drinkers and are renowned for turning their nose up at the water bowl. However water is one of the most important things not only for overall health but also for their digestive system. Drinking water will better help hair move through the digestive system. Did you cats prefer fresh flowing water compared to traditional bowls that can become stagnant? The Cat Mate Water Fountain is a great option, it keeps water flowing using a small motor so you can be tempted by the fresh water.
Treat them with Hairball aids – There are many different hairball aids and remedies now widely available. From tasty treats like the M&C Hairball to the PetKin LickStick these products contain malt extract to make it yummy and cellulose and oils to help cat passes hair matter.”
Dealing with hairballs can be distressing, but it’s a natural part of cat ownership (especially if your cat is especially hairy!). You can purchase a variety of grooming tools from Amazon.co.uk