Easy treatment options for hairballs in cats

Causes of hairballs in cats

Hairballs are formed as a result of your cat trying to groom themselves. As they lick on their coat, they sometimes swallow hairs that get delivered to the stomach forming balls. When it becomes uncomfortable, your cat tends to vomit up the wad.

Easy treatment options for hairballs in cats

Whenever you notice your cat struggling to expel hairballs, you can try the following easy treatment options:

Brushing

Have it in mind that the best way to treat hairballs is to prevent it. So by brushing your cat regularly, you can get rid of excess fur that would be normally swallowed or regurgitated. The interesting part is that as you brush your cat’s hair, you tend to create a strong bond with your kitty.

Wipes

After grooming/brushing your cat, you can use a baby wipe or a wet paper towel to wipe down your cat. This helps to pick up the remaining loose hair.

Natural lubricants

You can add a teaspoon of safflower, fish, or flax oil to your cat’s food. This helps to coat a hairball, thereby allowing it to be extracted out freely out of your kitty’s system.

Fiber

We all know fiber is good for our digestive functions, but only a few people know that fiber is also needed by our kitties.

Hydration

The hairballs may become more problematic if your cat’s diet isn’t providing enough moisture. This slows down the function of your digestive system, hence, allowing the hairballs to stay longer.

Metamucil

You can mix one-half teaspoon of Metamucil with water and add it to your cat’s food twice a day. This helps to accelerate the passage of hairballs through their system.

Petroleum jelly

You can apply a bit of petroleum jelly to a paw to relieve their hairball problems. Your cat tends to lick the jelly you rub on them, and this helps to lubricate the digestive tract, hence making hairballs elimination more comfortable. Try this once a week or so to prevent hairballs in your cat’s system.

Conclusion

Although hairballs are harmless, there are still a few signs of danger you should be on the lookout for. If your kitty is vomiting undigested food, has abdominal swelling, stops passing stool, or loses appetite, it is important to check with your veterinarian right away.

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