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How to Reduce Cat Hairballs

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Hairballs are a very common problem for cats and can be frustrating for owners as they create discomfort for their pet and messes in the house. Nothing can be done to totally prevent hairballs in cats, but there are things you can do to reduce the likelihood your cat will have hairballs or reduce their frequency.

Regular Cat Grooming

The more fur you remove from the coat, the less fur that ends up in the stomach. Comb or brush your cat on a daily basis. You can use a slicker brush or a fine-toothed comb such as a flea comb. Make sure that your grooming tool is removing the dead fur underneath the coat and not just glossing over the surface. If your long-haired cat won’t allow brushing, consider taking her to a professional groomer for a “lion-cut” once or twice a year.

Special Diet

You can try feeding your cat a specialized “hairball formula” cat food. These high-fiber formulas are designed to improve the health of your cat’s coat, minimize the amount of shedding, and encourage hairballs to pass through the digestive system.

Hairball Remedy Products

The most common kind is flavored petroleum jelly in a tube. These products physically coat or lubricate the hair ingested during routine grooming to encourage passage into the intestine. Some of these products also contain a mild laxative to help make the hair easier to pass in the stool. A lot of hair in the stool can cause constipation. Talk to your veterinarian about the proper dosage of hairball remedy.