4 Tips To Fight Hairballs

Ack, your cat has hairballs. Take these steps to fend off furry hacking.

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My cat Frankie has hairballs. I give him cat treats for hairballs as well as digestive control. Is there anything else I should be doing? — Jane Ann Messex


Hairballs are a terrible reality for our self-cleaning cats. Ingested fur that doesn’t pass easily through the digestive system has to come on back up the hard way. The treats you’re giving Frankie are a good first line of defense. Here are some additional tips:

1. Change up your cat’s meal plan.

Next time you go cat food shopping check out the higher-fiber hairball-control formulas that are available in both dry and wet options. If in doubt, ask your vet for a recommendation. Gradually switch over from the old food to the new one.

2. Add a hairball supplement.

If Frankie likes what he’s already eating, this might be a more attractive alternative to a diet overhaul. Some supplements can be mixed in with your cat’s usual food. Others are designed to appeal to your cat’s taste buds; squeeze some onto your finger and hope your cat wants to lick it off.

3. Get brushing.

Some cats — let’s hope Frankie is among them — like getting brushed. Don’t tell your cat, but a brush is a more efficient grooming tool than a tongue and it will keep some fur from ending up in his belly.

4. Discourage excessive grooming.

Distract him with some play or cuddle time when he seems to be overdoing it with the tongue baths. If your cat doesn’t know when to quit it might be a sign that he’s feeling under pressure. Talk to your vet about feline stress management.

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  • I do all those things, my kitty has laxair twice a day because of a problem, she has more hair balls than my other. There is a nine year difference between them.

    Alice October 18, 2016 6:06 am Reply
  • My cat throws up a lot and never liked to be brushed, but she loves to be petted. I use a surgical glove to pet hair. That way a lot of hair gets removed. Instead of trying to get the cat to eat hairball medicine of your finger or mixed in the food, if it is creamy, smear it on the fur and the cat will lick it off.
    Hope this helps

    Neal November 7, 2016 7:25 am Reply
    • självklart är Anna Anka för smal. Hon ser bara sliten och tärd ut dvs inte hälsosam. Det jag reagerade pÃ¥ vara att hon gjorde ett program som mest fokuserade pÃ¥ öpknerovper, tycker generellt att man ska träna hela kroppen, även ben. Man sÃ¥g ju att killen sÃ¥g väldigt obalanserade proportioner.

      Terry November 30, 2016 6:51 pm Reply
  • This will a good site to help me with my aging cat. Her name is Sassy Kat. She is 19yrs. A tortoise shell calico. Have had her since she was 5wks. My service animal. It’s just her and me.

    Joy Lynn Smith November 10, 2016 9:57 pm Reply

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