Hack Hack..Hairball! How to treat and prevent hairballs
Every cat gets hairballs. This is a common problem. Though not entirely avoidable there are things you can do to reduce the frequency of hacking hairball attacks your cat may have.
- Grooming: The best way to help your cat is to remove some of the excess hair. Getting a good grooming brush to remove the loose hair will help reduce the amount of hair your cat ingests.
- Hairball Remedy: A gel that you can feed your cat to help reduce their hairballs. It basically gives them some nutrition supplements to help their digestion move better.
- Hairball Food: If your cat has a chronic problem with hariballs, feeding them a hairball food might help. It is food high in fiber and natural oils to help prevent indigestion and to help them pass the hair rather than throw it up.
- Obsessive Grooming: Some cats will obsessively groom themselves. This is caused by boredom or anxiety. To relieve this, give your cat some toys and/or a scratching post. If they have something to do they will be less likely to boredom groom.
- Anxiety Grooming: If your cat is grooming due to anxiety, try giving them toys to help alleviate their anxiety. You can also give them a calming space of their own to retreat to. If the anxiety is persistant, you can give them a natural anti-anxiety remedy that may help take the edge off.
Hairballs are a part of having cats. But by taking these steps you can help reduce the number of hairballs your cat has.