If you're a dedicated cat owner, you probably know the score when it comes to hairballs. Many cats cough these unsightly things up as a result of excessive grooming. In some instances, however, oversized ones can lead to health issues for kitty. Learn how to manage hairballs -- naturally!
If you want to avoid the oral or topical medication route for reducing hairballs, one easy, natural, quick and cheap method is frequent brushing! Although your cat surely has a handle on her individual grooming needs, a helping hand from you surely can't hurt. Take time once a day to brush your cat's fur, particularly during the shedding months. This helps get rid of loose hair, and the less hair your cat ingests, the less can accumulate in her belly.
The more immaculate your home is, the less chance your fluffy pal will experience pesky and occasionally harmful hairballs, believe it or not. If your cat can get near random thread or similar materials on the floor, example, she can accidentally swallow them and contribute to her growing hairball. Also, thread will cause the hairball to become denser, making it a bigger intestinal blocking hazard -- not good.
Some cats obsessively groom themselves, greatly increasing their chances for developing hairballs. One natural and easy way to stop this excessive habit -- and grab her attention -- is by getting her an exciting new interactive toy. Some ideas include laser pointers, catnip stuffed toys and play balls.
In some serious situations, natural intervention simply may not be enough for your cat's hairball problem. Some signs that your cat is experiencing a intestinal blockage due to an overly large hairball include heaving, loose stools and constipation. If you notice any of these symptoms, act quick and take your precious dear to the veterinarian immediately.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.