Best Remedy to Prevent Cat Hairballs
Cats spend a lot of time grooming and as a result, they swallow loose hair which cause hairballs in their stomachs. In most cases, the hair is vomited out, resulting in a cat hairball or furball.
If the cat’s digestive system is weak, the fur and hair will not be expelled and can cause numerous digestive problems including constipation, vomiting or the build up of toxins. You cat may also lose their appetites and experience abdominal discomfort.
Grooming on a regular basis is one easy way to help reduce the amount of hair swallowed.
Another thing that you can do as a preventive measure is give your cat a probiotic supplement to help strengthen their digestive system. Try PetAlive Digestive Support which is a tonic that helps strengthen the digestive system. It contains three carefully chosen herbs in therapeutic dosage to soothe and support the stomach lining, esophagus, and entire digestive tract. Using a digestive remedy really does help your pets digestive system work more efficiently which helps reduce gas and makes them feel better. If you want to find out more about the product click on the Pet Alive banner at the top or bottom of the post.Adding fiber to their diet will also aid with digestion and help the hair pass more easily out of their system.
Other natural remedies for cat hairballs are ones which will help to naturally lubricate and coat the stomach, aiding in the animals ability to pass the excess hair rather than allowing it to build up. Here are some suggestions from cat owners:
* Place a dot of non-petroleum jelly on the nose of your cat so that the animal can lick it off
* Approximately one time per week, add a teaspoon of fish oil to your cat?s food
* Add some canned pumpkin or bran to each of your cat?s meals (about a spoonful)
* Slippery Elm Bark works by coating the digestive tract, again helping your cat to expel hair balls naturally. Give it to your cat twice a week. One way to prepare slippery elm bark is to mix 2 capsules with a tablespoon of boiling water. When it cools, add it to your cat’s favorite wet food.
* Olive oil with a few fish bits floating in the oil. Give about 1 tablespoon a week, in 3 or 4 doses).
* Hair balls are comprised of a lot of fat in addition to your cat’s fur. By adding a teaspoon of egg-based lecithin (not soy-based) to your cat’s wet food twice a week, the fat is dissolved, allowing the hairball to pass through the intestinal tract.
* Indoor-only cats should have access to “cat grass”. This provides natural roughage to your pet’s diet and seems have a mild laxative effect, which can help eliminate the fur that is ingested by your cat when grooming.
* Though some people suggest hair conditioner is safe, others have reported that conditioner is not safe due to formaldehyde and other chemicals contained in the conditioner.
If you want to learn how to grow your own cat grass here is a 6 minute video which will show you how:
Cat Grass at one week:
Cat Grass at two weeks: