How to Prevent and Treat Hairballs in Cats

Cats groom themselves often to keep themselves clean and we love them for it! But, for some cats, the process of grooming their coats often leads to hairballs forming. These are not always cause for alarm, but it is true that they are an inconvenient for your cat and that they can lead to health issues that are best avoided!

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Some cat breeds are more prone to developing hairballs than others because of their dense or long fur. In their case, hairballs are common consequences of constant grooming. Help your cat out by brushing and combing its coat at least once a day! This will lessen your pet’s intake of fur, yet maintain its coat clean and looking fabulous and can even end up as a pleasant activity for you to share together and strengthen your friendship!

There are also instances in which the reasons might not be as natural: excessive shedding and compulsive grooming are two often encountered situations that lead to hairballs forming. It is best to take your cat to the vet, who can prescribe something for its condition. Excessive shedding can be an underlining sign of sickness and should not be ignored! As for an alternative for pets suffering from compulsive grooming, redirecting their attention towards other activities in order to minimize the bad habit is the best manner in which you can solve the problem. Distract your cat’s attention with a new toy or different playful activities and it will eventually lessen the time your cat spends grooming itself.

A change of diet would also benefit cats that are troubled by constant hairballs. Specialists believe that consuming wet food is better than feeding your cat dry kibble, because cats are carnivores who naturally thrive on a high protein diet instead of a carbohydrates based one. After all, cats are not genetically inclined to eat grain based foods, so it is best to feed them low quantities of carbohydrates!

As an addition to wet food, seek products based on fibers that are commercialized for the purpose of preventing and treating hairballs. Many brands offer treats for cats which contain higher quantities of protein than their regular food. This is believed to stimulate transit and therefore make it easier for cats to naturally eliminate the hair they ingest while grooming. However, one must remember that these products do not show results in all cats and that there is also medication a veterinarian can prescribe for such issues. Generally, these consist of laxatives that will ease the elimination of ingested hair and prevent hairballs from forming. It is important not to attempt feeding your cat human medication and to always solicit a vet’s advice before deciding on any course of action!

If your cat frequently suffers from hairballs, your vet will likely recommend you include hairball ‘treats’ regularly in your cat’s diet – these are widely available in petshops or online. A popular such product in Purina ONE Hairball Formula.

595054-26530-28Whether you decide to take your cat for a specialized check-up or you prefer to try other methods, make sure to always monitor your cat in such situations! Vomiting hairballs every once in a blue moon is a natural phenomenon for a cat and should not worry you over much!

Products Mentioned in the Article:

  1. Cat Brush (Chirpy)
  2. Purina One Hairball Formula 

 

How To Get A Lazy Cat Active

Does your cat laze around the house all day long without showing interest in any physical activity? Do you feel like old habits and interests no longer present any significance to your pet?

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Is your cat a lazy boy?

There are various aspects that should be taken into consideration before attempting to raise your cat’s activity levels. First of all, you should take into consideration that there are certain breeds that are simply not as interested in playing and running around as others might be.

It is important to document yourself a bit on this matter before deciding what to do next! If your cat’s breed falls into the more “static” category, you should take extra care with what and how much you feed it or it might end up overweight. This could also lead to specific health issues, so it’s one of the most important things you should worry about.

If, however this is not the case for the breed you have, do not despair! There is nothing wrong with your cat other than it might be bored or uninterested in his current options. So, if you want to get your fur ball up and running, start by gifting your cat with some new toys. This might not garner as much interest as you actively participating in the playing process would, so sacrifice a bit of your time to tempt your cat into chewing, chasing and scratching its new acquisitions.

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Cats sure LOVE napping!

Cats love taking naps! It’s not strange to find your cat sleeping for long periods of time during the day. You should remind yourself that cats are nocturnal animals and that they are more active during the night than during day hours. However, adding vertical space and scratching posts might garner more interest from your cat and you might soon notice your furry friend climbing and jumping around again. These are, after all, general activities these animals are familiar with in the outside world.

On this note, most cats are renowned hunters and having only “static” toys around the house might not be as engaging as they’d like. Why not use battery-operated toys to attract their attention? They are especially useful for owners who find it difficult to spare more time playing with their pets. There are even battery-operated toys which have a timer, making the whole process so much easier for you and more entertaining for your pets. Hunting and pouncing around.

Bringing a new cat into your household is a great option for those who can afford caring for more than one pet. If the new addition to the family is a kitten, you can rest assured that having an active and curious playmate around will easily mobilize your cat. Even an adult cat is a great incentive to any pet as it might be more tempting to run and play games when you have a partner in crime.

In the end, it all depends on choosing the method that fits you best and actively participating in the process of making your cat happy!
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