Quick Tips: Hairballs

One of these natural remedies might help your cat overcome problems with hairballs.

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Cats naturally ingest hair when they groom themselves, and this hair accumulates in the stomach, creating hairballs. To prevent an abdominal obstruction, the cat must pass the hairballs, either by vomiting or defecating. Owners most often notice hairballs when their pets vomit them.

One or more of these natural hairball remedies might help your cat pass hairballs more easily:

  • 1 teaspoon of bran daily
  • 1/8 teaspoon unflavored fiber product or unprocessed psyllium hulls daily
  • 1 teaspoon canned pumpkin or strained prunes daily
  • 1/8 teaspoon slippery elm daily

These are all natural and can be combined as needed. Also, manufacturers have developed capsulated fiber products that can be opened and mixed in food.

You can help cut down on the number of hairballs your cat must pass by regularly grooming your cat. Weekly or even more frequent grooming sessions will cut down on the amount of hair your cat ingests through self-grooming. 

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JEANNIE    WOODLANDS, TX

11/25/2010 3:40:40 AM

MY CAT THREW UP A HAIR BALL THAT LOOKED LIKE A COOCON.DOES IT HELP BUY FOOD THAT SUPPOSE TO HELP WITH HAIR BALLS?

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

9/11/2010 5:45:05 AM

good article thanks very much

Sharon    Livingston, TX

9/11/2008 7:02:09 AM

my cat squeakie suffered hair balls for years and one night when we had gone to bed she allowed me to massage her tummy I would start near her front legs and stroke towards her hind end and I did this when ever she would let me and pretty soon she stopped vomiting the hair balls. So I guess by rubbing her tummy in this manner ended her hair balls

JoJo    Cedar Falls, IA

7/21/2008 7:18:44 PM

Interesting.

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