Hair balls are a very common problem for cats and can be frustrating for owners as they create discomfort for their pet and messes in the house. There are actually a lot of very easy and inexpensive solutions to the problem. These solutions also fall into the category of natural healing which means there are no side effects and the cure "does no harm.
Hairballs happen because cats spend a lot of time grooming and as a result, they swallow loose hair which causes hairballs in their stomachs. For most cats, after they swallow the hair, it is vomited out, resulting in a cat hairball or fur ball.
If the cat's digestive system is not working at peak efficiency, the fur and hair will stay in the digestive tract causing all kinds of digestive problems including constipation, vomiting or the build up of toxins. Additionally, your cat will just not feel well and may lose their appetite.
One of the easiest solutions which is a preventative measure is to groom on a regular basis. Because the hair comes out when you brush it is less likely your cat will lick it off and swallow it.
Another thing that you can do as a preventive measure is give your cat a probiotic supplement to help strengthen their digestive system. Probiotics for pets work just like they do for people. The good bacteria in the probiotic helps the digestive systems get stronger and work better. There are some very good natural probiotic supplements for cats.
Other natural remedies for cat hairballs involve lubricating and coating the stomach, which helps your cat more easily pass the excess hair rather than allowing it to build up. Here are few suggestions:
* Try putting a bit of butter on the roof of your cat's mouth or somewhere on the body where the cat will lick it off. You could also add a very small bit of flax oil in their food. Flaxseed Oil is high in unsaturated fat, especially Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids can help your cat process insulin more efficiently which in turn can help prevent feline diabetes.
* Adding a little fiber to your cat's diet can help prevent hairballs. If your get your cat to consume vegetables, they're a good source of fiber; if not, grow some oat or wheat grass. Cats enjoy eating these grasses.
* Many vets recommend grain free cat food. They can prevent hairballs because they are easier on your cat's digestion. Grain free means that the food contains no wheat, gluten barley rice or corn. An increasing number of American Veterinary Medical Association members, including board-certified veterinary internists, are now strongly recommending the feeding of canned food instead of dry kibble.
* Indoor-only cats should have access to "cat grass". Cat grass adds natural roughage to your pet's diet and has a mild laxative effect, which can help your pet get rid of the fur they swallow.
* Don't use hair conditioner as some cat owners have suggested. Hair conditioner may contain formaldehyde and other chemicals unsafe for your pet.
As you can see preventative measures for hairballs are quick and easy for you and don't cost much. The benefits you and your cat will reap will make you both happy.
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