Hill's Science Diet Hairball Control Senior Cat Food
Since changing to Science Diet Hairball control formula for mature cats 7+, the health of my cats has been remarkable. I have two domestic long hair cats that always had hair ball issues. Since being on the food for only two months I do not find hair balls around the house anymore. The other great thing about the food is that their fur is not matted which is a definite added bonus. Great product.
This is very informative about hairballs and kitties. My Maine Coon, Honey Girl, was having hairball problems recently as she started excessive grooming after we had a very strong earthquake. I was brushing her every day, but to no avail. She is pre-diabetic and is eating a Hills Science Diet M/D canned food and Merrick no Grain dry food. She was so blocked up with fur that the vet had to give her an enema. She had a tube of fur come out. The vet said to buy a Furminator, which I use twice a week after brushing kitty. The difference is remarkable. Happy kitty, happy cat owner! Thank you for your great blog.
Hairball control cat food is a specially designed formula that helps eliminate hairballs in cats. As cats spend much of their time grooming themselves, much of the debris and loose hair in their fur is naturally swallowed. Their digestive tract is built to handle the digestion of fur, and to expel it with the waste. Some cats with robust digestive systems may never experience a hairball, though most cats will have at least one in their life. Species with longer hair, older cats and those with weakened digestive systems may experience hairballs more often, and sometimes will require a special diet to help control this. Sometimes, further ingredients are added such as taurine, which aids the heart and eyes. Hairball control cat food is often low in fat. This helps lessen the insoluble substances in the stomach and intestines that may lead to indigestion or constipation. Many brands have begun marketing a special food under "hairball control" and there are many questions as to the difference between this and regular food. In most instances, what makes a food "hairball control" is simply an increased supply of vegetable fiber, which helps the stomach digest its contents and move waste through the intestines more efficiently. Where the average fiber content of regular cat food hovers between one to two percent, hairball control cat food may have as much as eight percent fiber. Despite some concerns, hairball control cat food has developed a reputation for effectiveness, and is quickly becoming a popular method to eliminate hairballs, rather than the traditional remedies available. As most cats will not have a hairball problem, some with weaker digestive systems may require additional support, and this special type of cat food may greatly reduce, or eliminate, hairballs. Hairball control cat food can be expensive, and for some cats it is the only way to reduce or eliminate the problem. However, cat owners can take a couple extra steps to help lessen the amount of hairballs a cat may be coughing up. One method is brushing frequently (sometimes daily if possible). You eliminate loose hair and debris that your cat will otherwise swallow. Many cat owners have also noticed that cats that like to eat grass more often have stomach upsets and hairballs. By keeping your cat away from this you may also help lessen the problem. In addition to brushing your cat on a regular basis, making certain changes to his diet may also help to prevent the formation of hairballs. In fact, many popular pet food brands offer specific formulas designed to reduce hairballs. Many of these f volume to help keep your cat’s digestive system working properly so it can pass ingested hair before it has a chance to accumulate. Some veterinarians for cats who have frequent hairballs. This is based on the idea that many cats have trouble digesting grains – some say that this is the real reason behind a cat’s frequent vomiting. Whether or not this is the case for your cat, because cats are obligate carnivores and have an extremely limited ability to digest and process plant materials.