Anyone who has cats has probably seen a hairball or two
Be sure to take your cat to the vet if he really has difficulty getting the hairball out or if he experiences them too often. Otherwise, some natural methods can ease the process or even prevent hairballs from forming.
If your cat simply has occasional hairballs because she is long-haired or loves to groom her housemates and your veterinarian does not believe that there is any underlying GI problem, the following treatments might help:
Are you worried about cat hairballs? If your cat is coughing, hacking, and if you find your cat vomiting more than occasionally, chances are good that he might is suffering from hairballs. The more fur a cat has, the higher the chance he will be plagued by hairballs.Don’t panic. It is rare for a cat to need a hairball surgically removed. In most cases, adjusting the diet and adding in a healthy oil to their diet will help relieve the issue. What you want to do is use extra virgin coconut oil (organic is best) and allow your kitty to eat up to a tablespoon of this a day until the hairball is passed through either end. If they don’t like it, just melt it down and add some to each meal. If you don’t have coconut oil, pure olive oil is the second best option. For very picky cats, butter can be used but it should never be given in excess or for more than a few days. It has to be pure butter as well. Never give your cat spreads of any kind.When a cat grooms itself, the hair goes directly into the digestive tract. There, most of the hair should be dissolved and eliminated through your cat’s poo. The hair that remains has to come out by other means. When your cat “coughs up” a hairball, it is actually puking out the hair. Many people believe the hair goes to the lungs or some sort of “sack” when it actually goes to the stomach and intestines.The type of hair a cat has influences how many hairballs he produces. Long hair cats usually produce more hairballs simply because they have more hair. In the case of my Winston this is not the case. His hair is not prone to matting and he rarely seems to get hairballs.Some cats are much tidier than others and groom a great deal. These cats tend to have more hairballs than sloppier cats. Johan is a very relaxed cat and does not made a great fuss over his appearance and he rarely has hairballs.Regular brushing is the best way to prevent hairballs in cats. After all, the more dead hair you remove from your cat’s coat with a brush or comb, the less he has to swallow when he grooms himself. Ideally, you should brush a longhaired cat once a day. Once a week is usually sufficient for shorthaired cats. Either way, brushing doesn’t have to be a chore; most cats enjoy it, and if you keep a brush near the La-Z-Boy, you can do it whenever the kitty crawls into your lap while watching your shows.