Ez Chew Hairball Remedy For Cats 2 6 Oz
Invest in commercial hairball remedies. Your veterinarian or your local pet store can provide you with a wide range of intestinal lubricants, usually made with petroleum jelly, in kitty-pleasing flavors like malt, and . Some will lick it off your fingers or you can plant a dollop on your cat’s paw, so she can lick it off herself. You can even try a dab of white petroleum jelly, but most cats prefer the flavored remedies.
One of the most effective and least expensive ways to prevent hairballs in your cat is through . There are a variety of available at any pet store to help you rid your cat of the excess fur that might end up causing hairballs. This is an especially important tip for , or cats who groom themselves more often.
A hairball is a small wad of fur formed in the stomach of animals. When it reaches a certain size it is vomited up. Hairballs are mostly tight elongated cylinders of packed felted fur. Food is often mixed in the hairball. Cats are especially prone to hairball formation since they spend a great deal of time licking and ingesting their fur.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.Hairballs are produced in greater amounts when cats are moulting. You can figure out when this is because your cat leaves more hair around. My cats moult spring and fall and hairball production increases greatly during that period.Cat hairballs are more than a nuisance! They result in worry (for us), discomfort (for him), and cat vomiting (yuck!). (The next page, is full of advice on eliminating hairballs in cats.)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.Maine Coon cats, and other long or medium-haired cats, are prone to hairballs. How does this happen? They are very clean and tidy animals. They groom themselves meticulously. Watching a Maine Coon groom himself, you may think "There's no way he's going to get all that fur!"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.Besides regularly brushing your cats, clipping in the early summer can reduce hairballs. Cats should not be clipped if it's cold but can be much more comfortable if they have long hair. My Winston gets a summer haircut and is much more active and happy for it.