Aside from regular grooming by the owner using a comb or brush, there are a that may help control the number and frequency of hairballs your cat produces. Many of these remedies are petroleum based which is said to lubricate the hairball, making it able to pass normally and easily through the digestive and intestinal tract. As with all types of remedies for animals and humans alike, not everyone agrees that this remedy totally effective; some vets actually believe the opposite. These vets say that these types of ‘medications’ could actually be harmful and don’t even help treat hairballs. It is always crucial to speak to your vet to be sure if using these types of remedies will work with your cat.
Some brands of cat food market themselves as having a formula that is supposed to help with hairballs. These brands contain high fiber content in their formula, as they work under the assumption that, as with humans, fiber helps the gastrointestinal tract moving smoothly and with ease. As with the petroleum based remedies, using a brand is not a guaranteed method and may not be effective in treating hairballs at all.
Instead, many vets and pet owners alike have come to agree that a grain-free diet may actually be best for your cat, especially if they tend to vomit or ‘cough up’ hairballs frequently. The working assumption for this remedy is that cats did not naturally evolve to eat grains; as obligate carnivores, their natural diet would have contained a high amount of protein and a low amount of carbs, or grains. They state that eating a grain-based diet which is high in carbs may actually have an effect on the balance of flora or bacteria in the intestinal tract. This change in balance could then effect your cats motility and thus contribute to their difficulty in passing hairballs normally.
Cats groom themselves several times a day not only because they are clean animals by nature, but also as a means of removing the loose hairs that accumulate. Due to the frequency of their grooming, cats will often get hairballs as the hairs collect in their stomach. This accumulation eventually leads to the cat vomiting up the hairballs on your floors or furniture. To ease the cat's discomfort and keep your house hairball-free, try out any one of many different home remedies for cat hairballs.
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If you have a hairball problem in your house, then you really need to read this article. Hairballs are called ‘trichobezoars’ in veterinary terms, that can be a recurring problem for many cats. In this article you will learn what causes hairballs and how to tell if your cat has one. Most importantly you will learn the most effective natural remedies that work quickly and easily.
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• Put a dab of natural (petroleum free) hairball remedy on your fingertip or the tip of your cat's nose. Look for an all-natural product made with slippery elm, marshmallow or papaya. Your kitty will lick the jelly, swallow it, and it will coat the hairball, allowing it to pass more easily through the GI tract.
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