Hairballs are a common problem for cat owners. Hairballs can
be unpleasant for both cat and owner alike. In some cases hairballs are
a serious health problem. In these cases a cat may vomit frequently or
have digestive troubles due to fur obstruction, a veterinarian should be
consulted. In most instances, however, hairballs are an issue of annoyance.
Fortunately, in these cases, there are a variety of ways to help the problem.
Hairballs come mainly from a cat's desire to stay clean. As
cats lick themselves they ingest fur. If there is more fur than they can
digest the result is a hairball. Consequently, one thing that helps is
brushing your cat so that loose fur is removed. The other method for correcting
hairballs is to increase a cat's fiber intake. Extra fiber will help the
cat to digest the fur consequently eliminating the hairball. There are
a variety of ways to do this. Eating grass or catnip can help. There are
also foods formulated for cats with hairball issues. There are also a variety
of supplements and remedies that help to gently correct the hairball problem.
Which remedy to use varies from cat to cat. Many cats enjoy
munching on grass or catnip creating an easy fix. Also, changing food to
a hairball preventing formula can also be a simple solution. However, if
you have a finicky cat, or a cat on a special diet supplement remedies
may be the best solution. If you have concerns about your pet's diet, or
remedies are not effective, consult your vet.