One of the consequences of the time and dedication cats put into grooming themselves is the large amount of hair they swallow in the process, making hairballs form in their stomach. It is the price they pay for being so spiffy and smart all the time.
Even though there’s nothing you can do to stop this from happening, you can learn how to better deal with hairballs by following certain feeding and grooming tips, which we’ll share below!
The best and most effective way to prevent hairballs is to carefully and thoroughly brush your cat’s coat, which will not only untangle their fur but also help clean and remove any excess hair. First: brush your cat’s hair against the grain to remove any loose strands and then brush it in the hair’s natural direction. When you've finished brushing, it is also a good idea to wipe their coat with a pet wipe and drag the leftover hair that has not been caught by the brush. This way you will prevent all those loose hairs from ending up in your cat's stomach.
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Another key factor in winning the battle against hairballs is food. Various malt preparations and specific foods rich in fibre are highly recommended as they help cats pass the hairballs through their digestive system and expel them.
If you decide to use any of these products, be careful with the dosage. Excessive amounts can have the opposite effect and further complicate the passing through and expulsion of hairballs.
And if you see that your kitty is showing signs of discomfort and still can’t expel hairballs after a few days, remember that there are natural remedies, such as catnip, which stimulate vomiting.