Cats And Hairballs - Remedies And How Grooming Can Help

Cats And Hairballs - Remedies And How Grooming Can Help

July 18, 2019

Cat Hairball Remedies

Anyone who knows anything about cats knows that they suffer from hairballs. In cartoons and most media depicting cats, hairballs are often the most featured characteristic of our feline friends. But do you know how these balls of hair develop? And what you can do to stop them from happening too frequently to your cat? King Komb has all the information on cat hairballs and hairball remedies that you could ask for.

Below we’ll share details on the process behind the development of this issue and just how significant a problem it can cause for cats. Why does one cat seem to suffer from this more than other cats? Is there something I can do at home to help? Are there inexpensive ways of helping? Keep reading to learn all this and more.

Cat Hairballs and What Causes Them

Hairballsdevelop in cats due to their intense grooming routines. Most cats are known to groom themselves to a certain extent, some more than others. These grooming routines manifest mostly in licking themselves from top to bottom until they’re satisfied with the way they look and smell. (Remember, a cat will lick itself not just to boast its good looks to others, but to try and maintain its unique scent.) On cat tongues, there are small hook-like surfaces that collect the excess hair from their coats and inadvertently cause them to ingest the hair. More often than not, this ingested hair will be healthily processed through the cat’s digestive system, but sometimes it can get trapped in the stomach. This is what causes a hairball.

Cat Hairballs

When these hairs get stuck in the stomach and can’t get out via normal digestion pathways, the cat will try to vomit out the hair to get rid of it. Of course, this is a relatively common experience for cats and is not always something to worry about, but if it happens too frequently it can cause a lot of undue stress on your cat’s body and health.

Symptoms of Hairballs

Most cat owners will notice that their cat only started developing hairballs as they got older. This is because kittens aren’t really known for grooming. It takes a few years for those habits to set in. Once they do, though, and hairballs start to develop, there are a few notable symptoms to watch out for. Here are some of them below:

  • Vomiting, gagging, or hacking
  • Lack of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms will vary from cat to cat, but if yours is struggling with hairballs, one of these symptoms will more than likely present itself. If these symptoms do not resolve themselves rather quickly and your cat appears to really be struggling, it is best that you contact your veterinarian to handle the problem.

Hairball Remedies for Any Cat Owner

Cats and Hairballs

You don’t need to be a veterinarian to clear up a cat’s typical hairball problem. Hairball remedies for cats are easy for just about any cat owner to learn and accomplish.

Here are some tips below that anyone can follow to make things easier for their cat.

  1. Consistent grooming - Cats need to be groomed regularly, even though they are known to lick and groom themselves frequently throughout the day. The more you groom and brush your cat, the less hair there will be for him or her to consume when they lick themselves. Not to mention grooming will give you two space to develop your relationship. Make sure to purchase a brush with a lot of rubberized bristles to effectively remove excess hair and get the job done while not making your cat uncomfortable.
  2. Hairball formula food - There are a lot of foods on the marketplace that can assist in your cat’s digestion so that hairballs don’t become an ongoing issue. High-fiber foods can ease digestion and improve the health of your cat’s coat, reducing its need to shed.
  3. Laxatives - Use these products if your cat’s symptoms do not go away immediately. They can help move food and hair through the digestive tracts easier, the same as they do in humans. Consult a veterinarian before using these products regularly.
  4. Discourage self-grooming - Depending on the cat, it may be a good idea to encourage your cat not to groom itself too often. Instead, make it dependent on you grooming him or her, that way there is less of a risk of it ingesting its own hair. The cat may not give up its grooming habit entirely but doing so to some extent can really help the problem.
Have any more tips or hairball remedies for cats that we didn’t mention? Share them with our readers below. We would love to hear from you.