Feline hairball treatment. It’s something that we cat owners, may have to deal with, at some point. Perhaps you need to treat your cat who is currently suffering from hairballs. Or perhaps you are merely trying to be proactive and taking preventative measures against hairballs. In either case, feline hairball treatment is a hairy situation (no pun intended) that we all should be cognizant of. Our cats will continue doing what they do: licking themselves incessantly, day and night, obsessively striving to maintain cleanliness. It is what cats do. And we cannot do anything about that.
One of the unintended consequences of all of this self-grooming is that trace amounts of loose fur can be ingested. This might seem innocuous. But taken in aggregate, this can become a huge problem.
Hairballs are a very real possibility for your cat if:
- your cat overgrooms itself
- he or she has poor digestive health
- your cat sheds fur like crazy
Your cat has the potential to develop hairballs in its stomach. A little bit of swallowed fur may not seem like a big deal, but when you have a huge wad of fur entwined in a tangled mess, then this can lead to complications in the long run, if nothing is done about it.
Telltale Signs Your Cat Has Ingested A Hairball
How can you assess whether your cat is suffering from hairballs? And how can you assess how severe the affliction with hairballs really is? This can go on, unbeknownst to you and your cat, while you are blissfully unaware that this is happening.
If your cat vomits “frequently”, that would be a very clear telltale sign that something is obviously not right with your cat. Occasional vomiting may seem like no big deal, but if it is happens a “lot”, then that would warrant further action.
If your were to examine your cat’s vomit specimen (yuck!), you would notice that it is enmeshed with a massive wad of fur strands. This means that your cat has swallowed fur. Whether all of the fur has been expelled through this vomit or whether there is still more fur lodged within the cat’s stomach, remains to be seen. But in any case, this is a clear indication that your cat is susceptible to further hairball ingestion.
Loss of Appetite
If your cat is eating a lot less food than usual, or is not showing that much interest in food, then that is yet another telltale sign that your cat could possibly have a hairball in its tummy. Obviously if your cat has ingested a large hairball, then this could result in a feeling of “fullness”, which send a signal to your cat’s brain which in turn would result in your cat not wanting to eat. Obviously loss of appetite could be caused by any number of afflictions, but having a hairball in its stomach can definitely be one of the likely causes of this to happen.
Feline Hairball Treatment Options
So what are the best feline hairball treatment options available today? Well, there are a number of medicinal options as well homeopathic do-it-yourself types of options. Obviously which one you use may depend on the severity of your cat’s affliction with hairballs.
Olive Oil: A Really Slick Option
One very simple homeopathic feline hairball treatment option is to introduce a little bit of olive oil into your cat’s dietary regimen. You can either feed the oil directly to your cat, or you can mix it in with your cat’s food… whichever way you choose depends on you (and your cat’s) preference. Oil can help grease up your cat’s gastrointestinal tract, and help dislodge and propel any coarse fur that is stubbornly lodged therein.
How much oil should you feed your cat? You don’t want to give your cat too much oil. Perhaps one teaspoon of olive oil per day, for a few days, ought to do the trick.
There are number of general health benefits to consuming olive oil on a regular basis as well, but for the purposes of feline hairball treatment, a concentrated amount over a few days, ought to do the trick.
Fiber: To Help Improve Digestive Health
Much has been written and expounded by dietary health experts about the health benefits of fiber. This is true not only for human beings, but also for our feline friends as well.
Indeed, fiber is one of the most effective feline hairball treatment options that you can administer to your cat to help them overcome their bout with hairballs.
But I know what you may be thinking:
How can cats consume fiber, when they are purely carnivorous animals? Doesn’t fiber come from fruits and vegetables?
That is indeed a fair question. It’s no secret that cats do not eat fruits and vegetables at all.
But the fact of the matter is that cats do consume fiber and can benefit from it.
Think for a moment about what cats eat when they roam outside in the wild. They obviously don’t eat the processed cat foods that are available through pet stores.
Cats that roam the wild will eat whatever animals that they can prey upon, such as mice and birds.
And guess what? The bones, ligaments, and tendons of their prey all contain fiber!
Now, if your cat is fully domesticated and doesn’t ever hunt for its own food, then thankfully, modern cat food can be processed to include fiber.
Hairball control cat foods and cat treats that comprise high volumes of fiber can be helpful in alleviating your cat’s hairball affliction. Simply replace supplement your cat’s current diet with fiber-rich hairball control cat food for a few days, and you should be able to see signs of relief in your cat soon.
Feline Hairball Treatment Options
The aforementioned homeopathic solutions can help to alleviate your cat’s hairball woes. One disclaimer though: This article does not constitute medical advice. When in doubt, seek out the opinion of a professional veterinarian.
However, these common do-it-yourself solutions can go a long way in terms of helping to provide relief from hairballs.