Hairball Control Cat Treats
Hairball control cat treats are lip-smacking good!

Hairball control cat treats are an extremely effective way to not only treat, but also to prevent, cat hairballs. There is no denying that hairballs are an existential pain, not only for our cats, but also for us owners. The reality of the situation is that hairballs are a fact of life. It is part and parcel of what makes our feline friends who they are. But it goes without saying that we want our cats to be able to lead comfortable lives. And we want to be able to make our own lives easier in the process.

Cleaning up after our cats’ hairball vomit is but a small price to pay for the privilege of cat ownership. But this does not mean that shouldn’t have to do something about it. This does not mean that we should just acquiesce and accept that we should turn a blind eye to this problem. It is not something that we as pet owners should just “suck up and deal with it”. On the contrary, we should take advantage of the advancements in veterinary medicine that are available at our disposal. We should do something about it.

In the vast majority of cases, hairballs generally tend to be benign. They are nothing to worry about. After all, cat are hard-wired instinctively at birth, to groom themselves constantly. It is inevitable that they are going to ingest trace amounts of their own fur in the process, every time they lick themselves. However, there is always the possibility that, if left unchecked, the problem could exacerbate into something more serious. Complications could consequently arise within the cat’s digestive process. Loss of appetite, malnourishment, weight loss, lethargy, increased frequency of vomiting, and moodiness, are just a few of the possible symptoms indicative of a broader problem.

How Hairball Control Cat Treats Can Help

Cats love hairball control cat treats!
Cat grooming itself.

Hairballs do not happen overnight. They are the result of the gradual accumulation of fur that becomes trapped within the cat’s gastrointestinal tract somewhere. The resulting hairball can vary in shape and size. In some cases, the hairball can become so massive and so taut that it can literally form an obstruction. If it ever gets to that extreme, then this can cause serious complications for your cat. But your best bet would be to try to be proactive and stay ahead of the problem. Arresting the problem before it burgeons into something worse is a sound strategy worth pursuing.

There are a myriad of options as to how to eliminate hairballs in cats. Brushing and bathing your cat are two activities, when performed regularly, can help prevent or stave off of hairball development. However, if your cat is already afflicted, then dietary measures may be your best option, to help eliminate them. By “eliminate”, we mean that the hairballs are either broken down, digested, and excreted through feces, or they are regurgitated through vomit. Therefore, the best countermeasure against stubborn hairballs is to alter your cat’s diet such that they are dislodged and displaced.

One such example of a dietary countermeasure is by feeding them hairball control cat treats. These are essentially no different than regular cat treats that you might feed your cat. The only difference is that these treats are specially formulated to promote improved digestion. They may contain fiber and other elements that can help promote the breaking down of cat fur. This in turn will help propel the dislodged, broken down fur, down the cat’s digestive tract, and out through excretion. It such a simple, easy, and low-maintenance way of dealing with the problem of cat hairballs. You’ll wonder why you didn’t try this sooner.

Which Hairball Control Cat Treats Are The Best?

When it comes to identifying which hairball control cat treats are the best, is there really one right or wrong answer? Functionally speaking, wouldn’t any cat treat labeled with “hairball control” or “hairball prevention” or hairball “anything”, get the job done? The answer is that not all hairball control cat treats are the same. Some work more effectively than others. And nevermind how well they work… Your cat has to like them! Cat treats, are by their own very definition, supposed to be treats. If your cat doesn’t like a particular cat treat, then how do you expect it to work?

There are a wide variety of hairball control cat treat options available on the market these days. Generally speaking, these treats fall into one of two categories:

Solid Cat Treats

Solid cat treats are essentially soft, chewy pellets of food, similar to the dry cat food that you might normally feed your cat. The primary difference is that the treats have a hollow center and are filled with succulent and savory ingredients that are typically alluring to cats.

The internal composition of these cat treats may include fiber. Now you may be wondering how can cats eat fiber, if they are carnivorous! The answer is that the fiber will be ground into and commingled into the flavorful foods that your cat enjoys. The fibrous texture of the food is successfully masked, so that your cat is none the wiser!

Gel Cat Treats

Gel cat treats are more palatable to cats, as there is no crunchy exterior to bite into. They have to lick up the gel in order to consume it. Essentially this accomplishes the same thing as solid cat treats. The primary difference is that the gelatinous texture works as an adhesive for the fur follicles to adhere to.

Which one is better?

It all depends on your cat’s personal preference. Does your cat have difficulty crunching food due to dental problems? Or does it harbor a general dislike for solid cat food in general? In that case then gels are the way to go. The idea is to encourage your cat to want to eat as much of the cat treats as necessary in order to get the job done.

Is There Too Much Of A Good Thing?

You obviously do not want to overfeed your cat these hairball cat treats. You know what happens to humans when we eat too much fiber, right? We can expect the same from your cat!

Can Hairball Control Cat Treats Not Work?

We are by no means asserting that these cat treats are a cure-all for hairball problems. Depending on the severity of the affliction, you may need to try multiple solutions, such as changing your cat’s diet. In extreme cases, you may even need to take your cat to see the vet.

Preventative Measures

Hairball control cat treats are not only good for relieving your cat’s bout with hairballs. They can also be used to prevent them from occurring as well.This is especially useful if your cat has had a history of being prone to developing hairballs in its stomach.

Your Turn…

Have you ever tried to feed your cat hairball control cat treats? Did they work for you? Which ones would you recommend? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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6 Responses

  1. I don’t owned a cat myself but found that you covered everything you need to know about the subject of hairballs. I will definetly be sending this to a few people I know who have cats. The post was as I said very informative without it having to much information. Or as I call it information overload. I find when this happens the post can become boring. Welldone again on this post.

  2. Hi Patrick,

    I don’t have a cat myself, but I occasionally look after one when my friends go away on holiday or for business. Not being very experienced with cats, the first time I saw her throw up a fur ball, I was quite concerned. I also didn’t know that there were treats to help with the problem. I will get some for next time I am called in to duty.

    1. The good news is that furballs are not necessarily a cause for alarm. However they are something that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to get complacent about either.

      Heed the advice in this article and share it with your friend, so that they can look into investing in some hairball control cat treats!

  3. I have three cats, and fortunately they have not had many hairballs. Do you think that cats spending a great deal outside are less inclined to get hairballs? Perhaps because they have access to grass? It was just a thought I had right now. I live on a large piece of land, and my cats have a lot of space to run around, with bushes and many trees. One of them had a hairball when I just got him, but now he seems to be better. He hasn’t coughed them up in months. Reading your article though, makes me wonder if it is still building up in his intestinal tract … I hadn’t even considered that. 

    Your article definintely made me think. It could be time to get new hairball control cat treats. My cats are spoiled and like wet food in the afternoon, in the morning they get dry food 😉 In the afternoons though they know it’s wet food time and they meow for it 😉 So, I think that, in their case, either dry or gel hairball control cat treats could work. I will definitely look at the options you’re offering here. 

    Many years ago I had a cat that had hairballs on a more regular basis, but she was an indoor cat. I got her a hairball control gel and it worked well. So, again, here’s my question, does the formation of hairballs relate to being either indoor or outdoor cats? Do indoor cats groom themselves more because of less constant activity as opposed to outside where they are more active? I’m not sure, it would be worth exploring, what do you think?

    1. Christine – That’s an interesting theory. Are indoor cats more prone to developing hairballs than outdoor cats? Your experience seems to suggest that this might be the case. I have owned 6 cats over the course of my lifetime… All of them were kept 100% indoors. So I can’t personally attest to this fact myself.

      Diet does definitely play a role in it. So perhaps outdoor cats partake of foods that are more conducive to digestive health? In any case, I would suggest that indoor cats be fed a diet that promotes digestive health. Don’t just feed them any arbitrary cat food that you find at the pet store or in the pet food aisle of the grocery store.

      Hairball control cat treats, gels, and even dry cat food are the way to go!

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