If you are looking for a homemade hairball remedy for cats, then congratulations! You have come to the right place! We’ve all been there. One minute your cat is doing fine…. It’s minding its own business… Next thing you know, you hear the sounds of a cat hacking up something in its throat… Next thing you know, your cat has departed the “crime scene”, leaving behind “the evidence”, of a little puddle of vomit… Only this vomit happens to be an admixture of undigested food and knots of fur!
So what on earth are you supposed to do in this situation? Unfortunately for us pet owners, it is not as though our cats are going to take responsibility for their own actions and clean up after themselves (which itself is ironic since it’s the cat’s instinctive drive to groom itself that got it into this situation in the first place)! So who is left with the task of having to clean up the mess? We humans. (Although we humans claim to be superior to the rest of the animal kingdom, look who is having to clean up after who’s mess? Nature is not without its own sense of irony, right?)
It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it, as the saying goes! Now here is the conundrum: You can keep on living like this… Every few days or weeks (or in some severe cases, every day), your cat is going to throw up. You are going to have clean up after your cat. Rinse and repeat. It seems like a vicious cycle, doesn’t it?
Putting A Gag On Hairball Vomiting
But there is a way to break the cycle. There is indeed a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. It does not have to always be this way. It does not have to be the case that you should simply resign yourself into accepting that this is somehow just “how it is” with cats. While it is true that, left to their own devices, cats will naturally lap and ingest their own fur, and there is a certain degree of possibility that they will inevitably regurgitate hairballs at some point. Cats have been around for eons, and for eons, they have been vomiting hairballs. That is pat of their nature.
But in this era that we live in, where we have access to technology, medicine, and we have domesticated our cats, things are different. Cats that cohabitate with us, will throw up their hairballs. And when they do, it can ruin our furniture, ruin our clothes, ruin our bedding, or any of other personal effects.
The good news is that hairball vomiting can be controlled. It can be lessened and reduced, in terms of quantity and frequency. For as long as cats are going to be our dwelling-mates, we need to do whatever we can, to strike the delicate balance between keeping our cats happy and caring for them versus keeping our environment clean and free from ruin.
A Really Slick Homemade Hairball Remedy For Cats
Oil. Now, I’m not talking about the kind that you drill for. I’m talking about any natural oils produced by foods. Studies have shown that having your cat consume foods that contain oil (or consuming oil by itself) can help cure its bout with hairballs.
Olive oil is a prime example. You can mix a little bit of oil into your cat’s food… But not too much. Perhaps try one teaspoonful per week, but you may experiment accordingly.
Oil can help “grease your cat’s digestive tract” and help facilitate the forward propulsion of hairballs through the rest of the system, and be passed out of their body through their stool.
Supplementing your cat’s diet with a bit of oil should definitely help to minimize your cat’s tendency to vomit these up.
You can also experiment with other types of oil, such as mineral oil, saffron oil, and the like.
In the same vein (no, not literally the veins of your cat’s body), you can also feed your cat butter by mixing it in with their food, which itself is similar to oil in terms of its effectiveness.
Fish oil is also a great option. Many sea food items are sold in cans containing fish oil. So you can also make sure to incorporate canned fish that contain its fish oil into your cat’s diet… Tuna and salmon, are prime examples.
It may seem counter-intuitive to feed your cat fiber, being that cats are essentially carnivorous. (Have you ever tried feeding your cat fruits and vegetables? They will balk at any produce items that you try to feed them!) But just as how fiber is beneficial for humans, it is also beneficial for cats as well!
Fiber in and of itself contains no nutrients that can be used by the body. However, it is essential for helping to keep the digestive tract clean, healthy, and functioning optimally.
So this begs the question: How on earth would you feed your cat fiber, if cats don’t natively eat fibrous foods?
You can also mix powdered fiber into your cat’s wet cat food as well.
Your cat would be none-the-wiser!
(You obviously would want to make sure that you don’t give your cat too much fiber, otherwise you may end up with a problem worse than hairball vomiting, if you know what I mean!)
Other Do-It-Yourself Homemade Hairball Remedies For Cats
Brushing Your Cat
Brushing your cat a regular basis can help stave off the problem of cat hairball vomiting. Let’s face it: Your cat is going to lick itself all day long, whether you like it or not. And when it does, it is going to inevitably swallow some of its own fur… fur that came loose from its body in the process.
But if you were to brush your cat on a regular basis, what will happen differently?
When you brush your cat, you will be proactively removing loose fur from its body… fur that might otherwise have been ingested by your cat and which would have accumulated into a ball of fur lodged in its stomach. Now, obviously you cannot prevent your cat from picking up loose fur with its tongue entirely. But you can drastically minimize and reduce the amount of fur that gets ingested into its body, when there is less loose fur available for it to ingest in the first place!
This obviously requires an ongoing commitment on your part, in terms of time and in terms of effort.
Bathing Your Cat
Bathing your cat also follows the same logic as that of brushing your cat: When you bathe your cat, you are likely to wash away any loose fur from its skin. This in turn will result in less fur being lapped up by your cat when it grooms itself next time. Again, this is not a foolproof solution, but it is a solution that requires frequent, regular follow-up in order to maintain the benefits of it. (Just doing it one time will only buy you a little bit of time, before more loose fur becomes ripe and ready to be licked up by your cat.)
Your Turn: What Is The Most Effective Homemade Hairball Remedy For Cats?
Now it’s your turn! Has your cat ever suffered from a severe bout of hairballs? Have you tried any of the aforementioned hairball treatment solutions? How will did they work?
What other homemade hairball treatment solutions have you tried?
What, in your opinion, is the best homemade hairball remedy for cats?
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