No matter how much you love your kitty, you gotta admit that furballs are one of the grosser aspects of being owned by a cat. Seeing your feline hack up one of these things can make you wonder why you keep cats…
What causes furballs?
Kitties are known for their grooming habits. They lick and lick, smoothing down all that fur, and making themselves beautiful. They’re also known for shedding copious amount of cat hair. Believe it or not, it doesn’t all wind up on your favorite black dress. Quite a bit of that hair sticks to your kitty’s tongue. He can’t get it off, so he winds up swallowing it.
Hair is pretty indigestible, and it clumps together in your cat’s stomach to make lumpy mats called hairballs or furballs. These things have to come out one end or the other, and your cat will either yak it up, or you’ll find it in his litter box (or elsewhere – ick). If he can’t get rid of the furball, it can block his digestive tract, leading to loss of appetite, constipation, and weight loss.
How can I prevent my cat from getting furballs?
Furballs go with the territory in cats. It’s hard to prevent them completely. But you can do things to make it easier for your cat to pass them.
Try to comb your cat’s fur every day, especially if he has long hair. I used to have a beautiful long-haired black cat. I worried about furballs, and tried to comb her on a regular basis. She HATED it, and would barely tolerate it. When she’d had enough, she’d bite me, so I learned to be quick about it.
Regular combing will help, as you’ll be getting off most of the dead and loose hair your cat would be swallowing otherwise.
Be sure your kitty is eating a high-quality diet with plenty of fiber, fats, and oils to help hairballs pass through his system. And if he hasn’t eaten all his food, pick it up. Periods of fasting during the day help to make his digestive system work more efficiently.
Your kitty also needs to be drinking plenty of water, especially if he eats mostly dry food. Canned food is much higher in moisture, and cats who eat canned food get most of their water from their food.
My cat seems to have a lot of furballs. How can I help him?
Cats who go outside will eat grass and other fiber-rich plants to help furballs pass through their systems. If your kitty lives inside, you may want to increase the amount of fiber in his diet. You can add small amounts of catnip, wheat, oats, barley, pumpkin, oat bran, green beans, flax, or psyllium husk to his food every other day.
If you increase the amount of fiber in your cat’s diet, be sure he’s drinking plenty of water. Fiber absorbs water, and causes his urine to be more concentrated, which can lead to urinary tract infections.
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