Are furballs a problem that needs treating?
Virtually all cats have hairballs more or less frequently in their lives, although long hair cats are more prone to hairballs than short hair cats. To prevent excessive hairballs to form in the first place groom your cat regularly. Long hair cats need to be brushed more often than short hair cats.
It is natural for cats to cough up hairballs and you don’t need to do anything about that. However, if your cat has problems expelling hairballs natural remedies can help. When your cat can’t rid itself of hairballs you will see it gagging and straining and it might also only be able to eat small amounts of food. Home remedies for cats are great for hairball control.
One of the best home remedies for cats with hairballs is linseed tea. This is easily prepared by pouring about a litre of boiling water onto one teaspoon of linseed and half a teaspoon of liquorice root. Leave to stand and cool down naturally for four hours, then strain the herbs. Give three dropperfuls to your cat morning and evening until it has expelled the hairball.
Alternatively, give your cat about half a teaspoon of melted butter or margarine once a day for a few days to help the hairball pass through its intestines.
Help your cat to pass hairballs by feeding it fibre. The easiest option is to buy ready-made cat food for hairball control. These foods are richer in fibre than normal foods and a good hairball formula should contain at least 8% fibre. Some companies have also developed natural hairball treats such as Cat Lube Hairball and Digestive Aid.
FurBall Dr from PetAlive is another option. This is a herbal supplement for digestion, cleansing and elimination. It comes in capsule form and is easily administered. Give 1/2 capsule 2 times daily for 10 days and then 1/2 capsule once daily. This will keep your cat and your carpets and floors furball-free.
If you don’t want to use a ready-made remedy, feed mashed vegetables in addition to the normal food. Another way to increase your cat’s fibre intake is to add a teaspoon of canned pumpkin to its food. You can also grow or buy your cat some wheat grass. This is a safe and natural way to prevent hairballs. Eating wheat grass may induce vomiting, thus helping to expel hairballs.
These home remedies for cats will eliminate any hairball problem quickly and effectively.