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How to Deal with Your Cat’s Hairballs

Tips for those hairy situations


What causes hairballs?

It’s no surprise that cats get hairballs like it’s their job.

Cats are way into grooming — they spend up to half of their waking hours doing it. In the process, they inadvertently swallow a lot of their own fur — some of which comes back up later. Longhaired cats and cats who are extra-active groomers, tend to have more hairballs.

It’s normal for your kitty to cough up a hairball fairly often. But too many can lead to problems including:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Blocked digestion
  • Vomiting of hair and mucus

What can you do?

Invest in a hairball remedy! These treatments come either in a toothpaste-like tube or infused in a treat, and help lubricate kitty’s throat and stomach — so the hair is digested instead of regurgitated.

Beyond these measures, cat food made specifically to cut down on hairballs may help. Hairball-control food has more fiber to help your cat’s digestion, which helps cut down on shedding.

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