If you’re a cat owner, you’ve likely dealt with your cat coughing up hairballs. If your cat is struggling with a hairball, it can sound terrible and be distressing to you and your cat. So how do you prevent hairballs?
- Brush your cat regularly. When you remove more of your cat’s dead coat, less of it is ingested. Of course, if you have multiple cats, be sure to brush all of them, as cats tend to groom each other.
- Try food designed to reduce hairballs. Many new cat foods are on the market that claim to reduce hairballs. Most of them work by incorporating extra fiber which helps your cat digest the hair, and keeps it moving through the digestive system until it’s eliminated in the litter box.
- Try a cat laxative (like laxatone) or product designed to prevent hairballs. Hairball products can help your cat move hair through its system more readily. Some of these products are laxatives which help your cat eliminate hairballs rectally. Most of them are mineral-oil based and not absorbed by your cat. They also come in a variety of flavors – you may have to try several to discover which one your cat prefers.