Imagine being constantly nauseated, heaving on a regular basis after meals, and facing painful constipation on a regular basis. A cat with hairball problems feels just that---terrible. The stress of constant hairballs can lower your pet’s resistance to illness. And, hairballs can become so bad they impact in the intestines and must be removed surgically. Be on the lookout for these symptoms:
Fortunately, hairballs are easy to prevent. And the number one way is pleasurable to both cat and owner: brushing. The Dog Bowl carries a small shedding blade (we love the FURminator) that removes a surprising amount of loose hair---much more than a regular brush---and is perfectly tailored for cats and small dogs. Other tips include using a lint roller or grooming with wet hands or rubber gloves to pull loose hair out. Just be sure and follow up with a soft brush to remove what you have loosened so you don’t inadvertently worsen the hairball problem.
There are commercial hairball remedies, but it should be noted here that some of these contain petroleum products, which have not been rigorously tested for safe consumption. Some also contain mineral which, taken in quantities, can deplete the body of vitamin A. Some cat owners have had success by giving their cats a half teaspoon of butter two or three times a week. Others have fed canned pumpkin or baby food squash. Perhaps the best and simplest solution is The Dog Bowl’s Omega 3 & 6 Oil with Salmon & Evening Primrose Oil added for optimum health and a shiny coat.
There are many pet health issues we have no control over. Fortunately this is one we do. So, love that (loose) hair right off of your cat!
Once again, proper coat care & hairball prevention is an important part of your cat's overall health. At The Dog Bowl, nothing is more important than your pets’ health. For more information about dog hairball prevention and cat care, and to shop online click here.