Information About Furballs
Furballs are a completely natural part of a cat’s grooming ritual. They are a mixture of the loose hairs and digestive juices which have formed in your cat’s stomach.
Most hairs do pass right through the body, but it is understandable that some do get trapped in the digestive system. Once this starts, there can be a build-up.
The products above are designed to help your cat remove a furball naturally. Most of the time, they can do this themselves, but there may be occasions where they need a bit of help.
Types Of Hairball Treatment
Depending on your cat and how serious the problem is, you may need to purchase particular items or types which are both easiest for your cat to manage and will sort out the issue.
This is a good answer if your cat has regularly struggled to remove furballs, and you need a constant way to monitor this. They are high in fibre, which reduces the likelihood of them settling in the stomach, and also keeps the coat shiny and healthy
If your cat is on specific dietary food or are fussy about changing, treats are a good way to administer the treatment. They don’t know any different, but you can usually give them up to 10 pieces per day
Another form of a treat in a way. A paste which they can lick off your finger, off their paw or on food so it is relatively easy to give to them. Often tastes meaty or malty to appeal
Cats naturally eat grass outside if they are struggling with their digestion, but if you don’t have any growing, have an indoor cat or are concerned about pests and grass treatments they could be consuming then growing your own is a good idea
Most hairball treatments contain similar ingredients, such as malt, animal derivatives and vegetable derivatives so the flavour appeal is there and doesn’t taste ‘off’ from what they usually eat.
In terms of the ingredients which actually do the job, most will choose from paraffin, oils and glycerin which lubricates the digestive system. The majority should be perfectly fine for your cat, but if you have noticed that they tend to struggle with certain ingredients then it could be a good idea to see a vet before you purchase anything, to ensure the best option.