Cat Hairballs: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Cats Need Help With Hairballs

By Claribel Hernandez

It is completely normal for cats to groom themselves however most cat owners might not know that daily hairballs are not healthy for cats. While most of cat’s hair moves through their digestive tract with no problems, sometimes hair gets stuck in their stomach. In order to get rid of that hair, cats vomit. Fortunately, there are some things cat owners can do to minimize hairballs, because just as gross at it is to see hairballs, it is not pleasant for cats to throw them up either.

Symptoms:

  • Vomit, gagging
  • Coughing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy: weary and loss of energy

 

Treatments:  

There are multiple products that help ease cat’s hairballs, it might be smart to get more than one incase your cat is not fond of your first pick!

  • Hairball Paw Paste: This paste is approved by vets and comes in different flavors so that cats are not reluctant to eat it. I used the chicken flavor on my cat and she loved it. She was cautious at first, sniffing it for a while, but she came around and had no issues eating it. However, if cats are reluctant to eat it, since a lot of cats are picky eaters, you can trick them by adding a little bit to their food. You can get it on Amazon by clicking Shop Now:

 

  • Cat Snacks: The paste might get repetitive so cat snacks are a good way to treat your cat while helping them with stubborn hairballs. The best part is this product can be found almost at any store that sells pet food even grocery stores. Our recommended option is listed here:

 

  • Food: There is cat food that is specifically designed to help cats with hairballs. Although the price range is a lot higher than the previous products it is also a good alternative to make sure your cat is getting rid of all that hair that is getting stuck in their belly. There are multiple brands that offer this product ranging from 12- 39 dollars, but our recommended option is listed below! A lot of the formulas are aimed for indoor cats thus I recommend reading the labels thoroughly in order to get the one most suited for your cat.

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