Simple changes to your cat’s diet and lifestyle can minimize or prevent hairballs.
N.B.: -(1) Conventional hairball remedies contain petroleum jelly...this can stop your cat from absorbing vital nutrients, particularly vitamins A, D, E, and K. -(2) Too much soy (as in lecithin) can cause thyroid problems in cats. Use only tiny amounts.
Natural Ways To Prevent Hairballs:
---DAILY BRUSH your cat every day with a wire bristle brush to remove excess hair
---DIET: You can find recipes at holisticat.com. If you do buy prepared cat food, look for those with natural or organic meat
---LECITHIN: since hairballs are 15-30% fat, lecithin can effectively break up that fat–and the hairball. Give your moggies lecithin from egg yolks (not soy) Add only trace amounts. Only required during hairball season.
---FIBRE: Add one teaspoon of any of the following suggestions per meal to increase your cat's fibre intake, during hairball season... fibre helps move the hairball down and out. - (1): vegetables e.g. mashed pumpkin, pureed prunes, or baby food vegetables - (2): psyllium husks -mix 1/4 cup with 3/4 cup of hot water to make a gel - (3): slippery elm -mix a teaspoon with 1/2 cup of cold water, simmer until it thickens. If Fluffy turns up his nose at these offerings, soak them in juice from tuna packed in water.
---HOMEOPATHY: the homeopathic digestive remedy nux vomica- check with a homeopath or supplier for correct dose. One pellet every four hours for up to five days has been recommended
---VET: Don't forget regular visits to your vet
The Care2 article explains how hairballs form. Also check out Holisticat.com. Links below (see yellow highlight)
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