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Simple changes to your cat’s diet and lifestyle can minimize or prevent hairballs.

-(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 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 Links below (see yellow highlight)

From Healthy and Green Living, Care2 by Melissa Breyer
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