If you have a cat, you know how worrisome hairballs can be, and what nasty little surprises they are when you find one unexpectedly.
Try these simple tips to keep your beloved cats hairball-free:
1. Regular brushing will reduce the amount of fur your cat ingests. Most cats adore being gently brushed, so keep a cat brush next to each of your favorite chairs. When kitty jumps in your lap, the brush will be handy.
2. Try a dab of non-petroleum jelly on your cat’s nose. When she licks it off, it will coat her stomach and prevent hairball build-up.
3. A teaspoon of fish oil poured on your cat’s food once a week is a good natural lubricant to help your cat pass the hairball through without having to vomit it up.
4. A spoonful of canned pumpkin or one teaspoon of bran daily are two other time-honored remedies for hairballs.
Adapted from The Kitten Owner’s Manual, by Arden Moore (Storey Books, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Arden Moore. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from The Kitten Owner’s Manual, by Arden Moore (Storey Books, 2001).