Hairballs can endanger your cat's health. Large hairballs can be the source of serious health problems such as intestinal blockages. There has been news of veterinarians surgically taking out baseball-sized hairballs. Hairballs take place naturally during the grooming progression, when a cat loosens and swallows loose, dead hairs. Since it is clearly not an option for your cat to cease grooming in total some remedies may lessen the frequency and severity of hairballs.
Brushing not only endorses a shiny, healthy coat, but also lessens the amount of dead hair left for your cat to ingest. Depending on the age, breed, and general activity level of your cat, you may need to brush him/her on a daily, bi-weekly or weekly base. A wipe down with a slightly damp towel is another way to pick up stray hairs. Brushing the cat every day and making a visit to a professional groomer roughly every six months successfully reduces occurrences of hairballs in long-haired breeds.
The food you give to your cat plays a big role in how much he/she sheds as well as the rate of hairballs. A premium food specially formulated to help control and prevent hairballs can make a huge difference. The correct nutrients will keep a cat's coat shiny and healthy. In addition to being indispensable to the overall health of your feline, this very much reduces shedding by putting a stop to the hair from becoming entangled and wiry.
Over the counter feline laxatives and digestive aids can aid in reducing hairballs by lubricating the digestive tract to let hair pass through more easily. Home remedies can work in a similar way. A daily 1/2 tsp. dose of petroleum jelly or butter can help the passing of hairballs. Steady use for several days can totally eliminate hairball problems.
A cat that spends an extraordinary amount of time grooming may be prone to hairball problems. The answer may be to simply discourage the cat from unnecessary grooming behavior. This can be attained by simply spending more time with the cat, training kitty to do another activity or distracting him/her with a toy.