You’ve heard the sound – the faint barking sound your cat makes as she tries to get
a hairball up out of her belly. Or perhaps you’ve stepped out of bed on a dark, cold
morning and your foot lands on that squishy blob. You’ve learned to accept these things
as part of owning a cat, but is there something you can do to help your cat feel better and
pass hairballs more smoothly? The answer is yes.
Cats are well known as fastidious cleaners, and those small barbs on their tongues are
ideal for grooming out loose fur and smoothing things down. But, since there’s really
only one place for that fur to go, your cat ends up swallowing that loose fur. Most
times, it can go through the digestive system with no problems, but sometimes it ends up
congealing until your cat vomits it back up as the infamous hair ball. Depending on the
cat, it may be more bile and food than fur, or in the case of long-haired cats, it can be a
compacted wad of fur with very little stomach acid and bile in it.
You may notice in the days leading up to your cat purging itself of fur that her appetite
decreases, or she may have some trouble eliminating in her box. If your cat gags for
a few days, or does not defecate for a few days, there may be a more serious problem
that needs your veterinarian’s attention, like a complete digestive blockage. A cat’s fast
metabolism and small body need to eat, drink, and toilet regularly, so be sure to take care
of any signs of trouble right away.
So how can you help your fur friend feel better? Help remove excess fur by combing or
brushing your cat. Many cats love this feeling, and will patiently wait for you to groom
them. Some don’t, though, and you may have to experiment with different devices like
gloves, brushes, combs, or other tools to find the right one. A gentle wipe with a damp
cloth can also be soothing, and helpful. It often reminds a cat of the baths she used to
receive from her mama. This is a great chance for a little bonding time with your cat,
Many high-quality cat foods contain fibre which helps the fur move along through the
digestive system better. Good quality cat food will also lead to healthier skin, so your
cat will be less likely to lick herself to relieve any itching or dryness. All of Husse’s
premium cat foods have this fibre, like Kroketter Kyckling, which has chicken, beef, and
vegetables – all the proteins your cat needs to keep healthy. It also has beet fibre that is
useful in helping hairballs pass through while keeping the digestive tract happy.
There are also tasty supplements you can buy that help the fur pass through. Husse offers
Katt Malt – a supplement for cats that helps keep hairballs at bay to start with so your cat
doesn’t have to vomit up hairballs as often. Katt Malt has a blend of fats and proteins
that you can give your cat every day.
A little grooming, a great cat food, and some love from you – everything your cat needs
to feel better and reduce those hairballs.
Vet and Managing Director at Husse England