One of the most effective ways to deal with hairballs is to prevent them in the first place. Regular brushing will remove much of that excess fur that would normally be swallowed and regurgitated.
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4 Natural Remedies for Cat Hairballs
ADD FIBER TO YOUR CAT’S DIET
Increasing the fiber in your cat’s diet can help the fur that she swallows to keep moving through her digestive tract instead of being vomited back up.
LUBE IT UP
A teaspoon of fish, safflower, or flax oil added to your cat’s food can coat a hairball, allowing it to pass through your kitty’s system. Another option is a hairball prevention jelly containing slippery elm, marshmallow, or papaya.
MAKE SURE YOUR CAT IS GETTING ENOUGH WATER
If a cat’s diet isn’t providing enough moisture, her digestive tract is working harder than it should, which may make her hairball problem worse. Quenching your cat’s thirst with a cold bowl of H2O should help.
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