by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
It's not uncommon to come across a cat that coughs up hairballs; in fact, it's almost expected! There are a couple of negative aspects surrounding hairballs, one of which being for the cat's own health. So, if hairballs are unhealthy for your cat, but are still seemingly inevitable, how do you get rid of the hairballs? How can you deal with hairballs, and maintain the health of your cat? The answer is quite simple actually, and will allow your cat to enjoy a hairball-free life!
The reason cats even get hairballs in the first place is that they lick themselves to clean themselves, and because cats have a nasty tendency for excessive shedding, some of their hair gets onto their tongues, ending up in their stomach with the rest of their food. Yes, it is pretty disgusting that cats create their own hairballs by swallowing their own hair, but it is a fact of life, and can be dealt with.
One of the tricks you can use is to add liquid paraffin to your cat's food. You just need to add about a teaspoon once every one to two weeks. This fix for hairballs needs more use for long-haired cats, than for short-haired cats. The liquid paraffin works as a de-clumper, meaning it will prevent the hair from clumping together enough so it comes out as a hairball. By making the hair less likely to clump together in your cat's stomach, the liquid paraffin will rather allow the hair to pass smoothly through your cat's system.
Hairballs are a pain for all parties involved. It must be revolting as a cat to have to cough that up, and it's definitely revolting for you to have to clean that up. In every possible way, hairballs and are disgusting, and if there's ever a way for you to rid your cat (and my extension, you) of those pestilential hairballs, then by all means, I say go for it!
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