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Hairball Horrors: Grooming Tips for New Cat Owners

If you’re new to cat ownership, you’re likely enjoying both playtime and the quieter moments when your new friend is purring in your lap.

What you may have yet to experience is the repulsion that comes with stepping in a freshly deposited hairball.

Cat hairballs are every bit as gross as you think and then some, so preventing them is truly the best way to handle the situation.

Fortunately, there are quite a few ways to do so.

Hairball Horrors, Grooming Tips for New Cat Owners

Hairball Horrors: Grooming Tips for New Cat Owners

Frequent Brushing

Brush your cat daily to remove any loose fur and prevent them from swallowing it as they bathe themselves.

Most cats love being brushed and you’ll likely have no trouble initiating this routine.

If your cat is one of the few who isn’t a fan of brushing, purchase corner comb you can mount on the wall.

These brushes are placed on wall corners and brush the cat automatically whenever he rubs against them.

Many cats enjoy these brushes even if they dislike being brushed by their human.

You’ll need to brush your cat more often during the spring shedding season.

Food for Thought

Several pet food companies offer hairball remedy cat foods that may help your cat produce fewer hairballs.

While they don’t work for every kitty, the theory behind them is to keep the cat on a high fiber diet.

This fiber should keep things flowing smoothly in the digestive tract so that ingested hair passes through the cat rather than coming back out of his mouth.

These foods are certainly worth a try if your cat struggles with hairballs.

See the Vet

Don’t forget that your most valuable resource when it comes to your cat’s health is always your veterinarian.

Your vet may provide a laxative or other remedy to help reduce hairballs that you won’t find elsewhere.

Places like the Waterdown vet clinic can also give you tips and tricks that might work for your specific breed of cat.

If hairballs and vomiting are excessive, your vet can also make sure your pet isn’t suffering any type of intestinal blockage.

Some cats are more obsessed with grooming than others, so try distracting obsessive groomers with lots of play time and frequent new toys.

Long human hair is often picked up by grooming cats as well, so sweep and vacuum regularly so as not to add to your cat’s problem.

With proper grooming, food, and a little help from your vet, you can help minimize the number of hairballs you and your new cat deal with.

The Pros and Cons of Feeding Hairball Control Cat Food - Miss Molly Says

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

[…] throwing up an occasional hairball is generally not serious, feline hairballs can become too large to be passed easily. When this happens, they can become lodged in either the […]


Wednesday 24th of April 2019

Grooming cumulatively and administering suplements i.e hairball control treats, marshmallow root, etc. Wou d be good.


Monday 20th of August 2018

Definitely brush frequently to prevent excess hair balls. Rip Carpet.


Sunday 30th of April 2017

I brushed my last cat twice a day since she was long haired. She loved it. My current cat is short haired fortunately because he hates being brushed. I still do it twice a wk. in Winter and every other day in Summer. It really does help with the hairballs. I feel so bad for them when they get a hairball. Even with brushing and hairball medicine, they still happen far too often.

Margaret Appel

Saturday 22nd of April 2017

I can attest that cats love being brushed. I can't even brush my OWN hair without several of my rescue cats leaping into my lap and bumping my hand with their heads wanting to be brushed too. Thankfully with frequent brushing the furbabies are hair ball free.

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