Cat Nutrition Guide | Food for Hairballs and better Digestion
Ever fantasised about trading lives with your cat? Lots of sleep, delicious grub served straight to you and of course, plenty of time to beautify oneself. However, all that grooming is a full time job for your puss – spending up to 50% of their day licking themselves! Of course, that can lead to copious amounts of fur swallowing. Not only are hairballs unpleasant, but they can also lead to health issues, especially for indoor cats. However, there are specific foods we can serve to combat those hairballs and keep your cat’s digestion running smoothly.
What are hairballs?
Hairballs are clumps of fur that form together after being ingested by your cat. They usually pass through their systems and out via the stools, but sometimes they can also cause vomiting whilst your cat tries to cough them up. Symptoms of a hairball are coughing, gagging, loss of appetite, constipation and vomiting. Hairballs can also be particularly common and irksome for cats with long fluffy fur. Although hairballs are a normal part of being a cat, they can block the intestinal tract and this could lead to surgery being needed, so if we can avoid them, let’s!
How can cat food for hairballs help?
Quality premium foods will nurture your cat’s coat and make it less prone to falling out or breaking during grooming, whilst the high fibre content of these foods helps ease the passing of hairballs through your cat’s digestive system. However, be prepared – more fibre means more visits to the litter tray!
Omega fatty acids and vitamins are also a great way to keep your cat’s coat in top condition, reducing shedding and therefore swallowing.
Things to consider when it comes to hairballs…
Along with a top-notch grub to help reduce hair loss, brushing your cat’s coat regularly will remove the looser fur and help eliminate hairballs.
If your cat seems to groom themselves more than the already high 50%, it may be a symptom of other issues. It could be that your cat licks themselves out of stress-related anxiety or has itchy and irritated skin, so chat with the vet if you think that this is a possibility. Indoor cats who perhaps have too much leisure time on their hands and lack entertainment, may groom out of boredom and irritate their skin this way. Don’t forget to shower your cat in love, affection and some entertainment in the form of interactive toys.
Browse our range of hairball cat foods now and keep their tummies and coats in their absolute prime.