How Do I Get Rid Of My Cat’s Hairballs?

[Music]>>Meg: Do you have any advice to help my
cat who gets hairballs? Okay. Hairballs. Why do they happen? Hairballs happen because cats have…they
have barbed tongues. They have these little protuberances out of their tongue,
and when they groom themselves or they groom other pets, they get hair off
of themselves and off of the other pets and they swallow it. At that point, only two
things can happen. Number 1, hair can go on through their digestive
tract, or they yak it back up as a hairball. So, how do we prevent hairballs from happening,
or at least decrease the frequency? I’ve got 5 tips for you. Number 1. I am going to go ahead and make
sure that I groom my cat and my other pets before the hair gets eaten. What that means
is this: Loose hair is going to get swallowed, unless
I get to it first. So I’m going to brush and groom my other pets,
get rid of that loose hair so it doesn’t get swallowed and then thrown back
up later on. That’s number 1. Number 2. I can do a lot with diets and treats
and supplements. By switching to hairball diets and things,
usually these are higher in fiber and that just helps move everything on through.
Some of the supplements can also help stop clumping of the hair, things
like that. So there’s a lot of stuff I can do there. Number 3. I’m going to keep my cat hydrated.
This just helps wash everything through. And a couple tips for getting cats to drink
more: I like fountains a lot. I like spreading water bowls away from food
so they’re other places and the cats find them and drink more. I think
that’s all great. Number 4. I want a healthy, active cat. And
so if I can keep my cat exercising and healthy and lean they’re going to have better skin and better
haircoats and we’re going to have less problems. And the last thing, number 5, is this: If
you’ve done these things, and your cat continues to vomit and have hairballs, go
get them checked out at the vet, because there might be a deeper problem. What
else ya got?>>Meg: Who would win in a fight, you or an
octopus? A small octopus?>>Meg: A moderately sized octopus. Hmmmm. I don’t want any part of an octopus.
Did you know those things have beaks? [Music]

3 thoughts on “How Do I Get Rid Of My Cat’s Hairballs?

  1. Thanks for another good video. I love with two cats and one of them allows me to groom her fairly often and she rarely has hairballs….my second kitty- and a long-haired one to boot – will only tolerate a few moments of grooming before she runs off. SHE has hairballs…..they're both rescues but Shadow (my tortie girl who allows grooming) was rescued as a kitten. Stella, the long haired girl- was an adult rescue and appears to not have been handled much and when she was it wasn't kindly. It's taken over 2 years for her to come up on my lap! She is overweight but only recently began to play with any toy at all (she used to run away) she gets mats in her fur and I'm afraid that since the grooming she will allow often entails me removing mats – which she does allow- she might not be having a good association with grooming. She also does not like any of the hairball treats / foods etc that I have tried. She is VERY picky with food. I will keep trying all of your recommendations, maybe I can find a supplement or treat she will eat. Thanks again and…. stay away from those octopuses!

  2. You can also try a groomer who works with cats – bathing, shorter cuts, or even the favorite, Lion Cut.  Check out Professional Cat Groomers Association of America or National Cat Groomers Institute of America to find a cat groomer in your area.

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