Hairballs are definitely one of the less glamorous sides of owning a cat. There is also a bit of irony to it as well. Cats are naturally built to self-groom, therefore reducing the need to give them frequently baths. However, it is because they know how to lick themselves clean that the dead hair their tongues catch on is swallowed and leads to the creation of the nasty hairball in their digestive system.

Hairballs are definitely one of the less glamorous sides of owning a cat. There is also a bit of irony to it as well. Cats are naturally built to self-groom, therefore reducing the need to give them frequently baths. However, it is because they know how to lick themselves clean that the dead hair their tongues catch on is swallowed and leads to the creation of the nasty hairball in their digestive system.

What is even more vexing for some cat owners is that there it is really a natural part of owning a cat. It is not something that can be ‘cured’ (especially if you own, nay, adore fluffy breeds like Persians). The only thing you can do is accept it as part of your responsibility as a good owner and know the best ways to handle these little accidents.

1. Use hairball formula cat food.

If you want something easy to start with, you can’t go wrong with cat food specially made to help your cat’s digestive systems. These are common enough across all brands but a few noteworthy benefits that you might want to look for are those that have high fiber and can also improve the health of your cat’s fur (thereby minimizing the shedding or at least making the hair more digestible).

2. Make a habit to sweep.

There is no predicting when the next time your cat is going to cough out its last grooming session. You will more likely just stumble upon a nasty pile in the corners here and there. Hence, it is best to just have a regular cleaning regimen and become accustomed to sweeping up hairballs as part of the routine.

3. Groom your cat more frequently.

Remember, there is nothing wrong with also having a personal hand in your cat’s hygiene. Start bathing them more frequently and set aside some time every day to brush your cat. Remember, the worst hairballs tend to form because there is only so much hair that can pass through your cat’s digestive tract. Even a little bit of grooming can go a long way to reducing that amount!

4. Avoid panicking or when a cat starts to cough out.

Hearing a cat retch while on the couch is certainly a bit frightening (and catastrophic as far as the clean up goes). However, the last thing you should do is panic and give your cat even more undue stress. Remember, hairballs are still quite natural and it is important for cat owners to become a bit more used to the times when their cat spits one out. And if you don’t want any landing higher than the floor, then at least make sure to pick up your cat gently and carefully set them down until the hairball’s finally out.

On a final note, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian either if you think your cat’s hairball situation is a bit more serious. But in all cases, it’s best to accept that hairballs are just part of life with a cat and not tear your own hair out because of them!

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