Hairball Treatments & Remedies

Hairballs are caused by a collection of fur in your cat's stomach that they cannot pass and can be unpleasant for both you and your cat. Help keep your cat healthy and feeling good with our hairball treatments and remedies, including hairball cat food and hairball pastes and tablets to aid digestion.

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Why Do Cats Get Hairballs?

When cats groom themselves, they end up swallowing a lot of fur because of the rough surface on their tongues. This is quite normal and a healthy cat will be able to pass the fur through its digestive system with no issues. However, some cats can get a build-up of fur in their stomach, which causes a blockage that they have to throw up.

This can happen to any cat and if your feline friend is bringing up one or two furballs a month, this is probably nothing to worry about. However, more frequently than this can indicate there is a bigger issue. Some of the most common causes of frequent hairballs are:

  • Excessive grooming, usually caused by stress
  • Long-haired breeds such as Maine Coons or Persians
  • Intestinal tract blockage meaning fur cannot easily pass

Are hairballs dangerous to cats?

In general, hairballs are not dangerous if your cat has them occasionally and can easily pass them. If your cat has too much fur in its digestive system then big problems can occur, which will need veterinary intervention.

Warning signs to look out for:

  • Bringing up hairballs multiple times a week
  • Continuous retching without bringing anything up
  • Digestion issues like constipation, diarrhoea, or vomiting
  • Refusing food
  • Lethagy

These can be symptoms of a much more dangerous issue such as a blockage and you should take your cat to a vet as soon as possible.

How to treat hairballs

If your cat is suffering from frequent hairballs, there are plenty of treatments that can help get their digestion back in order.

One of the best things you can do to prevent hairballs is brushing your cat at least once a week. This will help reduce the amount of fur your cat ingests and is essential for good hygiene if you have a cat with a particularly fluffy coat. Browse our cat grooming supplies to find everything you need for your furry companion.

Digestive aids for hairballs

We have a range of pastes and oils which improve your cat's digestion and help them to pass fur before it becomes a problem. These pastes are a great addition to your cat's grooming routine as they enjoy licking it from their paws and provide a helpful alternative for cats who are picky about their food.

Katalax

Katalax is a tasty treat paste that contains paraffin, cod liver oil, and malt extract. These ingredients all help to ease digestion and stop fur from building up in your cat's stomach. Simply give this to your cat a couple of times a week to prevent hairballs.

Lax-A-Past

Lax-A-Past is made with chicken liver, so it is enjoyed by many cats as a delicious treat that helps them stay healthy. Lax-A-Past can be used as a preventative tool and a treatment, so giving this to your kitty regularly will ensure no more hairballs.

For more help with your pet's digestion, browse our range of digestive medications for cats.

Hairball Cat Food

Cat food designed to aid with digestion is a great addition to your cat's diet if they suffer from hairballs. These foods are specially formulated with fibre and probiotics such as psyllium and chicory, which help reduce fur build-up as well as support general gut health. We stock a variety of high-quality brands with hairball-reducing foods so you can find the right one for your cat.

James Wellbeloved 

James Wellbeloved Adult Cat Hairball Food has everything your cat needs to support a healthy digestive system while preventing and treating your cat’s hairballs. From a whole variety of flavours to quality ingredients, James Wellbeloved’s cat hairball prevention will have your cat at ease in no time. The key benefits this brand uses are that it not only helps prevent hairballs but promotes a healthy and glossy coat. The blend of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids supports your cat’s health as well as encourages beneficial bacteria in the gut.

Hill's 

The Hill’s Science Plan Indoor Adult Cat Food has been researched for years to provide your cat with what they need to prevent the build-up of cat hairballs whilst getting the nutrition they need. This brand has formulated its food to bring high-quality protein, ingredients for heart health and contains minerals and vitamins.

Royal Canin

Royal Canin’s hairball care cat food has a veterinary health nutrition status and will support your cat against hairball formation while providing a highly digestible formula with balanced fibres and prebiotics. The moderate calorie content will help to sustain your cat at a healthy weight and provide them with the ingredients to lead a healthy lifestyle.

 

If you can't find what you're looking for or need more advice on which products are right for your pet, simply get in touch with our helpful team today.