Thursday, May 23, 2013

Kitty Home Remedies

Did you see the story about the 4 pound hairball that was removed from a tiger? The story is from my local area, but I know it made national news. Can I just say YUCK?!?! You can click on the link under the image for the full story.
Associated Press
The litter box has to be my least favorite thing about owning a cat, but the whole hairball thing is almost a deal breaker. So what can you do help your kitty? There are quite a few choices. You can buy a lubricant.  They work well enough, but the smell is horrendous. I don't know how cats stand it.
You can give them kitty treats especially formulated for hairballs. My kitty actually likes these, but he's already over 20 pounds and the recommended dosage is 5 treats a day.
There are even some home remedies that you can use and you most likely already have it in your pantry.
  • Butter - add 1/2 teaspoon to food once a week
  • Olive Oil - add 1/2 teaspoon to food once a week
  • Petroleum Jelly - place a dab on kitties nose and he will lick it off. The jelly will smooth the animal's digestive tract and allow the hair to glide along smoothly.
I wouldn't recommend doing all of those - pick one - or you might have a mess from a different end. You can also help your kitty with regular grooming. I have a long-haired cat and he's also very fat. Two strikes against him when it comes to self grooming. 
I bought a Furminator and it's really helped get that thick undercoat out. Amazon has some great deals on this tool, you just have to watch for it.

Hope this helps you keep your 
kitties happy and healthy!

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