Finally, A Hairball Solution!

Mimi: "I'm so pretty!"

As your cat might have shown you a tube of hairball right in front of you in the kitchen floor, hairball season is here.  Some cats have no problem with hairballs – they just eliminate hairballs with their poops, but other cats suffer from their fur “clogged” in their system.

My cat, Tora didn’t have hairball issues at all until Mimi joined our family.  This might sound ridiculous to some of you, but Tora takes his appearance seriously.  He likes to be pretty and clean.  He wants his sister to be the same.  That’s where the problem starts.  Tora loves grooming Mimi who has much (much) finer hair than his own.  Mimi’s hair doesn’t pass through his system, and actually, completely clogs his digestive system.  It became worse this year – the food doesn’t get through at all once the hairball has been collected in his digestive system.  He has to throw up all the food he just ate.

I have given him both petroleum-based hairball remover (yuk!), and non-petroleum-based Vet’s Best Hairball Relief (that Tora doesn’t want to eat).  It was time to research something better than the two.  I found an answer in one of the feline holistic forum groups that I belong to.  I have tried this with Tora, and after about four weeks now, he hasn’t coughed up single hairball yet!!  It works!  Do you want to know what I used?

Pumpkin, Lecithin, and Ghee

1)    Canned organic pureed pumpkin (NOT the pie fillings) – 1/4 teaspoon mixed in to cat’s wet food or raw food.  It is a good quality fiber.

2)    Lecithin capsule (Nature’s Plus 600mg caps – not soy based) – 1/3 of a capsule mixed in to cat’s wet food or raw food.  It helps “emulsify” a hairball for better digestion.

3)    Ghee (clarified butter) – 1/8 teaspoon to up to 1/4 teaspoon per day per cat.  I give ghee as is, putting on their crunchy treats, or mixed in their food.  It really fatten up your cats, so be watchful for the amount.  Regular unsalted butter will do the same, but it contains lactose.  So, for the cats that are intolerant of lactose, it is better to use ghee.  I use ghee on my morning toast every morning though I don’t have hairball issues myself!  Yum.

If you’re looking for a natural hairball solution, here it is.  It worked with my kitty!  Oh, by the way, most importantly, please remember to brush your cat every day!!  Meooow.

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