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Finding The Right Vet

After my dog started having health problems, I decided that I needed to take his medical care more seriously. Instead of simply taking him to the cheapest clinic, I started looking around for a veterinarian that actually specialized in his symptoms. I was able to find an excellent doctor that actually understood what my pet was going through, and it was a huge relief. The doctor was able to treat my little friend's condition, and he gradually recovered. This blog is all about the importance of taking your pet to the right veterinarian, not just the most convenient one. You never know, it could save your pet's life.

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Hair Balls Got Your Cat Gagging? 4 Ways To Provide Relief

Is your cat coughing and gagging more than it used to? If so, it might be trying to pass hair balls. Before you take your cat to the vet, try these easy-to-follow tips that will help you eliminate hair balls.

Butter Up Its Food

Cats love butter. If your cat is trying to get rid of hair balls, try lubricating it from the inside. Add a teaspoon of butter to your cat's food once a day. The butter will lubricate the hair ball, which will help it pass right through the digestive tract. In addition, butter activates the gall bladder, which causes it to release bile. Once the bile enters the digestive tract, it acts like a mild laxative, which helps your cat pass the hair balls when it has a bowel movement.

Add Some Fiber

If your cat maintains regular bowel movements, hair doesn't remain inside the body long enough to form those slimy balls. Add a teaspoon of bran to your cat food to keep your cat regular. If your cat doesn't like the taste of fiber supplements, simply add a teaspoon of canned pumpkin to the food. Pumpkin is rich in fiber and cats love the taste.

Nix the Fleas

If your cat has fleas, it may be licking to stop the itching. Unfortunately, that licking is causing it to swallow an increased amount of hair. If you suspect that your cat has fleas, give it a good flea treatment and the hair ball problem should go away with the fleas. If you've tried various methods to get rid of fleas, but none of them have worked, you may want to speak to your veterinarian about other possible treatment options.

Wipe It Down

Does your cat have long hair? If it does, it could shed more than usual. You can help your cat avoid hair balls by removing loose hair before it has a chance to get swallowed. Brush your cat at least once a day and then wipe it down with a moist cloth. The brush will loosen the hair and the cloth will wipe it away. If your cat doesn't like stopping to have its fur wiped down, wait until it curls up in your lap for a nap.

Don't deal with hair balls. They're uncomfortable for your cat and they're a mess for you to clean up. The simple tips provided above will help you eliminate hair balls once and for all. If your cat continues to have trouble passing hair balls, be sure to speak to your veterinarian. There may be underlying health issues that are affecting your cat.