If your cat has trouble removing its hair naturally, you should help. One of the ways is to plant the so-called cat grass, which is one of the varieties of papyrus (Cyperus alternifolius species). You can also sow barley or oats that have a softer blade than papyrus and are more suitable for cats with sensitive stomachs. Plucking the grass will cause your cat to vomit so it can get rid of any hair in its stomach. At the same time, providing your cat with its own “grazing” garden can protect our potted plants from animals tempted by the greenery. Remember not to keep at home the plants which are toxic for your cat.
Another way to remove hair is to make it easier for your cat to pass it through the gastrointestinal tract. Preparations containing malt are best suited for this purpose as it is not digested by the cat’s digestive tract, but stimulates the intestinal passage. It improves intestinal peristalsis, lubricates digestive tract walls and allows the cat to excrete hair before it clamps into hard, tough-to-remove balls. The preparation for hairballs can be in the form of a paste, such as dr Seidel Malt paste. Short-haired cats should receive 3–4 cm of this paste daily, while long-haired cats – about 6 cm. If the first symptoms of hairballs occur, the dose can be increased three times. The paste can be fed directly from the tube or mixed with food.
Pets which are not fond of paste will certainly be eager to try dr Seidel Malt anti-hairball treats for cats. It is the first treat available on the market enriched with malt and taurine, which stimulates the proper functioning of the heart, eyesight and nervous system, in quantities corresponding to dietary supplements. The dosage is 10 treats a day.
Where these methods fail, the intervention of a veterinarian is necessary.