Shedding is one natural cat behavior that can drive pet owners up the wall. Cats will shed in varying amounts throughout the year as their bodies get rid of old and damaged fur.
One way that cats naturally speed up this process is by grooming themselves. As the cat grooms, its tongue will pull out loose fur, some of which is often swallowed. Normally this hair passes through the cat's digestive system and is eliminated without any problems.
But occasionally, the hair builds up and becomes a hairball. This mass of ingested hair is usually vomited up, but hairballs can also build up in a cat's digestive system where they can cause intestinal blockages and significant health problems.
While you can't eliminate a cat's instinctual grooming, you can reduce the number of hairballs that your cat has with a gentle supplement called Laxatone. Laxatone is an edible flavored gel designed to help cats safely eliminate hairballs. This tasty supplement comes in two varieties: tuna flavor and a meaty natural flavor. Simply give your cat a small amount of Laxatone 2 to 3 times a week. When your cat swallows the Laxatone it safely and gently coats the swallowed hair in a cat-safe lubricant so it can easily pass through the cat's digestive system and be eliminated without causing damage. Even hairballs that have already formed become coated and are safely eliminated.
This formula has been a staple of veterinarians for over 25 years, and it is one of the easiest ways to prevent and treat hairballs. Laxatone is a great treatment, even if your cat is finicky. The flavored gel can be added to your cat's food, although many cats love it so much that they eat it without additional food or treats. Laxatone requires no tricky dosing or special techniques, so it's easy to administer – even for novice cat caretakers. And it's safe for kittens as well as adult cats.
By the way, daily brushing can also make a big difference in hairballs. But instead of using a regular brush, I recommend using the FURminator. This amazing grooming tool can reduce shedding by as much as 90 percent!
Hairballs can be a problem, but preventing and treating them doesn't have to be. I hope this helps control shedding and hairballs in your cat!