Can a healthy diet prevent hairballs?

Most cats, whether in the wild or the tame surroundings of your home, spend a considerable amount of time grooming their coat. As they do so, the hair is swallowed and may build up over time in their stomach. If the hairball doesn't pass from the stomach, the cat will attempt to eliminate it by coughing.

The diet you feed your cat can help with hairball control, by keeping their digestive system healthy.

Many cats have a hairball at some point in their life, but some cats, such as long-haired cats and cats who groom excessively, are especially prone to hairballs. In cats who are prone to hairballs, frequent brushing can help reduce the amount of hair that is ingested, thereby reducing the risk of hairball formation.

Feeding a special diet designed to decrease the likelihood of developing a hairball may also help.

Why is Diet Important?

The amount of fibre contained within a cat's diet will generally determine how well that can deal with hairballs. The right type of fibre helps ingested hair to pass through the digestive tract more easily, thereby reducing the chances for hairballs to form.

High-quality, animal-based protein and fat provide important nutrients for skin and coat health. Maintaining skin and coat health may reduce the risks of excessive shedding, ingestion of hair from grooming and, consequently, hairball formation.

EUKANUBA's special hairball control food for cats contains high levels beet pulp to help move hair through your cat's digestive tract, as well as all the other nutrients and vitamins they need to stay in good health.

Our hairball control food is 100% complete and balanced. You don't need to feed your cat anything else, in fact, mixing other foods with hairball management formulas may compromise the effectiveness of this diet by diluting the nutrients that help reduce the risk of hairball formation.