Cats groom themselves often, and with each lick of the tongue across their fur, the cat swallows some hair. The swallowed hair can not be digested by the cat and forms a ball inside the cat’s stomach that only has one of two ways to go – either down and out or up and out. A little canned pumpkin added to the cat’s daily diet will help the hairball be eliminated by the down and out method instead of the up and out method which deposit’s a slimy hairball on the floor.
Canned Pumpkin is Better for Cats Than Oil-Based Hairball Remedies
Canned pumpkin is high in dietary fiber, which when added to a cat’s regular meals will help ensure the ingested fur passes through the digestive system. Canned pumpkin also a low calorie source of vitamins and mineral which will help maintain a healthy weight level for the cat and promote overall health. Another major advantage that canned pumpkin has over oil-based hairball remedies is that it will not inhibit the absorption of food nutrients for the cat. Overuse of oil-based hairball remedies will decrease the amount of food nutrients that the cat is able to absorb, leading to an unhealthy feline.
How to get a Cat to Eat Canned Pumpkin
Cats are notorious for being finicky eaters, and canned pumpkin is probably a food most cat owners would think their cat would not come anywhere near, let alone eat. Try these tricks to get the cat to eat the hairball eliminating canned pumpkin –
Start with plain canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filler. Add a little juice from canned tuna or clams and mix well and present to the finicky cat and see if it passes muster with her. If that trick doesn’t work, try mixing the canned pumpkin with her favorite brand of canned cat food. Just a little bit of canned pumpkin, one to two tablespoons per day, will aid in digestion and the elimination of hairballs.
Hacking up the occasional hairball is normal for cats, even if they devour their daily amount of canned pumpkin and are brushed regularly by their owners. The only time to be concerned about a cat’s hairball is if it contains something other than a mixture of cat hair and sticking mucous or if you’re walking through a dark house barefooted.