Helpful Tips for Controlling Your Cat's Hairballs

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Cats are meticulous groomers, often washing themselves several times a day. As they lick, they naturally swallow a bit of their own hair. When enough of this ingested hair collects in a cat's digestive tract, it forms a hairball. Most hairballs are harmlessly coughed up or passed through your cat.

Cats with long hair and those that shed heavily or groom excessively are especially prone to developing hairballs.

What can you do?

Though you may not eliminate hairballs completely, you can help minimize
their occurrence

  • Brush your cat regularly and thoroughly to remove loose hair and mats. Long-haired
    felines should be brushed every day and those with short hair, once a week
  • Give your cat a daily food specially-formulated for hairball control.
Hairball Cat

Signs of a problem:

  • Presence of hairballs - expelled from your cat's mouth
    or present in the litter box
  • Frequent hackling, coughing and gagging
  • Constipation or loose stools

Always consult your veterinarian if you
have questions about your cat’s health

Hill's® Science Diet® Hairball Control Cat Food

Available in a variety of formulas for all life stages and lifestyles, including for indoor cats.

  • Precisely balanced nutrition helps control and avoid the formation of hairballs when fed on a daily basis
  • Natural vegetable fibers help move hair through a cat's system with no drugs or artificial lubricants that may interfere with normal digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Essential fatty acids promote healthy skin and a shiny coat

Try any of these formulas:

  • Science Diet® Adult Hairball Control Dry – for cats age 1 to 6
  • Science Diet® Adult Hairball Control Light Dry – for cats prone to weight gain
  • Science Diet® Mature Adult Hairball Control Dry – for cats age 7 or older
  • Science Diet® Adult Hairball Control Savory Chicken Entrée Minced – high-quality ingredients, including real chicken, cooked in savory juices for a great taste and soft texture
  • Science Diet® Adult Hairball Control Savory Seafood Entrée Minced – high-quality ingredients, including real fish, cooked in savory juices for a great taste and soft texture


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