While all cats self-groom, not all of them develop a nagging hairball problem. As the kitten you love approaches age 1, becoming an adult, keep an eye on a developing hairball issue. Taking steps early in your cat’s adult lifestage can make a difference for both of you.
Constant messes? Frequent cleanup? No one likes to clean up those nasty messes around home, but hairballs are simply a fact of life for most cat owners. Here’s what you need to know:
An occasional hairball coughed up on the floor isn’t a sure sign of a problem
If the messes seem endless or increase in frequency, you might have a real hairball issue
Make fur and skin health a priority. Ask your veterinarian or groomer for advice on establishing an effective grooming routine at home. Brushing keeps excessive hair off your cat’s coat and out of her mouth. It also stimulates her skin to help keep it healthy and boosts a healthy appearance.
Switch to cat food that’s formulated for controlling a hairball problem. A combination of high-quality ingredients for adult cats and special nutrition for combating hairballs can pack a powerful punch against the steady stream of messes on your floor. Find out how Science Diet® Hairball Control helps avoid hairballs in 30 days.
Don’t switch to adult cat food too soon. Remember that until your kitten reaches her first birthday, she only needs kitten food precisely formulated for healthy growth. Specialized adult pet food formulas are not an option for kittens. Ask your vet.