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Fur Ball & Constipation Prevention for Cats

cat-111793_640 You know the story, hacking, tossing little cigar shaped fur pools and straining in the kitty box. Not fun for you or kitty. All this can become worse as she ages.

There is a simple and healthy way to prevent, and all but eliminate this syndrome. I have found that a nutritious combination of virgin coconut oil and psyllium husk powder mixed into some wet cat food daily does the trick.

Of course eliminating grains and most dry food from the diet is an enormous benefit to the overall health of your cat.

Here are 3 reasons to consider going grain free:

1) Cats naturally ate a primarily carnivore diet. Their teeth, digestive system, and natural prey all point to a primarily grain-free diet. Also,

2) Cats can have allergies just like humans. Gluten is a common allergen not only for humans, but also for cats. For that reason, grain or gluten-free pet food is becoming more common.

3) Grains fed to cats can make them gain weight and lead to obesity as they become less active.

Dry foods are constipating to cats as they absorb needed water from their digestive tracks and tend to bind them.

Another helpful ritual to control fur balls is regular brushing to remove excess under coat that can be ingested. It’s also an awesome way to bond with your cat.

Many people use common petroleum/mineral oil based pastes to control the problem, but the ingredients in these are a tremendous problem in themselves. Mineral oil is manufactured from crude oil, it’s a mixture of liquid hydrocarbons separated from petroleum. When administered orally, a cat may aspirate (breathe in) the oil. Mineral oil binds the fat soluble vitamins A, D and E and carries them un-absorbed out of the body. Furthermore, the hydrocarbons are known carcinogens to mammals.

Fish oils can also prove problematic. They can be too rich for some cats systems and actually cause vomiting. Also fish oils can be tainted with a variety of pollutants, such as PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls), mercury (and other heavy metals) and radiation.

Virgin coconut oil (preferably organic) is a safe and healthy oil to give your cat. Virgin coconut oil is rich in the essential fatty acids, the “good fats” that are recommend and is cholesterol – and trans-fat-free.

One of the “good fats”, which makes up about 50% of coconut oil, is lauric acid. Lauric acid is a rare medium-chain fatty acid. It’s now being shown to have anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, health-protecting properties. It serves as a good intestinal lubricant to ease constipation as well. It’s also wonderful for your cat’s skin and fur. It will help give her fur a lustrous shine. It also tastes yummy to cats.

Psyllium husk powder is just a good all around soluble fiber that promotes healthy digestion. It helps bind the fur in the intestine and move it out.

I have used this recipe on my own cats with substantial success. They used to vomit every few days, and after adding this to their diets, it has all but stopped. The recipe as is follows:

  • Heat a little clean water
  • Add about ¼ tsp coconut oil to the water
  • Mix in the wet cat food
  • Mix in about ¼ tsp psyllium powder

Here’s to kitty’s health!