You recognize the sounds, or if not, the special unwanted ‘presents’ your kitty leaves for you around the house. But did you know that hairballs can jeopardize your cat’s health?
According to Holistic Health NEWS:
“Cats spend up to one-third of their waking hours self-grooming. The tiny barbs on a cat’s tongue pull loose hair from its coat and those hairs are swallowed. Because hair is very difficult to digest, it compacts with undigested food in the intestines. The accumulation becomes a source of irritation if it is not eliminated in the litter box or coughed up. The result is messy fur-like, cigar-shaped forms on the floor or furniture. Although you may not see hairballs, there may be a significant accumulation in your cat’s intestines. Some hairballs surgically removed are almost three inches in diameter.
Some of the signs of hairball problems are: cigar shaped clumps of fur found on the floor or furniture; a dry, hacking cough or vomiting after meals; preoccupation with eating plants, hair entwined with the feces; dry, dull coat and/or excessive shedding; poor appetite and/or weight loss; constipation or diarrhea.”
So what can one do to keep kitty healthy and prevent such problems from occurring, or deal with them when they do occur? Some suggested remedies are simple common sense, such as brushing and grooming your kitty regularly and vacuuming the floors frequently. There are also products available at pet stores that are made for hairball elimination, but are not necessarily in your cats’ best interests’ health wise. Adding high grade fish oil to the food bowl once a week can be a good natural lubricant to help with hairball elimination, as well as keeping the coat shiny.
But our favorite remedy is Priscilla’s all natural live Kitty Grass. Priscilla’s cat grass contains a special blend of four grains including a generous amount of barley. Barley grass is the most tender, sweetest and easiest to digest of all the grains. Young barley grass contains the most protein of all the grasses. Our special blend of four nutritious grains was originally developed to help cat owners prevent fur balls, and is very effective when consumed by your kitty on a regular basis. Astounding amounts of vitamins and minerals are found in green barley leaves. The leaves have an ability to absorb nutrients from the soil. When barley leaves are 12-14 inches high, they contain many vitamins, minerals, and proteins necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll. These are easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract, giving our bodies instant access to vital nutrients. These include potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, beta carotene, B1, B2, B6, C, folic acid, and pantothenic acid. Indeed, green barley juice contains 11 times the calcium in cows’ milk, nearly 5 times the iron in spinach, 7 times the vitamin C in oranges, and 80 mg of vitamin B12 per hundred grams. Barley also contains a -glucan, a fiber also found in oat bran and reported to reduce cholesterol levels. The root contains the alkaloid hordenine which stimulates peripheral blood circulation and has been used as a bronchodilator for bronchitis. Barley bran, like wheat bran may be effective in protecting against the risk of cancer.
Indeed, according to our testimonials, many cats demand that a fresh pot of live Kitty Grass be produced for them by their pet parents on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. One can spoil one’s favorite felines and help keep them healthy at the same time. What’s not to love? In addition to the live plants, packaged seeds and Grow Your Own Grass Kits are available.