Posted on: 29 August 2016
Although there are some hairless cat breeds out there, most cats have a lot of hair. So, it makes sense that they have adapted to spit up hairballs to cleanse their body of hair that they have licked up. But, if you have carpet through your entire home, you may notice that the hairballs can cause stains. It is a problem that you cannot keep from happening altogether, but you can make it better. Following a few tips that range from preventive measures to cleaning solutions will lead to the greatest results.
Switch to a Hairball Control Diet
One of the easiest things that you can do is to just start feeding your cats a different food. The type of food that will reduce the chance of hairballs occurring is called hairball control. Although all felines have the same internal systems, each one can act differently, which can determine the frequency of hairballs. Age and hair length also play a huge role in how often you are likely to see hairballs on the carpeting. The great thing about switching to a new diet is that there are no risks involved as it just increases fiber levels.
Get the Right Cat Brush
If you have multiple cats with different coat types, trying to use the same brush on all of them is not going to yield the same results. A slicker brush is perfect for removing loose, long hair while a dual-sided brush is preferable for cat breeds that have shorter hair. Using any brush in general will lead to fewer hairballs because some hair will come out every time you brush them, but you should aim for optimal results. So, building up a small brush collection and creating a daily routine of brushing your cats is ideal. It is even better when you are able to take your cats into a patio or garage where you can keep hair off the carpeting.
Create a Hairball Stain Cleaner
Hairballs can lead to stains on the carpet, and the unfortunate thing is that it can happen in the middle of the night when you are sleeping and in areas that may be hidden from the casual observer. An easy and natural cleaning solution option would be a mixture of two tablespoons of white vinegar and one pint of water.
If there are stains you cannot get out with any method, you should wait until you get professional cleaning. The best time to get this service is after you have switched their diets and started brushing them frequently.
With these three methods, you should be able to keep hairball damage to a minimum. Keeping up with routine carpet cleaning will make sure your carpet always looks good and lasts for many years.Share