Cats are meticulous groomers, and while regular brushing helps reduce the chances, hairballs can and still do happen.
Not too much makes you move faster than the sound of your pet about to puke, right?
Two simple ingredients that can help your cat with her hairballs are fiber and lubrication. The fiber will help bind and move along what’s in her tummy, and the oil will smooth the passage through.
Hairball Help for Your House Lion
- 1 1/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1/3 cup pumpkin1 canned
- 1 egg brown
- 3 tbsp flax2 ground
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp cat nip
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Set a sheet of parchment paper the size of your baking sheet to the side.
- In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients. Mix well.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and rest for 5 minutes.
- Unwrap dough; knead a few times. On parchment paper, roll dough out to 1/4” thickness. Stay within the confines of the parchment paper. You’ll be transferring it to your cookie sheet.
- Using a pizza cutter, start vertically or horizontally cutting narrow strips. You may need to wipe off the cutter occasionally if the dough starts sticking.
- When done, repeat the same process in the opposite direction. You should have a patchwork grid when finished. Don’t worry if the sticky bits get jumbled up. You’ll be breaking them apart later.
- Transfer the parchment paper onto your cookie sheet and place in oven.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove the cookie sheet and break up grid using a spatula or your oven-mitted hands. Spread the bits around evenly on the sheet and return to the oven.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Or bake for 10 minutes and turn off oven. Leave in oven for several hours or overnight.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
Feeding InstructionsIMPORTANT: Hairballs are normally harmless, but they can cause problems. Talk to your vet if your cat develops a swollen or hard belly or has difficulty pooping, attempts to vomit but nothing comes up, or repeated coughing.
Shelf-life & StorageKeep stored in airtight container in a cool, dry place. These treats will last 4-6 weeks3. Refrigerate for longer shelf-life. These can also be frozen for up to 3 months. If your cat doesn’t have teeth issues, there’s no reason you can’t give her a frozen nugget.
1 NOT pumpkin pie filling 2 If you have whole flaxseeds, just grind them up in a food processor. 3 The drier they are, the longer they will last. To dry them more after baking, you can either leave them in the oven for a few hours after you’ve turned it off, or dehydrate them.