Print Why Make a Hairball Cat Food?

Most cats are susceptible to hairballs due to continual ingestion of hair during regular self-grooming. Eukanuba® nutritionists were looking for a way to control hairball formation while maintaining optimal feline health and well-being. They evaluated risk factors for hairball formation in cats fed diets that varied in fiber source and content.

  • Ninety-eight cats were studied.
  • Nine groups were fed test diets and three were fed control diets.
  • The test feeding period was six to seven weeks, following a five-week control-feeding period.
  • Total cat-days of testing = 9,968

These researchers found that feeding diets that contained a blend of beet pulp and cellulose was more effective at moving hair through the digestive tract, compared with the same diets containing beet pulp as the only fiber source.

  • There was an 80 to 100 percent increase in fecal hair excretion with beet pulp/cellulose-blend diets, compared with the beet-pulp-only diet.
  • By promoting the passage of hair ingested by the cat during normal self-grooming, an important risk factor for hairball formation is minimized.
  • Hairballs were not evident in cats fed the beet pulp/cellulose-blend diets.

How Do Our Hairball Cat Food Formulas Work?

The patent-pending fiber system (blend of beet pulp/cellulose) gently moves hair through the gastrointestinal tract while maintaining healthy digestion.

  • Beet pulp, a moderately fermentable fiber, promotes optimal intestinal health.
  • Cellulose helps to enhance the passage of ingested hair.

How Do Eukanuba Hairball Management Cat Foods Compare with Our Other Cat Foods?

Our hairball management formulas provide the same high-quality nutrition and taste as our other adult formulas, with the added benefit of reducing the risk of hairballs. Both provide high-quality nutrition for adult cats.

  • Similar feeding amounts as our other adult formulas
  • Excellent stool quality, skin and coat condition, and taurine status
  • Similar acceptability and palatability as our other adult formulas
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