We have seen and heard over and over all the benefits of coconut oil in our diets and on for our skin. All of the health benefits for humans can also be received by cats and dogs. There are many uses both internally and topically for our pets. Coconut oil as a hairball remedy is my new favorite use.
I use coconut oil to prevent hairballs in my Persian cat. While hairballs are a ‘typical’ experience for many cats that does not mean it is normal or okay. Your cat should not be having hairballs frequently. Some cats are more prone to them than others, your cat’s coat, how much they self-groom, how much you groom the cat, diet, and organ function all play a role. Frequent hairballs may be a sign of internal problems. And while rare a severe hairballs can cause blockage which requires surgery or can be deadly.
I give my cat about half a teaspoon of coconut oil about 2-3 times a week. He loves it and eats it directly off the spoon. You could put it directly on the food as well. Since starting this routine he has not had one hairball where before he would have 1 or 2 a month.
– balances good to bad bacteria in the GI track
– used to administer medication
– treat dry flaky skin
– great for pets with allergies
– increases metabolism and energy
– cuts (promotes wound healing)
– elbow pads
– dry noses
– cracked feet pads, especially in winter
Watch my favorite Holistic Vet Dr. Karen Becker discuss the many health benefits and uses of coconut oil for your dogs and cats.
Dr. Becker recommended dosage: 1 teaspoon for every 10-15 pounds of body weight.
Alternatively, pumpkin can be used as a hairball remedy as well.
Do you use coconut oil with your pets? Please leave your experience in the comments below. :-)