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We have always had long haired cats, ever since I was a child. One of them suffered a lot with hairballs so when our vet recommended this about 7 years ago now my Mum immediately went out and bought some and we have used it ever since, with the cat who had the problem (who has now sadly passed away) and our other cat who is now 13.
==What is it?==
Science Plan is a brand of cat food from Hills. The Hairball Control variety is specially formulated to help reduce hairballs. The biscuits are chicken flavour and you can buy either for cats (up to age 7) or senior cats (over 7). We have used both in the past but are now using the senior version.
==What does it look like?==
The food is a biscuit/kibble type. Each biscuit is about 0.5cm and my cat finds it an easy size to eat. It is a light brown in colour.
==How to feed it to your cat==
You should give this to your cat every day. However, if you are only just introducing it it should be introduced gradually over 4 days.
It depends on your cats size how much you should feed them:
Small (2-3kg) 30-55grams
Medium (4kg) 50-70grams
Large (5kg+) 60-95grams
You must ensure fresh drinking water is available at all times and it is suggested this is a complete cat food meaning therefore that you do not need to give them any other food alongside it, however we always give our cat something like Felix or Whiskas pouches too because he doesn't eat a lot so then he has the variety if he wants it.
==Does my cat like it?==
Yes, both cats we have fed this have appeared to really like it. At the moment we currently have 2 other cats from our neighbourhood who also feel the need to come in and eat it daily so it must be very popular!
==Does it help with fur balls?==
Yes, our old cats hairballs really decreased when we started feeding him this and our current cat rarely gets hairballs (maybe 3 or 4 a year) despite having very long and thick hair.
==Ingredients and Analysis==
Chicken (min. Chicken 30%; min. Chicken and Turkey Combined 50%): Dehydrated Chicken and Turkey Protein, Ground Maize, Maize Gluten Meal, Animal Fat, Ground Rice, Cellulose, Digest, Dehydrated Tuna Protein, Vegetable Oil, Soybean Mill Run, Potassium Citrate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Dl-Methionine, Dried Yeast, Taurine, Vitamins and Trace Elements. Naturally Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Citric Acid and Rosemary Extract.
Moisture 8%, Protein 31.6%, Oils and Fats 18.4%, Fibre 7.8%, Ash 2.62%.
==Price and Availabilty==
We used to buy this from our vets but have since found it in various pet stores including Pets at Home who currently have a 3 for 2 offer on. A 1.5kg bag costs £13.29. I appreciate this is a lot for some cat food but this lasts us about 2 and a half to 3 weeks.
This is a good quality cat food and we will continue to buy it. It does help prevent hair balls and my cat likes the taste and he is usually very very fussy! The only negative is that it is quite smelly.