AUBRUN, KY. — ACANA® pet food, owned by Champion Petfoods, announced May 18 that the ACANA® Indoor Entrée for cats has received approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for hairball control. The FDA’s approval confirms that the cat food helps to control hairballs within cats and is the first FDA claim for ACANA and Champion Petfoods.

The functional ACANA Indoor Entrée is formulated with oat groats, Miscanthus grass, lentils, chickpeas and lentil fiber to provide an extra boost of fiber to help control hairballs. According to ACANA, because cats are self-groomers, they often ingest fur, which can accumulate and cause hairballs and vomiting that can prove harmful to their overall health and wellness.

"When a cat regurgitates a hairball, it can negatively impact their wellbeing and result in loss of nutrition, esophageal irritation, and other potential medical problems," said Darcia Kostiuk, DVM, in-house senior veterinarian at ACANA. "By increasing the fiber content, using oat groats, Miscanthus grass, lentils and chickpeas, ACANA Indoor Entrée improves food digestibility and aids in the reduction of feline hairball symptoms."

ACANA Indoor Entrée is developed specifically for indoor cats and is also formulated with chicken, turkey, herring and rabbit. The food is made without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. The food originally launched at Global Pet Expo 2020, in which ACANA and Champion Petfoods showcased the formula along with a slew of other products.

"Our team at ACANA is dedicated to helping cats thrive and receiving FDA approval for hairball control demonstrates our commitment to going above and beyond when it comes to food safety," said Billy Frey, director of ACANA Cat at Champion Petfoods. "Pet lovers value the health and wellbeing of their feline friends, and ACANA Indoor Entrée can support regular feline hairball control."

ACANA Indoor Entrée’s packaging now includes the FDA approval statement of “Helps control hairballs with fiber from oat groats, Miscanthus grass, lentils, chickpeas and lentil fiber.” The cat food is available at independent pet retailers, as well as Petco, Chewy and Amazon.

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