Hairballs & Cats: Why do they have them and how can we help?

Hairballs and Cats

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The Hairy Mess of Hairballs

Cats love to bathe themselves and it’s no surprise that their rough tongues are, in part, built to groom. A lot of the the hair their tongues pick up are easily digested, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes the hair builds up in their stomachs which means hairballs can form, especially in long hair cats. Although, it is not entirely possible to prevent hairballs in cats, there are several things you can do to help.

Groom your cat regularly

Grooming your cat with a good brush on a regular basis goes a long way in preventing hair balls. When you take the accumulating hair off their coats, the amount of hair they ingested is decreased dramatically.

Get hair ball formulated food and feed them more oil based fish

High fiber & oily foods can both discourage shedding and help hair pass through their digestive system. It also helps to feed them extra oily tuna or even sardines to help coat their insides to make hair move easily when ingested. There are actually quite a few home remedies, check them out here: 12 Surprising Home Cures for Hairballs.

Talk to your vet

If your cat is experiencing re-occurring vomiting or gagging/retching without producing anything then they may have a lodged ball of fur. Usually cats can eliminate hairballs through vomiting, but sometimes they build up too big you may need to talk to your vet if you’re concerned about it.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact us for any hairball help or questions you have about your cat’s health, we are always here to help!

 

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