Hairballs in Cats

Revival Animal Health                                                                    

If you own a cat, you understand how serious cats are about thoroughly grooming themselves. One drawback of a cat’s meticulous grooming habits is the formation of hairballs in the digestive tract.

Causes

Cats in the wild eat birds and other small animals, and they often ingest the bones of these small animals. Hairballs have the important job of covering the ends of these bones so they won’t puncture the cat’s intestine. In captivity, we need to prevent hairballs, especially in long-haired cats.

When cats groom, they inevitably swallow hair, which accumulates in the stomach. This hair is supposed to pass uneventfully in the feces, but when the fur gathers into a clump too big to pass through the intestines, the cat regurgitates the hairball.

There are certain factors that increase a cat’s chances of vomiting hairballs. Long-haired cats, excessive groomers, and cats that groom other cats increase their difficulty with hairballs.

Symptoms

Symptoms associated with hairballs may include retching, constipation, and loss of appetite.

Prevention

The best way to prevent hairballs is to brush your cat’s hair as often as possible. If you brush out your cat’s loose hair, then he won’t swallow it while he is grooming.

Administering a preventive gel or soft chew that lubricates the ingested hair and aid its passage through the gastrointestinal tract is usually beneficial. Hairball Remedy removes and prevents hairballs by gently lubricating hairballs to pass through the intestinal tract.

Using a fatty acid supplement will reduce your cat’s shedding, which will help to prevent hairballs. Missing Link Ultimate Feline Formula or Tri Omega 3 are fatty acid supplements that will help improve the skin and hair coat quality and slow excessive shedding.                                                                                                                                                                           

 

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I have often heard pet parents of cats complain about the “hairball” issue.   Funny but I never had indoor cats so I never knew what a hairball looked like.    Then I saw one at my friend’s house and yuk!   Not anything that I want to see again.    this article definitely gives suggestions to help reduce the incidence of hairballs in your kitties. 

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