There’s a special kitty holiday coming up. April 24th is Hairball Awareness Day! We know, this one isn’t as fun as Hug Your Cat Day or Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. Hairballs are definitely not the best part of having a cat. However, they are quite common, so it’s important for people with cats to understand what they are and why they form. A La Mesa, CA vet discusses hairballs below.
Cats are very diligent about keeping themselves clean, which is one reason they’re such popular pets. Your furball will dutifully schedule in her daily grooming sessions, squeezing them in around 43 daily naps, 4 meals, and 3 play sessions. However, your pet will inevitably swallow some of her own fur while cleaning herself. You know what happens next. It’s not Fluffy’s cutest trick.
There are some things you can do to prevent or at least reduce Fluffy’s hairballs. Brushing your feline pal regularly can help quite a bit, as you’ll be grabbing that dead fur with a brush before she swallows it. Keeping your kitty indoors can also make a difference. Cats that go outside tend to shed more than those who don’t, as they’re more exposed to seasonal weather cycles. Another thing that is important is making sure your furry friend is eating a good, nutritious diet. This will keep your pet’s fur soft and shiny, reducing the amount of dead, frizzy fur she sheds. Finally, we have hairball prevention products. These are often recommended for long-haired kitties. Ask your vet for more information.
Hairballs are never fun for either you or Fluffy. However, sometimes they are more than a nuisance. Occasionally, kitties aren’t able to expel their hairballs. When this happens, the hairballs can potentially cause intestinal blockages, which are both painful and dangerous. If Fluffy starts dry heaving or throwing up blood, or just seems to have too many hairballs, call your vet.
It’s worth noting that some kitties seem to have a knack for leaving hairballs where they’re most likely to get stepped on. The jury is still out as to whether this is deliberate or not. However, cats do respond well to bribery. Offer Fluffy some catnip, and see if that helps!
Please contact us, your La Mesa, CA vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!