Hairball Awareness Day

Did you know that April 27th is Hairball Awareness Day? We know, it’s probably more fun to read about Hug Your Cat Day or Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, hairballs are on the agenda for today’s post. Hairballs are definitely not the best part of having a kitty. However, as a good pet parent, it’s important for you to be able spot warning signs that could indicate medical issues. Here, a Rochester, NY vet discusses hairballs.

Hairball Basics

One great thing about cats is the fact that they are so diligent about keeping themselves clean. Your kitty will spend several hours a day grooming herself. During this process, your feline buddy will inevitably swallow some of her own fur. Cats are not able to digest their own hair, so they expel them as hairballs. (We know, not one of Fluffy’s cuter tricks.)

Prevention

Did you know that brushing Fluffy regularly can reduce the amount of hairballs she produces? This makes perfect sense, as you’ll be capturing dead hair with a brush before your pet swallows it. Another thing that can help is keeping your feline pal indoors. Outdoor cats tend to shed more, because they are exposed to seasonal weather fluctuations that trigger shedding cycles. Good nutrition is also important. If your kitty is getting proper nourishment, her coat will be soft and shiny, and she won’t have as much dry, dead fur to shed. Last but not least, hairball prevention products can also be beneficial. Ask your vet for specific advice on using these.

Placement

Have you ever noticed that your furry buddy has a habit of leaving hairballs in the most inconvenient spots possible? Fluffy will probably never admit whether or not this is deliberate. However, it is possible that this is your kitty’s way of trying to get your attention, and let you know she isn’t feeling well.

Tips

Sometimes cats are not able to expel their hairballs. This can lead to some very dangerous medical issues! One thing to watch for is difficulty throwing up. If fluffy seems to be dry heaving, she may be having trouble with hairballs. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for excessive vomiting. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these warning signs.

Please contact us, your local Rochester, NY pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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