April 26 is National Hairball Awareness Day: What You Need to Know
It’s no secret cats shed, but are you aware of the causes and dangers of hairballs? “Because cats groom themselves with their tongues, they naturally ingest some hair in the process,” says veterinarian Shelby Neely, also known as “The Cat Doctor.”
According to Dr. Neely, most of the hair will pass though the intestinal tract, but some remains in the stomach. Over time, as more is added, a hairball develops as the hair becomes dampened by bile and other digestive fluids. “Fortunately, by reducing the amount of hair your cat ingests, hairballs can be prevented.”
Below are signs and symptoms of hairballs in cats and when you should seek veterinarian attention:
- Ongoing vomiting, gagging, retching or hacking without producing a hairball
- Lack of appetite
One simple way to help prevent hairballs in cats is to groom your furry friend regularly. For your go-to grooming solution, use FURminator® deShedding Tools for cats! The deShedding tools, available for cats with long or short hair, are easy-to-use and effectively reduce hairballs – keeping your cat healthier and happier.
Remember every loose hair brushed is one less to swallow.