National Hairball Awareness Day is observed annually on the last Friday in April. This day is listed as one of the Pet Health Awareness Events by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The formation of hairballs is a common condition in cats that is brought on by self-grooming and the associated ingestion of hair.
When your cat grooms himself, tiny hook-like structures on his tongue catch loose and dead hair, which is then swallowed. The majority of this hair passes all the way through the digestive tract with no problems. But if some hair stays in the stomach, it can form a hairball. Usually, your cat will vomit the hairball to get rid of it. Because hairballs pass through the narrow esophagus on the way out, they often appear thin and tube-like, rather than round.
Hairballs in cats are more likely to appear in long-haired breeds, such as Persians and Maine Coons. Cats that shed a lot or who groom themselves compulsively are also more likely to have hairballs, because they tend to swallow a lot of fur. You may have noticed that your cat didn’t have hairballs as a kitten, but developed them as she grew. This is quite normal — as cats get older they become more adept groomers and therefore more proficient at removing fur from their coats with their tongues, which means more hairballs for you to clean up
- Ongoing vomiting, gagging, retching, or hacking without producing a hairball
- Lack of appetite
Things You Can Do to Reduce Hairballs and Vomiting in Your Cat
Grooming, brushing or combing your cat will be your best defense against hairballs. Before you assume that your vomiting pet is vomiting because of hairballs, don’t forget that there are many, many diseases that can cause vomiting. Just because you find hair in your pet’s vomitus, does not mean that ‘it’s just a hair ball’. While this may be the case and Laxatone hairball remedy can help along with Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Hairball Control cat food provides precisely balanced nutrition to help avoid the formation of hairballs. It has a unique fiber technology to reduce hairballs formation by moving hair through your cat’s system. Its high quality ingredients make it ideal for every day feeding. We carry a wide variety of pet food and snacks at our locations and on our online pharmacy.
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