Many cats love to be brushed, and if your cat is one of them, you are all set! This might be the only hairball remedy you'll need.
While rooming with a brilliant feline practitioner at a medical conference shortly after, still grieving, I confessed my frustration with the seemingly insignificant problem of hairballs. Her answer blew me away. There is no such thing as “just a hairball,” she says to me. Think about it. Cats developed stringent grooming behaviors in the course of evolution because grooming is a positive survival factor, probably through controlling parasitism and other diseases. So they are going to ingest a lot of hair. Does vomiting as a daily method for expelling this hair seem evolutionarily sound? Stomach acid hurts the esophagus and teeth, and frequent vomiting upsets the electrolyte balance. While vomiting as an emergency mechanism to rid oneself of the occasional nastiness seems reasonable, it seems unlikely that the daily vomiting of hairballs is the “normal” thing that the medical community has assumed it to be.
I have had my cat NANA for over 5 years and she has never had hairballs, i was wondering if that was a problem but she is in great health, fat and lazy. But we love her and she gets along great with our 2 female Pomeranian dogs , she also is a female cat. She is a great cat who kills spiders and bugs that find their way in our home. But i was wondering if no hairballs normal? But i see she is a healthy cat.
Feed Your Cat “Hairball Formula” Foods
Cats that are More Likely to Have Hairballs
Are you worried about cat hairballs? If your cat is coughing, hacking, and if you find your cat vomiting more than occasionally, chances are good that he might is suffering from hairballs. The more fur a cat has, the higher the chance he will be plagued by hairballs.Maine Coon cats, and other long or medium-haired cats, are prone to hairballs. How does this happen? They are very clean and tidy animals. They groom themselves meticulously. Watching a Maine Coon groom himself, you may think "There's no way he's going to get all that fur!"Cat hairballs are more than a nuisance! They result in worry (for us), discomfort (for him), and cat vomiting (yuck!). (The next page, is full of advice on eliminating hairballs in cats.)They look just like poops a lot of the time! So before you assume she's taken on some bad litter box behavior, consider cat hairballs as the culprit. They are long, tubular, wet, gross things.And you'd be right. These cats really do need a bit of assistance in the grooming department. If left to their own devices, they will end up matted right down to the skin, and throwing up hairballs on your favorite rugs regularly. A hairball is a small wad of fur formed in the stomach of animals. When it reaches a certain size it is vomited up. Hairballs are mostly tight elongated cylinders of packed felted fur. Food is often mixed in the hairball. Cats are especially prone to hairball formation since they spend a great deal of time licking and ingesting their fur.