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Apr 28, 2010 - Hairballs in cats are not normal. A feline veterinarian takes a look at what really causes them, and how to prevent them.
I use coconut oil to prevent hairballs in my Persian cat. While hairballs are a ‘typical’ experience for many cats that does not mean it is normal or okay. Your cat should not be having hairballs frequently. Some cats are more prone to them than others, your cat’s coat, how much they self-groom, how much you groom the cat, diet, and organ function all play a role. Frequent hairballs may be a sign of internal problems. And while rare a severe hairballs can cause blockage which requires surgery or can be deadly.
There are a number of hairball remedies marketed to help control hairballs. Most of these are petroleum based and work by trying to lubricate the hairball, making it more likely to be passed normally through the intestinal tract. These may be effective for some cats but are not effective in all cases. Some veterinarians, however, believe that these remedies can actually be harmful and have no place in the treatment or prevention of hairballs. Discuss your cat’s situation with your own veterinarian before you begin administering any of these products.
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“Numerous cats, especially those with long hair, will occasionally vomit up hairballs and not show any clinical signs, which may be completely normal for your cat,” said Barr. “ If there seems to be an abnormal amount of hairballs produced, then steps should be taken to prevent the pet from ingesting large amounts of hair or to help the hair move through the GI tract before it accumulates together.Cats are notorious for spending most of their day grooming themselves. While all that licking leads to smooth, soft fur, it can also lead to a specific problem – hairballs. Every cat owner knows what is about to happen when their cat hunches over and starts to wheeze. But are hairballs an unavoidable part of being a cat owner or is there something you can do to prevent them? What many cat owners do not realize is that there are several simple things you can to do prevent hairballs, or at the very least reduce their frequency. Keep reading to learn more about wherme hairballs come from and how making changes to your cat’s diet could minimize their occurrence.“Numerous cats, especially those with long hair, will occasionally vomit up hairballs and not show any clinical signs, which may be completely normal for your cat,” said Barr. “ If there seems to be an abnormal amount of hairballs produced, then steps should be taken to prevent the pet from ingesting large amounts of hair or to help the hair move through the GI tract before it accumulates together.If you’re a cat owner, you’ve likely dealt with your cat coughing up hairballs. If your cat is struggling with a hairball, it can sound terrible and be distressing to you and your cat. So how do you prevent hairballs?