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Cats commonly develop hairballs that them and make us none too happy when we find them on the floor. Hairballs are, as their name implies, accumulations of hair that has been swallowed with or excessive licking. Though generally considered a cat condition, other animals, including humans, can be affected.
As cats groom themselves, they swallow a lot of the dead that has come loose. This indigestible hair passes down their throats and into the . Most of this hair eventually passes through the cat’s digestive tract and then through the stools, but some of it remains in the stomach and gradually accumulates into a wet clump—the hairball.
Because cats groom so much, it is not uncommon for cats to “cough up a hairball” as often as weekly. They are generally rather small (
Hairballs tend to begin with the sound of a cough that is followed by retching and gagging and then followed by expelling a cylindrical mass of hair.
It is very difficult to differentiate the coughing and gagging associated with a hairball from coughing associated with primary lung or .
can also look a lot like coughing and may or may not be associated with a .
Long hair have a greater tendency to form hairballs, as do younger cats. Some cats that are prone to skin problems and excessive grooming may have more problems with hairball formation. In some cases, frequent vomiting of hairballs may indicate an underlying gastrointestinal problem, such as .
Brush and comb your cat frequently to remove hair that will otherwise be ingested. When you get a , start getting her . If your cat is a long hair cat and does not allow daily combing, it may be necessary to have her shaved regularly.
Administer a hairball remedy if necessary. Do not attempt to use mineral oil as there is a risk of aspiration. Petroleum jelly is effective if the cat will tolerate it. If not, there are a number of more palatable petroleum jelly based products that most cats find appealing.
Cat that have increased fiber content to facilitate the passing of hairballs and omega-6 fatty acids to enhance skin health may also be beneficial.
A large clump of ingested hair can block a cat’s intestinal tract. Head to Tail Hairball for cats is a breakthrough formula to support optimal skin and hair health, including tone, elasticity, and follicle health. This formula does not contain mineral oil, which can disrupt normal bodily processes (like digestion and hydration) in cats. By giving your cat just one chicken liver- flavored chew a day, you can take a proactive approach to hairballs, which is especially important with long-haired breeds.
Cat/Feline Hairballs and Its Remedy
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A third strategy is to feed a small amount of some commercial hairball formula. Typically it is a vaseline or mineral oil type base that is flavoured. A small amount is squeezed out of the tube and placed on the cats paw or nose. The cats licks it off and the lubrication helps pass the hair. Vaseline and Mineral oil based solutions can interfere with vitamin A, so if you use this regularly add a supplement to kitty's diet. These products act as mild laxatives and speed things along.Hairball treats provide another option for lubricating your cat’s digestive system. They’re an especially clever option for cats that resist eating a hairball remedy from a tube. Hairball treats usually have a crunchy outer shell and a gooey inside made with mineral oil. Your cat has to eat a lot of these every day (usually around 15) or they won’t be effective. While your cat probably won’t mind this, it’s not a good idea if he has a weight problem. to help with kitty.