April 24th is Hairball Awareness Day. We know, this isn’t the cutest kitty holiday on the calendar. It’s much more fun to celebrate Cat World Domination Day or Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. Although hairballs are more or less ‘purr’ for the course with our feline pals, they certainly aren’t fun for either you or Fluffy. We’re here to help! Here, a Lewisville, TX vet lists some ways to prevent—or at least reduce—the amount of hairballs your cat gets.
Brushing your furball regularly can definitely help prevent hairballs. Basically, you’ll be removing dead fur, dust, and dander from your furry pal’s coat before she swallows it. Pick a time when your kitty is feeling relaxed and (hopefully) a bit cuddly. Incorporate lots of praise and ear scritches, and perhaps a few treats. When Fluffy decides she’s had enough, just let her go. If you try to hold her down, you may very well get scratched!
Keep Kitty In
There are many reasons to keep Fluffy safe and sound indoors. You’ll not only be protecting her from the dangers posed by cars, weather, predators, and wild animals, but you’ll also be helping prevent hairballs. That’s because cats who are allowed outside are more exposed to seasonal changes that trigger shedding cycles.
Proper nutrition is a cornerstone of any good pet care routine. It will not only keep your kitty healthy, it’s also great for her coat. If Fluffy is getting great nutrition, her fur will be softer and shinier, and she’ll have less dead, frizzy hair to shed and/or swallow.
Fleas and ticks can make kitties terribly itchy. Fluffy may over-groom herself to seek relief. If this happens, she may ingest more fur than usual. This translates to more furballs.
We probably don’t need to explain this one too much: the name pretty much says it all. These are often recommended for long-haired kitties. Ask your vet for product recommendations.
Hairballs are never pleasant, but sometimes they are more serious than one may think. Occasionally, that hair gets lodged in cats’ intestines. This is very dangerous! Call your vet immediately if you notice any red flags, such as dry heaving, bloody vomit, or excessive vomiting.
Do you have questions about hairballs? Please contact us, your Lewisville, TX vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.