Prevention Of Hairballs In Cats
Cats groom themselves with their rough tongues, in part to rid their coats of loose hairs, some of which get swallowed.
Usually it just passes though their digestive tract, but hair may collect in their stomachs or intestines. Your cat then vomits up that mass of matted hair, known scientifically as a “trichobezoar,” to clear it from their system.
Cats who shed a lot, groom often, or have long hair are at a heightened risk of developing hairballs.
Any condition that leads to excessive grooming, such as skin conditions, allergies, or flea infestations, can also lead to an increase in hairballs.
Since your cat isn’t likely to stop grooming or shedding, you probably won’t be able to prevent hairballs entirely
👉Brush your cat frequently. Less loose hair to swallow means fewer hairballs. Your cat might even grow to find this is good bonding time with you.
👉Occasional trips to the groomer, especially for long-haired cats, may be another option.
👉Change your cat’s diet. Some varieties of cat food contain ingredients that focus on improving skin and coat health to help reduce shedding and often add fiber to stimulate cleansing of the bowels.
👉Give your cat plenty of water. More water won’t cure hairballs, but it’s essential to keeping your cat’s digestive tract running in top shape, so make sure they’re getting enough.
👉Get your cat a toy. New toys can help distract them from excessive grooming—and get them more stimulation and exercise. Exercise aids general health, which may help your cat’s system work a little smoother, too.
Does your cat ever get hairballs? What do you do to help your kitty? Let us know in the comments below!
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