Spokane Cat Club member, Jessica Zimmerman’s cat, Angela, intermittent actions caused her alarm. The 2-year-old tuxedo seemed content and in good health for the most part, but every once in a while would blast-off into a hacking episode and then up chuck. Sometimes, there would just be a wee bit of mucus and other times, a tube-shaped mass of black and white fur…
When taken to the vet, Angela was diagnosed with hairballs. Hairballs are clumps of fur that build up as part of your cat’s normal grooming progression. As your cat licks her fur, he/she swallows some of it. In the main, the fur will pass through his/her stool or he/she will vomit it up in the form of a hairball.
It is common for cats to have the sporadic hairball, but it is possible for hairballs to become impacted and block the intestinal tract. When this happens, surgery is sometimes requisite to remove the blockage.
Indicators of hairballs consist of coughing, loss of appetite, gagging, constipation and the vomiting of mucus and fur. Hairballs are frequently tubular in shape.
Cats with longer, luxurious coats and the persnickety groomers can undergo more problems with hairballs.
The premium cat foods, high in fiber can aid in helping your cat pass present hairballs and also keep new ones from forming. The fiber-rich food helps move the fur through the gastrointestinal tract where it is dropped in the stool. Select foods that contain at least 5-10% fiber. Remember that fiber-rich foods may cause your cat to use the litter box more often.
Growing healthy coats also helps prevent hairballs. Premium food high in quality ingredients, vitamins and nutrients and fatty acids, are crucial in growing healthy coats that are less likely to breakage and hair loss,
Combine a diet of quality cat food along with customary grooming, especially during spring and summer when shedding is more recurrent, to help cut the incidents of hairballs in your cat.
If you think your cat is experiencing hairballs or you are interested in switching your cat’s diet to one formulated to control hairballs, check with your veterinarian. There are many cat foods on the market custom made for this common problem.
Supplying your cat with recurring doses of hairball remedy can also help treat hairballs. These treatments come in tube resembling toothpaste, and come in diverse, appetizing flavors. These remedies work as an internal lubricant to help thwart hairballs from materializing.
There is also an assortment of hairball treats on the market that include hairball lubricant or mineral oil to help prevent and treat hairballs