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Hairball Awareness Day

Did you know there’s a special kitty holiday coming up? April 27th is Hairball Awareness Day! It’s also Prime Rib Day and National Pay It Forward Day. While those may be more fun to talk about, hairballs are on the agenda for this article. Hairballs are no fun, either for kitties or their humans, but they can be much more than just an unsightly nuisance. In certain cases, hairballs can be very dangerous for our feline pals! Read on as an East Dallas, TX vet discusses hairballs.

What Hairballs Are

Kitties take their beauty regimens very seriously. Fluffy may spend hours grooming her fur to keep it clean and neat. During this process, your cute pet will inevitably swallow some fur. Cats cannot digest their own hair, so, well, you know what happens next. It’s not pretty.

Preventing Hairballs

A few simple precautions can greatly reduce the chances of your pet getting hairballs, or, at the very least, lessen the number of hairballs she gets. Brushing Fluffy daily will help quite a bit, as you’ll be trapping that dead fur in a brush before she can swallow it. You’ll also find less fur stuck to your clothes and furniture! Keeping your kitty indoors will help as well. Cats that go outdoors tend to grow thicker winter coats than indoor furballs. This means more shedding, which in turn means more hairballs. It’s also very important to feed your pet a good, nourishing diet that contains Omega 3 and 6 oils. This will keep her fur shiny and healthy, and will reduce the amount of dead, dry fur she sheds. Last but not least, ask your vet about using hairball prevention products. This is definitely recommended for longhaired kitties.

Warning Signs

On occasion, cats are not able to expel their hairballs. This can be very dangerous, as hairballs can cause intestinal blockages. Dry heaving is one sign of trouble. Excessive and/or frequent vomiting are more warning signs. You’ll also want to watch for general signs that Fluffy isn’t feeling well, such as hiding, poor grooming, and unusual vocalizations. Call your vet right away if you notice any of these red flags. The sooner an issue is diagnosed and treated, the better!

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local East Dallas, TX pet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!

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