Friday, April 26, 2013

National Hairball Awareness Day - Some things to be aware of and possible remedies

Today is National Hairball Awareness Day!  Yay?  But anyways, hairballs are often the subject of jokes, but there is nothing funny when the cat may have a serious problem.  Does your cat have the occasional hairball once in a blue moon?  Probably not much to worry about.  Does your cat have frequent hairballs?  Probably need to talk to your vet about that.

Here are some tips from the ASPCA:
  • Brush your cat to decrease the amount of hair that is ingested. If he has long hair, try to brush him daily. Afterwards, wipe your cat with a clean cloth to remove any loose hairs.
  • Feed your pet commercial cat food specifically formulated to reduce hairballs. By improving skin and coat health, reducing shedding and increasing the amount of fiber in your cat’s diet, certain foods can decrease the formation of hairballs.
  • Give your cat a hairball remedy or lubricant, available at most pet supply stores, to encourage the passage of hair through the intestinal tract. Such products should be used as directed.
  • If your cat grooms himself excessively, give him a new toy or engage him in play to distract him from this activity. You will not only reduce the incidence of hairballs, but also spend some quality social time with your furry friend.
You could also try brushing with the FURminator.  We have one, works wonders on shedding.

FURminator Large Deshedding Tool for Long Haired Cats

FURminator Small Deshedding Tool for Short Haired Cats


Perhaps you would like to try a food for hairball control



                     







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