After rising at an EARLY hour earlier this week, I stumbled out of bed and landed my left foot in a beautiful, sloppy hairball left behind from one of our beloved cats.
No two ways about it: Hairballs in cats are unpleasant. And they’re not just disagreeable for the person who has to clean them up — they can cause intestinal blockages, which can be a serious health problem, for your cat. It’s a given that your cat is going to groom herself, so what can you do to keep hairballs to a minimum?
Well… we probably should define what a hairball actually is first. When your cat grooms himself, tiny hook-like structures on his tongue catch loose and dead hair, which is then swallowed. The majority of this hair passes all the way through the digestive tract with no problems. But if some hair stays in the stomach, it can form a hairball. Ultimately, your cat will vomit the hairball to get rid of it. Because hairballs pass through the narrow esophagus on the way out, they often appear thin and tubelike, rather than round.
There is no magic cure for hairballs. Nothing can be done to totally prevent hairballs in cats, but there are things you can do to reduce the likelihood your cat will have hairballs or reduce their frequency.
1. Groom your cat regularly.
2. Feed your cat a specialized, hairball control, cat food.
3. Use a hairball product or laxative.
4. Discourage excess grooming.
Call us today at (614)888-4050 for more details and information on how to help your cat control the discomfort associated with hairballs… and how to possibly preserve your carpet!