National Hairball Awareness Day

by Melissa R. on April 27, 2012

Hairball Awareness

Hairball Awareness

As an owner of three cats, I am aware of hairballs EVERYDAY! I think all cat owners know what I mean. My favorite is when you’ve just woken up, and are heading for the coffee maker when – splat – yep, that’s right. You just stepped on a hairball. Great way to start the day.

So, let’s talk about preventing this. Here are some tips, because we all want to be able to get our coffee in the morning without stepping in a hairball.

  1. Grooming: Brushing your cat is one of the best ways to get rid of the excess fur. Although your cats probably grooms themselves a lot, cats often appreciate the help of you! It is one of the best ways to alleviate hairball issues.
  2. Fiber: Try setting out some Cat Grass, or getting special food formulated for Hairball control that contains extra fiber.
  3. Laxatives: There are plenty of hairball remedies out there that help make it easier for potential hair to pass through your cat’s digestive system easier.
  4. Water: Try providing a water fountain for your cat, to encourage drinking more fresh water. This will also help aid in prevention of hairballs, and is just plain good for your cat!

On a serious note: It is normal for a cat to have hairballs occasionally. However, if they are frequent, and don’t seem to go away, dangerous problems can develop. Hairballs can block your cat’s intestinal tract, making it impossible for them to either vomit or eliminate. Hairballs are no laughing matter, so be sure to keep an eye on your pet if they are prone to them.

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About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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Martin Schiele May 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

I didn’t realise there was a national hairball awareness day. Cats are certainly very active in bringing the matter to my attention though.

Apparently there’s no better place than my lap to cough up a furball…

goldie January 11, 2015 at 1:17 am

hairballs can b a big problem, especially if u have a maine coone versus a shorthair cat, my maine coon had to b operated on for hairballs that got trapped in intestines, now on laxatone and hairball food.

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