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Author: Dr. Juon Abbass | DVM M.Phil PhD (veterinary microbiology) | February 6,2022

HAIRBALL FORMATION IN CATS; INTERESTING FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Cats are lovable creatures. Every cat owner wants to see his/her cats enjoying good health. Many cat owners ask about the “hairballs in cats” along with the other related facts. In this blog, we are going to discuss “why hairballs form in cats” under the light of scientific literature and general field experience.

WHAT ARE HAIRBALLS?

Hairballs are a collection of fur or hair that forms in the stomach of the cat. In simple words, this is the by-product of the normal grooming routine of a cat. Some cats easily pass the hairballs through their feces. However, for some cats hairballs can cause serious problems.

WHICH BREEDS ARE PRONE TO FORM HAIRBALLS?

Generally, hairballs are normal in every cat. However long hair breeds are more prone to form hairballs. For instance, Persian cats and Maine coon cats because these cats are considered obsessive groomers. They tend to swallow lots of fur and hair and are likely to have hairballs.

HOW DO CATS GET RID OF HAIRBALLS?

Cats swallow hair/fur and pass them through feces. Some cats also get rid of hairballs through vomiting. These two ways are considered normal to get rid of stuck hair in the stomach

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAIRBALL FORMATION IN CATS?

Hairballs can put your cat in trouble. A cat may show several signs and symptoms. Here we have summarized a few signs.

1. Vomiting

2. Constipation (If hairball stuck inside the bowl)

3. Lack of appetite

4. Lethargy

5. Retching, gagging, and hacking.

Note: Hairball can cause blockage in your cat’s digestive system. If you observe serious signs in your cat, do contact your veterinarian immediately.

HOW CAN I STOP HAIRBALL FORMATION IN MY CAT?

There are different methods to reduce the likelihood of hairball formation in cats. Here, we are going to discuss some important remedies.

1. Regularly groom your beloved feline buddy. This thing will greatly reduce of the likelihood of hairball formation in your cat.

2. Use a vet-recommended hairball product/laxative. These products help in the effective passage of hairball through the feces.

3. Offer your feline buddy a specialized hairball diet. There are different hairballs reducing diets available in the market. These specialized formulas help in the reduction of hair shedding and facilitate the effective removal of hairballs via feces. You can discuss this thing with a certified pet nutritionist.

4. Train your cat to not rigorously groom herself. Some cats have habits to excessively grooming themselves and licking their coats. This habit can be discouraged with the help of proper training sessions. You can also engage your cat in some other interesting activities i-e mental enrichment activities, attractive toys, etc.

ARE HAIRBALLS PAINFUL FOR CATS?

Yes, occasionally hairballs become painful for cats. For instance, when hairballs block the esophagus of the cat, it causes discomfort and throat pain. The hairballs also cause bowel pain when they are stuck inside the intestine.

QUICK SOLUTION:

A teaspoon of flax oil/safflower oil/fish oil added to the cat’s meal can help in the effective passing of the hairball through your cat’s digestive system.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Hairballs are considered the unsavory by-product of your cat’s routine grooming. These are not harmful only if your cat passes them through the vomit or feces. However, hairballs can block the digestive system of your beloved feline buddy and can put her into trouble. If you observe any alarming signs in your cat, contact your vet as early as possible

REFERENCES

Cannon, M., 2013. Hair balls in cats: a normal nuisance or a sign that something is wrong?. Journal of feline medicine and surgery, 15(1), pp.21-29. Donadelli, R.A. and Aldrich, C.G., 2020. The effects of diets varying in fibre sources on nutrient utilization, stool quality and hairball management in cats. Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition, 104(2), pp.715-724. Dann, J.R., Adler, M.A., Duffy, K.L. and Giffard, C.J., 2004. A potential nutritional prophylactic for the reduction of feline hairball symptoms. The Journal of nutrition, 134(8), pp.2124S-2125S.

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