Today is Hairball Awareness Day. Yes, that’s a thing.
For all you cat lovers out there, I’m sure you don’t need to be made aware of the surprises your cat leaves. This day isn’t to celebrate hairballs, it’s about making cat owners aware of the causes, when the hairball is due to normal grooming, and when it’s time to call your vet.
In some cases, hairballs can be signs of more serious health issues. Read on to find out when hairballs are normal and when you should begin to worry.
Time to Call your Vet
Cats spend a lot of time grooming themselves, so don’t worry if your cat has a hairball every now and then. Most of the time, hair goes in and comes back out, and this is normal. Every once in a while some hair gets caught in their stomach and starts to build up and cause your cat discomfort. If you see your cat start to gag, retch or vomit without producing a hairball, lose his appetite, have diarrhea or constipation, or becomes lethargic, it’s time to call the vet.
Healthy Grooming Practices
Grooming your cat regularly can help reduce the amount of hairballs you find, and your kitty will appreciate it. Your cat doesn’t like having hairballs any more than you like cleaning them up.
Now if your cat is like mine, grooming may be a challenge. My cat won’t let me get him near the bath tub, but he will allow me to brush him with the Furminator. If you don’t already have one, I would highly recommend it. They have different brushes to best suite your cat. It really gets a good amount of hair off, and I think mine really enjoys it. And the best part? No hairballs.
Stress in the Household
Some cats produce more hairballs when they’re stressed out. If you’ve noticed your cat having more than normal, this could be the cause. If your household routine has changed or you’ve added another family member (two or four legged) this could also stress your cat while they adjust. Try making your cat feel comfortable and ensure he has plenty of attention.
Having a healthy and happy cat is the most important thing, so if your kitty has a few hairballs every now and then they’re probably okay.