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4 Ways to Prevent Hairballs

Did you know that April 27th is Hairball Awareness Day? It’s also National Tell A Story Day. However, while stories are much more fun to talk about than hairballs, we’ll stick to what’s in our wheelhouse. Hairballs are no more fun for Fluffy then they are for you! However, while they aren’t uncommon, they can occasionally cause serious problems for kitties. Read on as an Aurora, CO vet lists some ways to prevent hairballs.

Brushing

The best thing you can do to prevent hairballs is to brush your cat regularly. The more hair you trap with a brush, the less your feline buddy will swallow! Pick a time when Fluffy is feeling relaxed. (Given that cats spend the majority of their time sleeping, this probably won’t be too hard.) Settle down with your kitty in your lap, and start petting her gently, going in the direction of her fur. Then, start incorporating the brush. Offer your furry pal cuddles, praise, and treats, so she knows she’s being pampered, not punished. When your cat has had enough, just let her go.

Keep Kitty In

Did you know that outdoor cats often shed more than indoor ones? That’s because kitties that are allowed outside are more exposed to the seasonal weather changes that trigger shedding cycles. Keeping your feline pal indoors can help reduce shedding, and therefore, hairballs. Plus, Fluffy will be both healthier and safer as an indoor pet!

Good Diet

Make sure your kitty is getting a good, high-quality pet food. This will help keep her coat soft and shiny. This will reduce the amount of fur she sheds, which will, in turn, reduce the amount of hairballs she produces. Ask your vet for nutritional advice.

Hairball Remedy

As the name suggests, hairball remedies are specifically formulated to reduce and/or prevent hairballs. Kitties that are heavy shedders, and those with long hair, may need to stay on hairball prevention products year-round. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Tips

Occasionally hairballs can cause problems. If Fluffy can’t expel her hairballs, she could end up with an intestinal blockage. This is very dangerous! If you notice your kitty producing an excessive amount of hairballs, having trouble throwing up, or vomiting frequently, call your vet immediately.

Please contact us, your Aurora, CO pet clinic, with any questions or concerns about cat care and/or hairballs. We’re here to help!

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