Hairballs are nasty. They clog and stink and they are inevitable. They can cause problems. However the frequency can be reduced
Usually a cat’s anatomy allows for fur to pass through the system, however sometimes this does not happen. Feline Trichobezoars is the scientific name for this common situation. It is caused when the cat grooms itself and in the procedure swallows the fur. These pieces of the coat clump together and are vomited in an elongated mass.
While short haired cats do get hairballs, long haired cats are especially prone to this condition. One of the primary preventions for this situation is daily grooming. This will take the excess fur off of your cat and help maintain a healthy coat.
There are home remedies for hairballs and most contain petroleum jelly, which many individuals feel harmful to the system because it robs the body of fat soluble vitamins. It is advisable to consult your veterinarian or animal healer.
In severe situations the hairball cannot be regurgitated resulting in the blockage of the lower digestive tract causing infection and could lead to death. Some of the telltale signs of a problem are blood in the urine, your cat not using the litter box and unusual behavior.
No matter the size of the cat hairballs are nasty. Milwaukee cat owners can keep hairballs down to a minimum with daily grooming.