Cat Hairballs also known as “furball” is the most familiar health problem for cats
Cat Hairballs is a very common problem for your furry friend. On a daily basis, every single cat grooms him or herself, using its tongue and swallows the loose hair that comes from their fur. From time to time, this loose hair will gather into a ball and become stuck in the digestive tract instead of passing through in your cats stool.
You’ve probably seen a furball, it's those sausage-shaped masses on the floor or carpet. Although it can be rather disgusting and worrisome, in the end, most cats can get out furballs without any problems. This is usually when you hear your cat make those awful coughing, vomiting, and hacking sounds and noises. It is just your cat’s way of coughing up that furball.
You can also give a weekly remedy for hairballs; it is a combination of petroleum jelly flavored with malt or tuna. It usually comes in tubes like toothpaste. This acts as an effective lubricant and will help your cat cough up the furball. Most cats like the taste and will lick it off your finger or spoon. Some don’t and a good trick is to put some of the remedy on their nose or chin, they will eventually lick it off.
Sometimes, the furball can pass through to a cat’s intestine, creating a blockage. This is a very serious problem, and can be life threatening for a cat, if not treated.
Some signs are when your cat becomes constipated, isn’t eating properly, or has a very dull fur; your cat could have a blockage. If you notice any of these symptoms, immediately take your cat to the Vet.
A preventative method for furballs and blockages is by just brushing your cat 2 to 3 times a week to remove loose hair. As well as feeding your cat food that is designed to control this problem.
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