My 9 mo old cat eating his hair. Why does he do that?

We brush him daily, sometimes twice in a day. He'll come to us b/c he likes to be brushed. So while he's grooming himself he will eat it afterwards. I've seen him do this a few times.

Why does he do this?

Asked by Truffles on Aug 7th 2009 in Bathing
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That is why they get hairballs. All cats ingest the hair they groom off of themselves. They groom by licking and it's not like they are going to just spit it out so they swallow it. You need to be sure you feed him a food with a good fiber content so he can digest the hair instead of hacking it back up in hairball form. And your frequent brushing is a bonus because that will help keep him from ingesting too much. But it is perfectly natural that he is eating what he grooms.

Allie answered on 8/7/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Self-grooming involves some hair ingestion. It is perfectly normal. It just happens. Their digestive systems are designed to either pass the hair mass or to make the kitty vomit it (and that's how you get hairballs, btw).

If you brush him twice a day, it's not likely that the hair will cause problems in the long run, but if you're worried, you could always give him an oral hairball preventive.

Gracie answered on 8/7/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer