So, What's Up with Hairballs?

Jul 13th 2012  |   2 Contributions

Debbie asks: "What’s up with hairballs? What methods do you recommend to control them?"

In college, I knew a guy who used to do impressions of a cat puking while holding chocolate pudding in his mouth. I don’t know what happened to him, but that image has burned in my brain. After that, witnessing my own pets’ purging is easy.

Hairballs are super common for kitties, and you shouldn’t fret too much unless the puking is accompanied by weight loss and diarrhea. If nothing comes up while Griddles is hacking and coughing, there could be an obstruction. That calls for a vet!

You can cut down on run-of-the-mill trichobezoars (fancy hairball term, right?) with a daily brushing, especially in the longhaired cat breeds. Also look into special kibbles designed to maintain digestive tract health. Cat grass can give Griddles an added fiber boost too.

Hey at least they give us an audible warning when the 'ball gets rolling. If you’re attuned to the sound, you have a better chance of saving the bedspread!

"Hairball: You'll Hear My Call" by Sarah Donner

Lyrics:

I like to like I like to groom
But when my tummy runs out of room
And food needs real estate
I get the need, I get the urge
To arch my back and start to purge
I dramatically regurgitate

A hairball is no fun at all
Deep from the depths I can recall
A hairball I cannot stall
When it is ready you’ll hear my call

Excessive hack, excessive cough
Diarrhea and weight loss
Means take me to a vet
Brush out my coat, feed me some grass
Appease my digestive tract
Take a look at my diet

A hairball is no fun at all
Deep from the depths I can recall
A hairball I cannot stall
When it is ready you’ll hear my call

SOURCES: Catster, ASPCA

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