Hairball Prevention Tips

April 26th is Hairball Awareness Day. We know, it’s not the cutest pet holiday on the calendar. We probably don’t have to tell you that hairballs aren’t the best part of having a cat. Unfortunately, they are quite common in kitties. There are some things you can do to reduce the amount of hairballs your feline friend produces. A Columbia, MD vet discusses hairballs in this article.


Brushing your feline friend daily can help quite a bit here, as you’ll be grabbing that dead hair and dander with a brush before she swallows it. The less hair your little buddy ingests, the less that ends up in hairball form. This is especially important with longhaired kitties, as they sometimes get knots or tangles they need help with. Pick a time when Fluffy is feeling relaxed and cuddly.

Good Diet

Proper nutrition will help keep your kitty’s coat shiny and healthy. This will reduce the amount of dead hair Fluffy sheds, which will in turn reduce the amount of fur she ingests. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including portion sizes and suggested supplements.


It probably isn’t a big surprise to find hairball prevention products on this list. These can also be very helpful, especially if you have a longhaired kitty. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Keep Kitty In

Did you know that indoor cats often get fewer hairballs than kitties that are allowed outdoors? This is because cats that stay inside typically aren’t as exposed to the seasonal temperature changes that trigger shedding cycles. Your furry friend will also be much safer staying inside, where she will be protected from cars, predators, weather, and other hazards.

Parasite Control

Keeping up with Fluffy’s parasite control is important for many reasons. It will also help with hairballs. If your furry buddy has fleas, she may over-groom herself to get relief from itching and bites. This will increase the amount of fur she swallows, which would of course translate into more hairballs.


Hairballs aren’t always harmless. Sometimes cats aren’t able to expel them. This can result in intestinal blockages, which are extremely painful and can even be life-threatening. If your feline pal is producing a lot of hairballs, dry-heaving, and/or vomiting frequently, call your vet immediately.

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