5 Ways to Prevent Hairballs

Did you know that April 30th is Hairball Awareness Day? We’re guessing probably not. It’s also National Oatmeal Cookie Day, which is of course way more fun. However, while we do certainly plan to indulge ourselves with some cookies, hairballs are more in our wheelhouse. Hairballs are definitely not the best part of having a cat, but they are something that most, if not all, cat owners will have to deal with from time to time. These are no more fun for Fluffy than they are for you! Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of hairballs your furry little buddy produces. Read on as a local Columbia, MD vet offers some advice on preventing hairballs.

Brush Fluffy

The best thing you can do is to brush your feline friend regularly. Hairballs develop when Fluffy swallows her own hair in the process of grooming herself. If you grab that fur with a brush before she can swallow it, you can at least reduce the amount of hairballs she gets. This is especially important if your kitty has long hair and/or sheds a lot.

Keep Kitty In

We always advocate keeping kitties inside. Fluffy may love bringing you ‘gifts’ or leaving paw tracks on your hood, but she’s much safer staying indoors. This also helps reduce shedding. Cats that are allowed outdoors are much more exposed to seasonal weather changes that trigger hair growth and shedding cycles.

Offer Good Food

A proper diet will have a huge effect on how your furry buddy’s coat looks. If Fluffy is getting great nourishment, her fur will be soft and shiny. She also won’t have as much dead, dry fur falling out. Ask your vet for specific advice, including product options and application.

Hairball Preventative

As the name suggests, hairball preventatives help reduce the amount of hairballs cats produce. Your vet will be able to offer specific advice on these products.

Visit The Vet

Speaking of the vet, make sure to take your furry buddy to visit her doctor regularly. If Fluffy is getting a lot of hairballs, schedule an appointment right away. Occasionally, hairballs get lodged in cats’ intestines. This can be extremely dangerous, and can even be life-threatening.

Do you have questions or concerns about your feline pal’s health or care? Contact us, your local Columbia, MD animal clinic, anytime!

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