Every cat owner knows the struggle of cats and their hairballs. Due to cats oral grooming habits, it involves swallowing large quantities of fur most of which passes harmlessly through the cat’s digestive system. However, the problem occurs when the fur remains undigested in the cat’s digestive system.
Some interesting facts:
- Hairballs are usually not balls at all, they are shaped more like tubes
- The scientific name for hairballs is trichobezoars
- Hairballs represent only a small portion of the hair your cat consumes
- Not all cats experience the same frequency of hairballs
- Long haired cats, including Persians and Maine coon kitties, are more prone to hairballs, especially if they’re fastidious groomers.
You may ask, but what makes the fur form into a hairball? As time passes, the fur collects and begins to stick together until the hairball forms in the stomach region. This poses a great risk to cat’s health and wellbeing as the hairball grows larger.
Most cat’s natural instinct is to regurgitate and therefore bring up the hairball to vomit it out. Although to us pet lovers, the sound they make when they are trying to bring it up is similar to a human’s dry heaves with a slight high pitch. Naturally, as pet lovers, we do not like to see our pets in any kind of discomfort or agony and it can cause us to worry.
Pet grooming is a wonderful prevention for cat’s hairballs. Brushing your cat once a day will remove dead hairs from the cat’s coat, meaning when your cat goes to lick their fur as part of their daily routine there will be less hair to swallow. By using a Leave-On Conditioner it will enhance your cat’s coat ensuring less hair fall while leaving a soft furry finish!
But most importantly, the daily grooming routines will strengthen the bond between you and your cat.