Hairballs Can Jeopardize Your Pet's Life
Cats spend up to one-third of their waking hours self-grooming. The tiny barbs on a cat’s tongue pull loose hair from its coat and those hairs are swallowed.
Because hair is very difficult to digest, it compacts with undigested food in the intestines.
The accumulation becomes a source of irritation if it is not eliminated in the litter box or coughed up. The result is messy fur-like, cigar-shaped forms on the floor or furniture.
Although you may not see hairballs, there may be a significant accumulation in your cat’s intestines. Some hairballs surgically removed are almost three inches in diameter.
Signs of Hairball Problems
Cigar shaped clumps of fur found on floor or furniture.
Dry, hacking cough or vomiting after meals.
Preoccupation with eating plants or grass.
Hair entwined with the feces.
Dry, dull coat and/or excessive shedding.
Poor appetite and/or weight loss.
Constipation or diarrhea.
Common Hairball Treatments
Single focused treatments … do not address a cat’s entire system.
Mineral oil or petroleum lubricants … are petrochemical products.
Large amounts of fiber … can decrease intestinal absorption of nutrients and may result in a malnourished animal.
Enemas for constipation … requires tranquilization and can be dangerous.
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