The Perfect Gift For Your Furry Friend

The Perfect Gift For Your Furry Friend.

Today we're helping you keep your furry friend healthy and happy with fab tips on how you can reduce and get rid of furballs, plus we're sharing our latest discovery. It's an amazing treat that will make the perfect gift for your kitty. Read on for more...

If you own or have ever owned a cat then you know all about the dreaded furball. Furballs – also known as hairballs – are the cause of loose hair swallowed by your feline during their daily grooming routine. 

While most of the swallowed hair passes through the cat’s digestive system and are expelled through their stool, sometimes hair remains inside the small intestine or stomach. This clump of fur causes your cat to experience an unpleasant gagging reaction which continues until he/she throws up the fur.

My Cat Has a Hairball. What Should I do?
Furballs are a common occurrence in felines and are usually nothing to get too concerned about. If, however, your cat has been gagging continuously for 2 or more days, or if she has diarrhea or constipation, you should contact a trusted veterinarian immediately. Although rare, furballs can sometimes cause intestinal blockage or become lodged in the esophagus. In these extreme cases, your kitty may need to undergo surgery.

Which Cats are Prone to Furballs?
Even though all cats with fur can experience hairballs, there are certain breeds that are more prone to them than others. Any breed of cat that has long hair, compulsively groom and those that shed excessively are all prone to experience furballs. 

Keep in mind, however, that vomiting furballs frequently could be a sign that your cat has underlying gastrointestinal problems. Cancer and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), for example, can often come across as nothing more than excessive furballs. That is why it is important to have regular checkups for your kitty.

Preventing Furballs

  1. Regular brushing can help reduce the amount of fur that your cat accidentally ingests. Long hair cats should be brushed every day and then wiped down with a clean, dry cloth to remove loose hairs that may remain.
  2. Purchase cat food formulated to help eliminate or reduce furballs. These types of commercial cat food are designed to reduce shedding, improve coat health, decrease furball formation and increase fiber amount.
  3. Give your cat a furball lubricant or remedy, they come as delicious treats that your kitty can enjoy and helps with your cat's intestinal health. 
  4.  You can find out here how to prevent hairballs while keeping your furry friend’s coat and skin healthy.
  5. For cats who excessively groom themselves, try to distract them by purchasing a fun, new toy that they can play with. If you can reduce the amount of grooming done then you will decrease the amount of possible hairball formation.

Fab Tip: Remember to always consult with a veterinarian before starting any hairball reduction program. The veterinarian will be able to determine which course of action is best for you and your kitty.

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