This Friday, April 27, 2012 marks Hairball Awareness Day, celebrated on the last Friday of every April and an important “holiday” for cat lovers. According to Holden Veterinary Clinic, the origin of the awareness day is not known, but is a day recognized to spread awareness of this important aspect of owning a cat. Many animal organizations and pet product manufactures help raise awareness yearly and even the National Museum of Health and Medicine held an exhibit for Hairball Awareness Day back in 2009.
Hairballs are a natural occurrence for cats and is the result of their regular grooming process. Cat tongues are made up of “tiny hook-like structures [that] catch loose and dead hair, which is then swallowed. The majority of this hair passes all the way through the digestive tract with no problems. But if some hair stays in the stomach, it can form a hairball”, according to WebMD. While there is no way to completely rid your cat of hairballs, there are some ways to minimize their frequency and size.
Having two cats myself who I consider to be on the “fluffy side”, I am aware of the impact hairballs can have and the importance of doing what you can to help your cat manage them. Not only for the ‘ew I just stepped in a wet hairball‘ factor, but also for your cat’s comfort and watching for signs it may be something serious.
Click through to see some adorably fluffy cats and some tips on how to minimize hairballs:
As always, discuss any concerns with your veterinarian or vet assistant and ask for their tips and help in finding the right combination of hairball controls specific for your cat.
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