Why do cats get hairballs? - Quora
Camille, yes the Furminator is wonderful !!!
Ordered another one to get rid of cat hairs on my carpet .
Instead of hairball pastes /gel i give my cats 2-3 times a week few drops of Olive Oil which he doesnt mind, so far so good xxx
My Maine Coon always had problems with hairballs. He was on a prescription dry diet for urinary tract problems that he has had surgery for twice. His hairballs were frequent and obviously painful for him. It’s sad to say that it took his recent diagnosis of Stage II diabetes (from a high carbohydrate diet) to get him off of dry food. It was the turning point in his hairball issue. He is no longer on a dry kibble diet since early March and hasn’t had a hairball since. He was devoted to, and loved his dry kibble but Dr. orders that he be on a strict low-carb canned food diet and he’s doing so much better. Of course, I have to give him insulin injections twice a day, but he is now clear-eyed and playful again. My other cats are now on wet diet as well.
Every time cats groom, they swallow stray and loose hair into their stomach, forming a wad. If they swallow too much hair at once, clogging the digestive system, it could cause the cat to lose appetite, form blockages which can cause constipation or choking. Most of the hairballs accumulated in the stomach are eventually ejected from the body through regurgitation. However, if the hairballs are too large to pass, it may require medical procedures to surgically remove the hair wad. What can we do to help our cats get rid of hairballs?Cat Hairballs. Ugh. I don’t appreciate mornings when I wake up and get out of bed only to step on something soft, squishy, and wet. Yes, even as a cats-only veterinarian for over 20 years, my cats do have episodes of feline vomiting, and the sight of a cat hair ball or fur ball still is an unpleasant one.How often do you notice cat hairballs on the floor? Is it daily? Weekly? Both are common, but that does not mean it’s normal. In this article, you will learn the most effective methods to get rid of hairballs in cats.All cats get hairballs, says Dr. Groger, but “they are more prevalent in the long-haired breeds -- Persians, Himalayans, Maine Coons and domestic long hairs.” She adds, however, that she has “seen problems with short-haired cats, as well.”All cats get hairballs, says Dr. Groger, but “they are more prevalent in the long-haired breeds -- Persians, Himalayans, Maine Coons and domestic long hairs.” She adds, however, that she has “seen problems with short-haired cats, as well.”A hairball on occasion is normal, but hairballs several times a week or even daily are a problem. It's also an issue if your cat is having a hard time bringing up a hairball. Hairballs usually come up in one or two tries so if your cat continues retching, you should take him to the veterinarian. Hairballs that won't pass can also cause lethargy, , defecation problems, a bloated abdomen or a loss of appetite in a cat. Occasionally, hairballs can get so bad that they block his throat, stomach or intestines, resulting in death. If there's enough hair to cause a blockage, your cat may need surgery. Hairballs the size of baseballs have been removed from cats' stomachs.