Dog & Cat Diseases : Cat Hairball Symptoms - YouTube
To help eliminate hairballs: Give adult cats five soft chews daily until symptoms disappear. For kittens over 4 weeks of age, give three soft chews daily.
A cat hairball is a condition that's commonly seen in felines. Although cats are known to cough up hairballs on rare occasions, pets that cough up hairballs more than twice a month or exhibit frequent symptoms of cat hairball, require medical attention. The treatment for cat hairball is minimal and could sometimes be cured with home remedies. Cat hairball becomes a dangerous situation if the hairball causes intestinal blockage which could lead to death.
For adult cats, feed a one-inch ribbon of PetArmor® for Cats Hairball Remedy daily until symptoms disappear. Give either from your finger or by placing on top of cat’s front paw where it can be licked off.
Feed adult cats a one-inch ribbon twice a week and brush coat frequently.
For kittens over four weeks of age, feed a half-inch ribbon once twice a week.Often, you'll only know that your cat has had a hairball after it vomits up the plaque of fur. Sometimes, however, hairballs become stuck inside a cat. Your cat may display some symptoms that can clue you in: The cat might exhibit a repeated dry cough, or may retch after eating. Some cats may be fatigued, depressed or uninterested in food.Cats engage in routine grooming. While grooming, the cat's tongue removes dead hair and he swallows it. Most of the ingested fur passes through the digestive system, but hairballs are formed when the hair mixes with undigested food in the gastrointestinal tract and isn't eliminated by the body. Hairballs can sometimes cause intestinal blockage. Such cases require surgical removal. Constipation and discomfort while defecating are more common symptoms in pets. You’ll know your cat has a hairball if he or she gagging or retching, typically a precursor to regurgitation of the hairball. However, there are some dangers and complications posed by hairballs. Intestinal obstructions can be formed if a hairball becomes too large or is unable to be vomited up. This requires immediate veterinary attention. The following are symptoms of an intestinal obstruction:When your cat is displaying those symptoms, it's possible that a hairball may have passed from its stomach into his intestine. That could cause a life-threatening blockage in the intestinal tract. The blockage can cause your cat to become dehydrated and malnourished.Another problem caused by hairballs is that sometimes their symptoms appear similar to respiratory problems, such as asthma, which also require a veterinarian’s attention. Keeping hairballs to a minimum will therefore help your veterinarian diagnose asthma more quickly, should your cat develop it.