No matter how long your cat's coat is, hairballs are a fact of life.
LOS ANGELES — Hairballs are normal in cats, but they’re a nuisance for cat-owners to deal with. There are a few things you can do, though, to reduce hairballs and other feline dietary upsets.
Hairballs can be an expensive treatment in cats and can range from $75.00 to $800.00 depending on the cost of living and severity of your Cat's hairballs. On average, the national cost of treating hairballs in cats is $150.00.
A hairball is a small wad of fur formed in the stomach of animals. When it reaches a certain size it is vomited up. Hairballs are mostly tight elongated cylinders of packed felted fur. Food is often mixed in the hairball. Cats are especially prone to hairball formation since they spend a great deal of time licking and ingesting their fur.Cat hairballs are more than a nuisance! They result in worry (for us), discomfort (for him), and cat vomiting (yuck!). (The next page, is full of advice on eliminating hairballs in cats.)Hairballs are produced in greater amounts when cats are moulting. You can figure out when this is because your cat leaves more hair around. My cats moult spring and fall and hairball production increases greatly during that period.And you'd be right. These cats really do need a bit of assistance in the grooming department. If left to their own devices, they will end up matted right down to the skin, and throwing up hairballs on your favorite rugs regularly. Maine Coon cats, and other long or medium-haired cats, are prone to hairballs. How does this happen? They are very clean and tidy animals. They groom themselves meticulously. Watching a Maine Coon groom himself, you may think "There's no way he's going to get all that fur!"The short answer is that they swallow their fur when grooming themselves. Even shorthaired cats can be afflicted by hairballs in cats. How and why does this happen?Some cats are much tidier than others and groom a great deal. These cats tend to have more hairballs than sloppier cats. Johan is a very relaxed cat and does not made a great fuss over his appearance and he rarely has hairballs.The type of hair a cat has influences how many hairballs he produces. Long hair cats usually produce more hairballs simply because they have more hair. In the case of my Winston this is not the case. His hair is not prone to matting and he rarely seems to get hairballs.If you’re a pet parent with a cat, hairballs are the bane of your existence. These icky regurgitated wads are unsightly and just plain gross. Some cats are more sensitive or prone to developing hairballs than others. There are several ways you can treat and prevent this condition. Here are the facts about hairballs.A third strategy is to feed a small amount of some commercial hairball formula. Typically it is a vaseline or mineral oil type base that is flavoured. A small amount is squeezed out of the tube and placed on the cats paw or nose. The cats licks it off and the lubrication helps pass the hair. Vaseline and Mineral oil based solutions can interfere with vitamin A, so if you use this regularly add a supplement to kitty's diet. These products act as mild laxatives and speed things along.