Have you ever seen your cat cough up a hairball? It’s not a pleasant sight, but does it harm your feline friend in any way? Learn more about your cat’s hairball production in this article from a Cy-Fair vet.
Why Do Hairballs Happen?
Hairballs are a natural occurrence—when your cat grooms herself, she swallows hair, most of which moves through the digestive tract and gets expelled in the feces. Some hair remains in the gut, though, and clumps together into a hairball. Eventually, your cat regurgitates it.
Do Hairballs Hurt Fluffy in Any Way?
No, hairballs don’t hurt your cat. The occasional hairball is nothing to worry about, unsightly as it may be. However, if your cat is coughing up hairballs frequently or is vomiting, see your veterinarian promptly. She could have an illness or infection!
Can I Help My Cat Produce Less Hairballs?
Yes. Groom your cat on a daily basis by brushing her coat. This traps loose fur in the brush, meaning she swallows less. You should also make sure Fluffy receives a great diet, because proper nutrition will reduce shedding in the first place.
Does your feline friend need veterinary attention? Call your animal hospital Cy-Fair.