Hairballs 101

Hairballs are a part of life for most of our feline friends. They’re certainly unsightly, but are they dangerous? Learn more here from a vet in Lafayette, LA.

What Causes Hairballs?

Tiny barbs on your cat’s tongue pick up loose hair when Fluffy grooms herself. Your cat ingests this hair, most of which comes out in the feces. What doesn’t, though, remains in the digestive tract until it’s regurgitated in the form of a hairball.

Are They Safe?

Hairballs are safe the vast majority of the time. However, if you see your cat gagging or retching without actually producing a hairball, it may be causing a blockage—rush your cat to the emergency room. Additionally, if your cat’s hairball production has drastically increased in frequency, it’s worth a visit to the vet’s office.

Can I Minimize Hairballs?

Certain diets or dietary supplements may help some cats cut down on hairball production. Grooming your cat regularly is the best defense—since brushing traps loose hair in the brush itself, it means your cat isn’t swallowing as much.

Would you like advice on your cat’s diet? Want to know more about hairballs? We’re here for you. Call your vet clinic Lafayette, LA.

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