National Hairball Awareness Day

National Hairball Awareness Day

Did you know today is National Hairball Awareness Day?? It's always the last Friday in April.

Hairballs are a common condition in cats caused by self-grooming and swallowing the hair. The hairball will either pass through the digestive track or a cat will vomit the hairball.

If the hairball is not eliminated from the cat's digestive track one way it can create an obstruction and cause serious medical issues.

Regular grooming and a healthy diet can reduce shedding and minimize the amount of hair ingested.

Prevention is the best treatment for hairballs.

  • Regular brushing will reduce the amount of loose hair a cat ingests during grooming.
  • Some cat foods are specially designed to help reduce hairballs, so check those out.
  • Increasing your cat's fiber intake may also help. Adding canned pumpkin or asparagus to your cat's food is one way to increase fiber.
  • Be careful to not let your cat eat bits of string or thread, which can get wrapped up with the hairball and make it much worse.