Hairballs, All You Need To Know…

Meowllo evewypawdy, hope you awe havin’ da bestest of days. It’s H day here in da bloggin’ A to Z challenge, and well mommy is tired cuz hers just completely went blank. Did she furget ow name?  One of ow new favowit tweats? Or even one of da fings she weally hates…HAIRBALLS. Yep today weez gunna talk ‘bout hairballs. Now most of us wound here laff ‘bout ‘em and scheme ‘bout where to place them and ow hoomans do evewyfin’ in their power to stop ‘em, but awe they just a fact of life fur a cat? And is it healffy fur us to have them? And just why is it dat sum cats seem to have mowe of a purrawllem wiff ‘’em than udders? And…well let me quit askin’ questions and just get on wiff it and tell ya’ mowe ‘bout hairballs than you evew wanted to know.

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Guess da first thing me should tell ya’ is why we kitties get hairballs in the furst place. Well you know all that groomin’ we do? Yep that’s where they come from. As anybody whose ever been licked by a kitty knows, we have a barbed like tongue and things like fur just kinda stick to it and then we swallow it. That’s why it’s not safe for us too play with things like string and threads and the like. We often can’t actually spit these things out and so down the hatch as they say, they go. As for the fur once swallowed it’s gotta come out, and there’s only 2 ways that’s gonna happen. For the purrpusses of this posty we will talk ‘but those hairballs that come back up thru the mouth.

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Now here is where mommy kinda disagrees with the current thought processes of most. Most articles and Vets say that the long haired breeds tend to have more hairballs than the shorter haired kitties. Mommy sez pishaw to this. She’s had plenty of long haired cats and only a couple of short haired cats so maybe she might just know a thing or two about this subject. See, sis Lexi has far more hairballs than any long haired kitty mommy has ever had, me included. If we was to give you a ratio figure, sis Lexi would throw up a hairball 9 more times out of 10 than me would. Now we was actually asked a question once ‘bout these here hairballs. One of our dear Facebook friends started noticing her 2 year old cat convulsing and then vomiting out a mess and cryin’ ‘bout it. Mommy figured out he was having hairballs and told her what to do and voila, everything was under control again. She then told mommy he hadn’t ever done that before, so why was it now happening? Well it’s true, kittens don’t have hairballs. But once we get older and become great fur stylists, that’s when the fun begins. And by the way, our friend…he was a short haired tabby too.

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Course callin’ it fun is a bit of a stretch, cuz it for sure ain’t no fun for us. We retch and sometimes meow some of the most pawful meows in our repertoire and gag and then finally…out comes the glob. Now most of these hairballs aren’t little balls at all, they’re more tube like, and that’s because they’ve got to pass thru’ the narrow esophagus in our throats. And altho’ these Hairballs are purrfectly normal they can also be dangerous. Dangerous you say, why is that? Well if your kitty is throwin’ up a hairball once or twice a week (in shedding season) most likely things are fine. But, if you notice your kitty retching and coughing and maybe crying and yet no hairball shows up; call your VET immediately!! It is possible that a hairball can become lodged in the esophagus, intestinal tract, or stomach. And if this happens this is a life or death emergency. 

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Symptoms to look for in a cat with an obstruction are:

  • Ongoing vomiting, retching, gagging or hacking without producing a hairball,  

  • Lethargy,  

  • Lack of appetite, 

  • Constipation,  

  • Diarrhea,  

If you observe any of those symptoms please call your vet immediately. Surgery may be needed to remove the offending hairball.

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Hairballs are a natural part of your kitties life so there’s no cure for them. However there are ways to help minimize the amount of hairballs your cat has. The furst is Grooming. Most cats love to be groomed. Altho’ not all, and we have heard many of our long haired friends really put up a fight at grooming time. Mommy sez it’s never too late to teach a cat anything, but it is always easier to train them when they’re young. So don’t give up. And these days there are lots of “self groomers” on the market that your cat might enjoy. But Grooming serves a few purrpusses, it allows you to bond with your cat while getting rid of the loose fur that would either end up on your furniture as fur shed, or any place else as a slimy hairball. Be sure too use the appropriate grooming tool on your cat. There are a ton of them on the market, but you don’t want to use the wrong one. Most cats have a double coat, but there are those with only single coats and the “hairless” breeds. We won’t go into all the tools today because today is hairball day, but if you’re interested in learning about the differences in grooming tools an what’s right for who, let us know in the comments and we will cover that in a future post. 

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Another way to cut back on hairballs is a hairball formula food, treats, or treatment (malty as we call it). Again there are a number of these on the market. As for treatments, you can also use some of the common things around your house. A little pat of butter, olive oil, or vegetable/canola/corn oil can also be safely used to get the hairball moving in the right direction, and maybe save you from stepping into a wet slimy mess with your bare feet in the middle of the night. MOL Well, hope we’ve helped you a little in further understanding the cat’s Hairball. MOL 

Till da next time…………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses  

Dezi and Lexi

 

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http://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/what-to-do-about-hairballs-in-cats

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/hairballs

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/health_resources/Hairballs.cfm

About Deziz World

My name is Deztinee. I am a Ragdoll. I was born 11/1/2009. I am a service cat along with my sisfur RaenaBelle, also a Ragdoll, for our disabled human mommy. My sisfur Raena was born 4/21/2016. In March of 2016, mommy and I had to say goodbye to my mentor Alexandra (Lexi), a black tabby born 4/29/1999. This blog is about our daily life from the kitty's point of view. We were both rescued from bad situations and our mommy raised us and trained us to be service cats. I want this blog to be interactive and get to know all of you, so comment and visit often. I will also offer advice, training tips and education when possible. Copyright © 2014 - 2017 {Audra High via Deztinee High and RaenaBelle High} All Rights Reserved All personal content (story's, poetry, etc., videos and music) are the property of the human behind Deziz World, and may not be used, copied or otherwise re-published without prior written permission/consent from the author (A. High-the human behind Deziz World). We have an amazon.com wish list and a PayPal account if you would like to help/donate to us.

Posted on April 9, 2015, in Blog Hops, Educational, Human Speak and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Judy & C.A.T.S

    Thank you for the information on hairballs, they sure are icky for cats and humans. We agree about short haired cats getting more hairballs. Shelly does not like fur in her tummy and she throws up when she has a very small hairball. Andy throws up the least and he is a big mess of floofiness. Mom brushes Andy a lot even though he really hates it. She tells Andy he needs to look nice for Dezi. Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S.)

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    • Yeah we fink sumtimes peeps make statements based on assumptions and not fact and then it becomes accepted as bein’ so. But in ow sperience short hair cats have way mowe hairballs than da long hair ones. MOL

      And mommy sez me has to look nice fur Andy when hers clips meez claws. (me hates dat pawt)

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Lexi

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  2. BLEH!!! mee hopess it iss a farway day befur thiss happenss to mee 😉
    paw kissess Siddhartha Henry xxx

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  3. Another innformative an innterestin bloggiess!!!
    Mee has not had a hairball yet an mee not a bushin sort of kat…LadyMum sayss shee has ‘malty’ on standbye if mee needss it 😉
    paw kissess Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum (standin bye…)

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  4. Very true hairballs can happen to cats with all kinds of hair. While it is common, it still can be very dangerous. A high quality diet and consistent grooming is the best prevention. I use coconut oil with my Persian cat which has had great results. I wrote a post about my experience with Coconut oil.

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    • Fanks fur stoppin’ by and commentin’. We do like ow butter spoons and we even like da malty (hairball tweatment). But hairballs awe just a awt of life wiff a kitty. MOL

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Lexi

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  5. The Swiss Cats

    Great advice ! Hairballs can be dangerous and are no fun. Purrs

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  6. my momma was socked as she saw such a hairball the first tme of her life, thanks for a great post what answered all hairy questions :o)

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