Meowllo everypawdy, today is National Hairball Awareness Day. Ifin you have a cat, you no doubt know when kitty has a hairball. Mommy says almost all kitty luvvers know da sound of a hairball comin’ up; we call it da nasty hackys. And of course we kitties are so careful to place them fur maximum effect. While you sleep we may place one in your slippers or da path you take furst thing in da meownin’ when you still have sleepy eyes. Where ever we put them, we’re telling you somethin’. We’re telling you dat we need some help cuz our furs are sheddin’ like mad. Mommy says watchin’ me hack up a hairball is pawful and she’s never seen anythin’ like it befur. She says me’s face says me is terrified and me convulses till da hairball comes up as a purrjectile and lands across da room. Let me tell ya’, me may not know what me’s face looks like, but me can tell ya’ dat is some scary stuffs. Me doesn’t like doin’ it not one bit. (don’t worry, we’re not showing fotos)
Most cat pawrents just accept hairballs as one of the unpleasant things dat goes along with luvvin’ and sharin’ your home with a cat. And truth is, most hairballs move through our system just fine and either become da nasty hackys or go out da other end. But in rare instances hairballs can cause a life threatening blockage. Ifin you notice kitty exhibiting any of da following symptoms, purrlease take kitty to da VET. Always better safe than sorry.
Ongoing vomiting, gagging, retching, or convulsing without purrducing anything
Lack of appetite
Thing is, me gets very few hairballs. And trust me, me’s very glad ‘bout dat. Sis Lexi used to get them almost daily, even when she was young and healthy. Mommy says in all da years she’s dealt with kitties, da short haired kitties seemed to have more hairballs than da long. Seems a little backwards, but it is what it is. So how can you humans help us with those nasty hairballs? Well Wellness purrvided us with this great infographic with some pawsum suggestions.
Brushing always helps get out some of da loose dead fur dat would otherwise end up in our tummies and eventually in a wet slimy pile somewhere inconvenient fur you. Now me knows dat not all kitties enjoy bein’ brushed. Me is just one of those kitties. Fank da cats me’s fur doesn’t mat or me would be in trouble. But there’s a product out there dat your grooming challenged kitty will like; you just have to keep trying. Me luvs da grooming glove especially well. Now it won’t get out mats, but ifin you’re using it regularly, mats shouldn’t form. There are many other grooming brushes, combs and helpers out there, so keep trying, you’ll eventually find kitty’s sweet spot. Mommy says she’s even gone so far as to use a moist paper towel or microfiber cloth. Again, those won’t take out mats, but ifin used regularly they should take enough of da dead furs out so dat hairballs don’t form. As cats, we naturally groom ourselves. Ifin you notice kitty seems a little OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) about it, try to discourage this behavior. Ifin neccessary, see your VET; kitty may have other health issues dat need to be addressed.
There are treats, and pastes, and foods to help with hairball control as well. Wellness has just one of those foods. They’ve been busy creating a new formula dat be good fur kitty and helps with those nasty hackys. It includes deboned chicken and turkey as well as vitamins and minerals to support skin and coat health. And a precise blend of natural fibers to help move those hairballs thru da digestive tract. This formula touts supporting whole body health and well being. At this time it appears to only come in kibble form. It’s available in 3 sizes and runs from about $12.00 to $34.00. As you know we don’t eat kibble here, but this could make a helpful treat.
Me has to go get some brushin’ and play in now. You know, gotta keep those hairballs at bay. Me’s joinin’ Rascal and Rocco fur da weekly Pet Parade.
Today would have been sis Lexi’s 17th birthday. It’s hittin’ mommy purretty hard. We’re also havin’ some storms, so we’ll be ’round to visit soon, but purrobably not today. But we would like fur you to ‘member sissy today and smile. She brought so much luv and happiness to mommy, me and so many of you, and she deserves to be remembered.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. We received compensation to share Wellness’s Hairball Prevention foods and infographics. We believe hairballs are a real concern for all cat owners and are always truthful when sharing products with you. Wellness is not responsible for the content or opinions in this post other than the infographic and claims regarding the nutrition and benefits of their food.
Till da next time……………………………………Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Well weez took most of yesfurday off to take care of sum business wound da house. We have a mumfflly ‘spection comin’ up on Wednesday and mommy wanted to do sum research on meez condition. Mommy still has to run da vacuum but most of da house got finished. She didn’t however get much research dun. So weez purrobly gunna be a little scarce this week while she twies to figger out more ‘bout this Sterile Cystitis. Da battle is on wound meez food plate while she be twyin’ to make hers changes. Da RX food samples da VET sent home wiff us went over like a lead bwick. Me didn’ get any closer than 2 feet fwum da plate and me knew it wasn’t wight. Me wuldn’t even eat da wet noms cuz they was in a plate beside ‘em. So finally on Monday meownin’ mommy finally gave in and gave me sum of meez BB kibble. But she snuck sum of da Nutrish she bought fur sis Lexi when we was twyin’ to get her to gain weight. Yous know, dwy noms be way more fattenin’ than canned. Mommy sez hers next play will be a doozy. Me dusn’t know what she plans on twyin’, but meez sure we awe in fur anuvver battle. MOL
Speakin’ of food, weez got to twy sum weally pawsum food fur Chewy this mumff. Lots of our furiends have been talkin’ ‘bout da new Wellness TruFood Tasty Pairings and now we got to try them out. We got da Chicken, Pumpkin and Turkey Tasty Pairings to try. You know it be punkin’ season so it’s only wight we twy out da punkin’ flavor. These TruFood Tasty Pairings come in 3 ounce tubs and six different flavors. They be wheat and grain free and layered. Protein on da top and da pumpkin fwuit on da bottom. Course when mommy turns it out on da plate they be da udder way wound. MOL They have no fillers, no artificial purrservatives, colors or flavors.
They seem a little spongy when turned out of the container, but once broken up you can clearly see da shwedded meat. Of course mommy added a little water to them and made it a bit bwothier/soupier fur us. So, what did we fink of da Wellness Tru Food Tasty Pairings? Well sis Lexi gobbled it down. She loved every last bite and even asked fur seconds. WooHoo 4 paws up fwum sissy. Me, well me luvved da punkin’, but me only picked wound da meat. It was still a little spongy fur me. But mommy keeps offerin’ it to me specially since meez needs to change up meez diet. So me gives ‘em 2 paws up cuz da punkin’ be gweat. Purrlenty yummy.
What duz mommy fink ‘bout ‘em? Mommy sez she gives 2 fumms up to anyfin’ eever of us will eat dat has such gweat ingwedients. So there ya’ have it, 2 fumms up fwum mommy. Chewy has lots of pawtastic purroducts fur da pet in yous house, auto delivery and flat rate or free shippin’. So yous might wanna check ‘em out fur yous selff. And gwab yous own Wellness TruFood Tasty Pairings while yous there.
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Till da next time…………………..Be Blest!!!