Hail to the hairball: 5 fun facts about hairballs in cats

Hairball Awareness Day is April 25, 2014. So we're regurgitating the furry facts about furballs in your feline friends.
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Apr 16, 2014
By dvm360.com staff

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1. Hacking and health

Your client's feline friend frequently grooms, swallowing fur. Most the fur passes through the cat’s digestive system to decorate the litter box. Kitties who hork up frequent hairballs may need to see the veterinarian.



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2. Furr-ociously fastidious

Longhaired cats, including Persians and Maine coon kitties, are more prone to hairballs, especially if they’re fastidious groomers.

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3. T is for trichobezoar

When that cold, slimy mess makes first contact with your foot, you might shout hairball, furball or cat barf—or some other word we won’t mention here—but its technical name is trichobezoar.

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4. Furball fun for everyone

While furry felines frequently take the fall for hairball surprises, cows, rabbits, ferrets and deer are other common culprits.

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5. Get with the grooming

Dearly devoted feline worshippers can appreciate their kitties with regular grooming to remove excess hair. The veterinarian may also recommend diets or remedies if the kitty’s a frequent hairball sufferer.