Every cat gets them. From the furry friends that curl up in our laps, to the wild cats of the jungle, hairballs are inevitable. At first, all attention is driven towards the disgusting process and how to make cleaning it up anymore appealing. Over time, our focus eventually gets there and we do what we need to do because we love our cat, even through the clawing and the sass. So it’s no wonder that when an influx of hairballs starts to happen, concern is where our minds go.
While hairballs are inevitable, they aren’t necessarily normal. It’s natural that cats groom themselves, you’ll notice that in how their tongues are designed, however, their gastrointestinal system should remove of any hair that’s been swallowed through feces. If your cat has always had a lot of hairballs, it’s likely for one of the two reasons:
Too Much Hair
If your cat is getting a ton of hairballs, it could just mean that they are ingesting way too much hair. This could be from a disease that has your cat shedding more than normal or grooming themselves more than they need to. Other reasons could be any recent vaccinations, changes in medication, high stress levels or other external factors.
Change In Intestinal Mobility
If your pet’s gastrointestinal tract isn’t working at the pace or ability that it should be, then this is likely the reason that your cat’s hair isn’t being digested entirely. In this instance, you need to bring your cat to the vet and have them examined to determine what it is that has their gastrointestinal tract working slower than usual.
It’s important that you notice why your cat could be having more hairballs than usual. Hairballs have a huge effect on the quality of life for your pet. If you notice an influx, bring your pet into Countryside Vet here in Fort Collins.