What are Hairballs?

What are Hairballs?

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Hairballs or Trichobezoars that cats expel, Why is that? How to avoid them? what are the dangers?

The famous hairballs cats do are symptoms of hair accumulation in the intestine of cats and even health problems.

The cat is by nature a very clean animal that use to lick his hair to clean his body, although some cats need a bath. This ” self-cleaning ” that takes so much time can create intestinal problems, because as doing so the cat eats the hair that falls out and just mixes it with food, that accumulates in the digestive apparatus forming hairballs, called trichobezoars.

Cats under stress groom themselves more often looking for tranquility and pleasure that licking themselves produce. So, avoid as far as possible the situations that can cause stress in the feline.

Usually these hairballs if they are small are removed by regurgitation or vomiting, or through feces in case they reach the intestinal tract. The problem comes when they can not be eliminated by the cat, hairballs will get increasingly compact and big. This cause that they will be accumulated in the digestive tract causing an obstruction.

Although cat breeds more likely to develop this condition are long and semi-long hair. These breeds include Persian cats, Norwegian Forest, Turkish Angora, Himalayan… But are also very prone older cats or those already having a slow digestive system and find it harder to eliminate hairballs.

The trichobezoars are very common in most cats and usually do not pose a big problem, but if aggravated and not treated properly can become dangerous, to the point of being required surgery. So if you notice that your cat is behaving strangely, with loss of appetite, constantly vomiting or regurgitating and constipated, do not expect it to get worse, consult your veterinarian.

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