Hairballs are a major concern for many cat owners. About 50% of cat owners agree to this and to combat this ever-increasing problem pet food manufacturers are coming up with new formulations. Hairballs are not a disease, but an unpleasant nuisance for many. Thanks to scientific innovations hairball problems will soon become a decreasingly small tale of the past for our beloved feline friends!
Hairballs occur because cats swallow large amounts of hair while grooming themselves. All breeds are susceptible to hairballs, but cats who groom themselves excessively and those with longer, thicker hair are more prone to the problem.
Healthy household cats naturally self-groom themselves from the age of 35 days of age. Self-grooming helps in regulating the thermoregulate body temperature especially in the hot and humid environment. Self-grooming can also be a displacement activity from anxiety or conflict. Petted cats frequently drool in showing affection. Excessive drools needs medical attention.
When a cat frequently licks his coat and drools, what should be done to help him? There are 4 contributory factors for this behavior pattern. They are as follows:
- Unsuitable environment of housing e.g. untidy, noisy, frustration etc.
- Due to high humature (humidity and temperature) he licks the body to thermoregulate the body temperature.
- Excessive flea or lice in the oval.
Problems associated with comfort behaviour are:
- Hairballs accumulating in the stomach.
- Lick granuloma (linear) which caused granuloma lesions thickening of tissue on the ventral abdomen behind the umbilicus or medial thigh causes is due to environment, frustration and anxiety.
- Lack of self-grooming and the causes are due to unkept appearance of the coat. The cause must be due to illness or nervousness.
- Partial epilepsy (causes due to medical problems).
If you do notice your cat regurgitating or vomiting hair and mucus, they are signs it might be suffering from hairball problems. There are two types of hairballs. The typical hairball is a soft mixture of mucus and hair that gathers in the oropharynx or esophagus.
For the more severe case of hairball problem, cats may acquire inflammatory disease, lymphoma, gastritis or other underlying problems.
There are special diets such as Science Diet Hairball Control Formula available in the market to naturally help cats overcome hairball problems during the early stages. The special formula provides complete and balanced nutrition for maintenance of active adult cats and at the same time helps hairballs move through a cat’s digestive system naturally.
This unique-shaped, “kibble-like” biscuit formulated with special natural vegetable fibers, work within a cat’s digestive system to help manage hairballs. This diet can be given on a long term basis for your cat. Individual requirements will vary, depending on breed, environment, season of the year, exercise, temperament and stress factors. Feeding transitions should be made over a period of four days for proper adjustment to the new diet.
Now with these formulas, there’s no need for drugs or messy lubricants that interfere with normal digestion and nutrient absorption for your cat.