This week is National Hairball Awareness Week. That’s right, Hannah Family, there is a week, day or month to commemorate everything! But as mundane as it may seem, hairballs are a real concern for millions of Pet parents. And not just when they’re walking barefoot across the carpet and step in something unpleasant.
So let’s talk hairballs! There’s more to them than just a mess on the floor.
What are Hairballs?
Hairballs are clumps of hair and mucus which is passed through a cat’s stool. But a certain amount can remain in the stomach, which will result in hacking, retching and eventually vomiting.
What causes them?
Hairballs are caused when cats ingest loose hair during their daily grooming process.
Do some cats experience hairballs worse than others?
Since hairballs are caused by loose hair being ingested, cats with longer hair, as well as those that shed often will experience more hairballs than infrequent shedders or cats with short hair.
Can hairballs hurt my cat?
Not generally. Hairballs are the body naturally rejecting those things that shouldn’t be there. While it may be a bit uncomfortable for our furry family members as they are passing them, it’s a natural part of daily life for most cats.
Is there a way to reduce hairballs?
Yes! Remember, cats prefer to be clean, so they will groom themselves several times a day. Removing excess hair through daily brushing and regular bathing (especially for long-haired felines) can greatly reduce the frequency of hairballs.
Hannah understands the concerns of Pet parents. Whether it’s the food they eat or the hairballs they leave on the kitchen floor, we want our Pets to be happy, healthy and to live a long life. That’s why we developed the Total Lifetime Care program. Hannah’s TLC was designed to address the concerns of all Hannah members. This includes working with our members to try and reduce excessive hairballs!
With Hannah’s TLC, members enjoy the benefits of an all-inclusive veterinary care service, which covers vaccinations, preventative care, parasite controls, emergencies, surgeries, medications and dental care. Not only that, but members also receive lifetime behavioral training and high quality Pet food delivered right to your door.
To learn more about Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.
Clackamas Town Center can be reached at (503) 905-5200 or email Francesca.Ferrucci@hannahsociety.com
Washington Square can be reached at (503) 924-6850 or email Jody.Ward@hannahsociety.com
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