Is your cat suffering from hairballs?

Is your cat suffering from hairballs?

Tabby cat looking into the cameraIn the moulting season cats swallow more fur and are more likely to vomit up furballs as weather becomes warmer. These are sausage shaped deposits of compacted fur you may find on your rugs and carpets, rarely on easy to clean surfaces! Sometimes a cat may be off their food for a couple of days before producing a furball after making crying noises and a hacking sound immediately before vomiting.

This is a sign your cat needs a professional groom.

How does your cat swallow fur?

Cats have tiny barbs on their tongues called filiform papillae which point backwards and direct anything they lick towards the back of their mouths. They remove flesh from bones of their prey, but also act like a comb which removes dust, dirt, dry skin, debris and loose fur when grooming which are then swallowed and spread natural oils from the skin down the fur to condition and waterproof the coat.

Why should cats be professionally groomed

Having your cat groomed regularly to remove loose fur, especially during spring and summer when they are moulting can cut down on the incidence of furballs, especially in long haired cats, either moggies or breeds such as Persians, Ragdolls and Maine Coons and any cat who is prone to getting intestinal blockages.

Short haired cats may also produce hairballs but less likely to suffer blockages as short hair passes through the digestive system more readily.

Catskingdom can groom your cat, removing loose fur from the coat to help prevent furballs and the development of mats due to accumulation of excess loose fur in the coat.

In some cats with a history of abdominal surgery to remove fur blockages, vets may advise lion clips or teddy cuts to control the ingestion of fur.

Get in touch with Jan to discuss grooming for your cat at:

Jan@catskingdom.co.uk