Hairballs are clumps of indigestible fur that accumulate in cats' stomachs and small intestines as the result of them grooming their coats by licking.
The hair is swallowed, and builds up over time. Hairballs can cause upset stomach, hacking and gagging--at this point most cats will vomit them up.
If the hairballs are not expelled, it can result in decreased appetite or constipation. Long haired cats tend to get them more often.
Use high-quality dry cat food
Add a lubricant to your pet's dry food if hairballs continue.
Add a small amount of vegetable oil on dry cat food--this can act
as a lubricant that can help your cat pass hairballs easily.
You can get the lubricants at a pet store. Use as directed.
If you notice that your cat grooms excessively, give the cat a new toy to play with.
If the hairballs continue to be a problem, see a veterinarian.
Use cat hair brush
Long-haired cats need to be brushed daily.
Short-haired cats need to be brushed once a week.
Provide plenty of fresh water for your cat around the clock
A cat that is well-hydrated will pass hairballs more easily.
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