Raising cats is one of life’s great pleasures. Dog people may disagree, but this article isn’t for them anyway. Building a relationship with your cat, soothing them when they’re scared, and watching them grow is incredibly rewarding! But, just as with all things, raising a pet cat isn’t without its challenges.
Furniture damage, the litter box, and the rising cost of pet food aren’t too fun. Neither is helplessly watching your beloved fur baby suffering through the discomfort and irritability associated with hairballs. So, what are hairballs, what causes them, and what can a proactive cat owner like you do about them? Read along to find out!
What Are Hairballs?
When it comes to descriptive words, you can do a lot worse than “hairball”. It’s true, the word hairball really does lay it all out for you.
A hairball is a small collection of hair or fur that’s formed in the stomach of some animals that is often vomited up once it becomes too big. Visually in cats, hairballs look like an elongated cylinder that’s composed of packed fur and are sometimes mixed with semi-digested food.