Our cats are expert groomers. Have you noticed how meticulous they are when it comes to this little ritual? But even the most assiduous cat will swallow hairs when grooming – it’s only natural.
There are ways you can help, though. With a little care and attention, hairballs needn't be a problem.
- Brush long-haired cats daily and short-haired cats several times a week. Remember that cats shed more hair during the summer!
- Is she not a fan of the brush? Don’t worry, there are many options. Try a brush with different bristles, a glove or a comb.
- When hairballs are becoming a hassle, consider hairball reducing food or a mild laxative.
Visit the vet when…
- Your cat is vomiting once a month or more (especially for several consecutive months)
- There is frequent gagging and retching, but no vomiting
- She seems to have lost her appetite
- There’s constipation or diarrhoea