Did you know that today, April 27th, is National Hairball Awareness Day?
I bet that not many people do, that is why I have teamed up with Hills Pet Nutrition to spread awareness about hairballs
You are in the right place.
I happen to love cats. I just don’t live with any cats. The husband clams that he is allergic. A few hives and some puffy eyes never really hurt anyone, but I’ll let him have it.
Therefore, I get my cat fix at work from the hundreds of cats that walk through our door. I also get to catch some snuggle time with 2 of our hospital cats.
They don’t mind if I use them to get my cat fix on.
They also don’t mind retching up hairballs in the worst spots possible, like on the computer keyboards in the reception area. The place where I enter all my exam notes.
Have you ever went to type something and then said:
Eww… What is that?
Well, if you have, don’t freak out in front of clients sitting in the waiting room like me and more importantly keep your curse words to a whisper, and remember:
- Hairballs are common for cats.
- Cats ingest quite a bit of hair because their tongues are covered in tiny barbs (papillae) that act like brushes when they clean.
- This hair builds up in their system until it is expelled, which is when the owner finds it.
- Indoor cats that get bored may groom themselves more often which can result in more hairballs.
- Hairball activity can be more active in the spring and fall- when shedding is at its peak.
- Brushing your cat helps remove excess fur, and decrease hairballs. Brushing once a day may be often enough for long haired cats, 1-3 times a week for short haired cats.
- When a hairball occurs, hair often does not come up alone; any food in your cat’s system may come up too, causing an even bigger mess. YUCK!
So is there any hope out there for me and the cats that I share my computer with?
Of course there is!
Most cats spend up to 30% of their time grooming themselves and in the process up to two-thirds of what a cat sheds can be ingested. Even though it’s a natural part of a cat’s life, there are still plenty of ways to help minimize hairballs. The first way to combat the “hairball battle” is to get in the habit of grooming your kitty daily. This will remove a majority of the excess fur so what they do ingest will pass through with no problem. The second is to ensure your cat is eating a food with a perfect balance of fatty acids. Fatty acids are the fundamental building blocks for healthy skin and coat. With the right nutrition and good grooming habits, your cat can celebrate national hairball day free of the horrible hairballs!
- To celebrate National Hairball Awareness Day on April 27, 2012, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, makers of Science Diet® and Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, is giving away terrific prizes between April 23 and May 4th.
- Prizes will include a free bag of one of Hill’s® Science Diet® Hairball Control products that can help avoid hairballs in just 30 days and a $20 PETCO gift card.
Head over to Hill’s Facebook page to sign up for a chance to win some great prizes, and while you are there, play some Hairball Battle! Hairball Battle is a fun, interactive game where you can actually toss hairballs at your friends on Facebook! You even get to pick from a full cast of gross looking hairballs. I threw the grossest one I could find at my BFF!
So tell me, do you have a cat who pukes up hairballs in the worst spots possible? Have you ever stepped in it? What steps do you take to help prevent hairballs?