Do you know what today is? In celebration, Seren-kitty left me a “present.” She has good aim. She nailed the buttons on my printer, the scanner that sits next to it, AND a couple of books stacked on the scanner. One of the books was borrowed. But it’s my own fault. That hairball had to come out somewhere.
Have you ever discovered the latest squishy “kitty creation” by stepping on it, barefoot, at 3 a.m.? Ewww!
Cats, and some dogs (Pomeranian owners, am I right?!) swallow fur during self-grooming. Hopefully it ends up in the litter box or yard. But when it comes out the other end, the cat vomits hotdog or cigar-shaped hairballs.
Shedding season increases the odds kitty will “urk” more often, especially in longhair cats. The techie term for hairball is a “bezoar.” I warn you, don’t click that link until after breakfast. I’m not posting a picture cuz I don’t want readers to “urk.” (Turns out, humans get bezoars, too, Ewww!)
I’m fortunate that Seren has short fur, but even that can accumulate and be swallowed. We kid that fur in a pet home should be considered a condiment, but if kitty swallows too much, it stops up the system. Baseball-size hairballs have been removed from cats. Most cases won’t need surgery, though, and most hairballs can be easily eliminated.
The no-brainer solution is to groom kitty and pull off the fuzz before it gets swallowed. I have grooming tools–the Furminator (above) is awesome and works especially well on the Magical-Dawg. (I don’t even wanna think what size bezoars he’d produce!) And Seren enjoys the attention. Here are 7 more ways to manage hairballs.
So yes, I know, I already admitted this was my fault. Luckily the printer, scanner, and books cleaned up with only trace evidence of kitty DNA left behind.
Seren just smiles. She’s always been critical of my reading material.
Do your cats get hairballs? What do you do to prevent ’em? What about your DOGS and hairballs? Cats that groom dog friends increase their hairball risk, too. Do your fur-kids like or loathe grooming. What are some tricks you use to keep a handle on fuzzy-icity? Please share!
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