How to know if my cat has hairballs
The nature of the cats pushes them to wash themselves daily to be clean at all times. This means that they spend long moments of the day licking their hair and, therefore, introducing it into their digestive system. This causes large amounts of hair to accumulate in your stomach and form the familiar ' hairballs '. But are we aware of the seriousness of this condition? Hair balls of greater severity can cause health problems to our cat, especially when they can not expel them. If you want to discover how to know if your cat has hairballs, keep reading this article.
The tongue of cats is protected by a spiny tissue called papillae or conical papillae, which are nothing but small spines placed in the same direction. These thorns allow the feline to drink water and groom themselves, above all. At the time of grooming the hairs remain embedded between them making the cat have to swallow them, since there is no other way to eliminate them. This is why they ingest such large amounts of hair.
Healthy cats usually ingest hair and eliminate it naturally, through feces or through vomiting. Hairballs or Trichobezoars have an elongated shape and are composed of hair, saliva, gastric juices and, if you have just eaten, leftovers. It is not a strange thing that our feline vomits these balls since they all do it. The problem comes when you can not expel them or have difficulties doing so.
If this occurs, how can we know that the problem is hairballs? Cats show a series of symptoms when they can not or have difficulties to expel the balls. The first to appear are nausea, which should not be confused with coughing, and vomiting very often.
If you vomit more than usual, you will begin to lose weight and we will have to take our cat to the vet. The lack of appetite or, on the contrary, the increase are symptoms that can also appear if the problem is hairballs in the stomach or esophagus. It is important to visit a professional to analyze it and find out if the problem lies in that the ball can not be expelled in any way, because then it will require surgery to eliminate it.
If hairballs are found in the large intestine, one of the most common symptoms is constipation . One of the most effective natural remedies to help our felines get rid of trichobezoars is to provide them with plants to ingest. Probably you have noticed that when you start to have nausea to vomit the balls your cat eats plants from home or outside, it does to purge your stomach.
However, we can not provide you with any plant since some of them are very dangerous for them. The most recommended to eliminate hairballs is valerian, in addition to the easiest to find. Here is an article in which we detail which plants are toxic for cats.
Without a doubt, the best remedy, always, is prevention. To do this you should brush your cat's hair every day in order to eliminate all dead hair and avoid eating it during washing. Especially if your cat is long haired you should take this advice into account, since they are the most vulnerable to suffer this discomfort. Keep in mind that the seasons of the year in which more hair is released due to the change in temperature is in spring and summer.