NATIONAL HAIRBALL AWARENESS DAY
On the last Friday in April, National Hairball Awareness Day draws attention to a problem many cat lovers face.
The formation of hairballs is a common feline condition that is brought on by self-grooming and the associated ingestion of hair. Cats pass the hair through their digestive track or will vomit the hairball. If they don’t eliminate the hairball from their digestive track one way or the other, hairballs can create an obstruction. Obstructions can cause serious medical issues for a cat.
Tips for Managing Hairballs
- Regular grooming helps reduce the amount of hair your cat ingests. Bushing your cat every day also has the added benefits of reducing the amount of shed hair around the house and offers your cat some extra attention.
- Look for products that help to prevent hairballs. Shampoos and wipes may reduce the amount of shedding.
- Some types of cat food may help to reduce the amount of shedding, too. Designed to improve the health of a cat’s coat, the foods are nutritionally packed.
HOW TO OBSERVE #HairballAwarenessDay
Cat lovers celebrate the day by taking steps to prevent hairballs. Give your pet the best care possible. Share your love for your cat using #HairballAwarenessDay on social media.
NATIONAL HAIRBALL AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
Dr. Blake Hawley of Hill’s Pet Nutrition out of Topeka, Kansas founded National Hairball Awareness Day to provide solutions to cat owners and help them understand why their cats get hairballs.
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