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Cat Hairball Control

We often joke with friends and family that they sound like they’re choking on a hairball during a coughing spell or choking spell. While this gives everyone a good chuckle, when cats get a hairball in their throat, it can be serious business. For this reason, you want to do everything in your power as a cat owner to ensure hairballs are not a problem for your feline friend. Webmd.com may have said it best with this: “Hairballs in cats are unpleasant. And they’re not just disagreeable for the person who has to clean them up -- they can cause intestinal blockages, which can be a serious health problem for your cat.” Zen Pet Supplies carries the products you need to help rid your cat of the dreaded hairball. We have hairball treatments that help these nasty buggers easily pass through your cat’s digestive system. If you give this to your cat on a regular basis, you will help to prevent future build-up of cat hair, which is ingested while cats groom themselves.
One of our hairball solutions is made with a unique blend of natural ingredients specifically formulated to help reduce shedding and prevent hairballs. You may be wondering how hairballs develop and why some cats have them more often than others. It all depends on how meticulous your cat is about self-grooming. If your cat licks constantly, you can bet on seeing some hairballs in the very near future. When your cat grooms himself, tiny hook-like structures on his tongue catch loose and dead hair that’s swallowed by your cat. The majority of this hair passes all the way through the digestive tract with no problems, but the hair that stays in the stomach, forms what know as a hairball. Eventually, your cat will regurgitate (throw up/vomit) the hairball to get rid of it. Why do hairballs not appear round as their name indicates? Great question! According to Webmd, “Because hairballs pass through the narrow esophagus on the way out, they often appear thin and tubelike, rather than round.” And that, my friends, is your cat hairball fun fact for the day courtesy of Zen Pet Supplies.

Your cat will exhibit any or all of these symptoms if he’s got a hairball stuck in his esophagus: Ongoing vomiting, gagging, dry heaving, or hacking without producing a hairball; no appetite; no energy (lethargic); constipated; diarrhea. If these symptoms persist and your cat is unable to get rid of the hairball, you should take your cat to a vet. You can do a couple of different things to minimize your cat’s chances of developing hairballs. If you think your cat grooms excessively, train him to do some other activity rather than licking his coat. You may want to teach him to play with a new toy or do something else that won’t possibly cause him harm. Please check out the hairball shampoo and other cat hairball control products at Zen Pet Supplies today.