A Hairy Situation: Hairballs in Cats 

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Almost every cat owner is familiar with the hacking and gagging noises cats make (usually at 2 am) as they prepare to cough up a hairball. If you groan when you hear this and wonder if  anything can be done about it, True Care Veterinary Hospital has good news for you!

But are you ready to tackle the hairy situation that is hairballs in cats? 

How Do Hairballs Happen? 

Cats are consummate groomers that work hard to keep their coats immaculate. While grooming themselves with their sharp tongues, cats ingest hair that has been shed. Fur cannot be broken down by the digestive tract, and if it doesn’t pass through, it can collect in the intestine.

Although this hair typically passes through the digestive tract and is excreted in the stool, sometimes it may remain in the stomach and gradually accumulate into a wet clump – the hairball. 

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When It’s Too Cold Outside, Try These Indoor Pet Activities 

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It’s safe to say that we all slow down a little bit in the winter months. Even those of us trying to shed holiday pounds can grow weary of the daily grind this time of year. 

The seasonal conundrum that also affects our beloved pets – they want to run around and play, but sometimes it’s just too cold to enjoy doing so outside. Indoor pet activities can change the game plan at home, and keep everyone fit and happy.

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