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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What To Expect and The Do’s and Don’ts of Boarding Your Cat

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Even though it still may seem like the dead of winter, spring is right around the corner. And with it, the spring and summer travel season. Are you thinking ahead to who will care for your cat while you’re away from home?

Cats generally do not travel well, and take a lot of time to adjust to new places. Spending your time on your trip helping your cat adjust can take up most of your vacation. Asking a friend to look after your cat isn’t always the right option.

Professional cat boarding can give you peace of mind while you’re away. Knowing your cat will be well taken care of and safe is an important consideration of choosing a boarding kennel for her.

Here, True Care Veterinary Hospital shares the dos and don’ts of boarding your cat.

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