Scampers News
This month's special offers
Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

Dealing with hairballs.

Dealing with hairballs.

Almost all cat owners have seen a hairball or heard the disturbing sound of their cat trying to cough one up. Hairballs are easy to recognise as they take the distinctive form of cylindrical (tube shaped) masses of hair. Sometimes a hairball will be accompanied by bile or food particles.

Hairballs form in your cat’s stomach from hair that they’ve swallowed, while grooming. Cats are unable to spit the hair out because their tongues are covered with hundreds of small backward pointing barbs. These barbs don’t allow hair to move forward out of your cat’s mouth.

Another reason why they occur is because cats are unable to excrete hair.


Usually swallowing hair isn’t a problem for cats, but sometimes the hair will build up in the stomach and form a hairball. Longhaired breeds are particularly susceptible to them.

If your cat gets the occasional hairball you needn’t worry. However if she is getting them regularly or seems to be having serious problems with one, you should talk to your vet.


Hairballs can cause problems if they harden in the stomach and the cat is unable to pass it. Signs that your cat may be having trouble with a hairball include:
hard stool with signs of hair
coughing or heaving particularly after eating
lack of interest in food


The best thing you can do to stop hairballs forming is to groom your cat regularly. With longhaired breeds this is a must. Brushing your cat will remove dead hair from her coat making it much less likely for her to swallow loose hair.

Most cats love being brushed, so this is an excellent opportunity to bond with your cat. Be extra diligent with brushing in the springtime when your cat is shedding its winter coat.

We believe the best way to help avoid excessive hairballs is to feed your cats a high protien, grain free biologically appropriate real food like Ziwi Peak, Orijen or Natural Instinct. All these diets will produce the very best coat condition.

These work by making it easier for your cat to simply pass hair through their body as part of digestion. Talk to a Scampers Pet Care Advisor who will be able to recommend the best solution for you.

Scampers is located in Soham, on the A142 Soham By-Pass, between Ely and Newmarket.

More Healthcare Ė your catís nine lives Articles:
Cat FIPROtec Combo
Beaphar FIPROtec COMBO Spot On Solution for Cats contains Fi...
Yumove Advance for Cats
Does your cat show signs of stiff...
WORMClear for Cats
Beaphar WORMclear - Vet strength wormer for cats. ...
Medipet Silent Mousse Coat Deodor...
Your cat has built-in grooming tools (their tongue and ...
Cats Wickedly Raw Superfood
Did you know that your cat doesn't digest highly-processed p...
Beaphar FIPROtec for Cats
Beaphar FIPROtec® Spot-On Solution for Cats kills flea...
Johnson's Fipronil Spot-on for Ca...
What is Fipronil Spot-on? Each pipette of product ...
At Scampers we help our customers to choose the correc...
Fat Cats
Is your cats hug too healthy!?   &n...
Drontal Plus
For 18 years, Drontal Plus has been overwhelmingly the ...
Poisonous Plants - Cats
Some of the following plants can be toxic to your cat. Check...
Neutering your cat.
Neutering is a routine veterinary procedure, which involves ...

View all Healthcare Ė your catís nine lives Articles

Proudly Supporting the Liam Fairhurst Foundation

Your Natural Pet's Choice
Symply Logo   Acana Logo   Orijen Logo   Natures Menu Logo   Raw is Best Logo   Lily's Kitchen Logo   Almo Nature Logo   Ziwi Peak Logo   Taste of the Wild Logo   Markus Muhle Logo   Billy and Margot   Thrive   Farm Food   Barker and Barker   Betty Miller   Canagan   Din Dins   Nose2Tail   Lovejoys   Pure Dog   Gentle   Soopa   Roots   Diet Dog   anco Bakes   anco Naturals   anco Feelwells   The Innocent Hound   Nutriment Raw   Oceans   SmartBarf   Woof and Brew   Applaws