November 26, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - General
Hairballs are cat furs formed inside the stomach when the cat tries to digest her own furs. Cats often develop hairball problem during the shedding season. If the cat keeps on shedding, it will have a high risk of swallowing the hair that drop on the ground resulting in eating some of it too. The hairball affects the digestion of the stomach and prevents the stomach juices from breaking down.
Although cat hairball symptoms are not of serious problem, there should be a trip to your vet’s office if your cat vomits profusely at least thrice weekly.
The cat hairball symptoms include appetite loss, vomiting and coughing. The hairball that is stuck in the throat caused the cat to keep on coughing, as if she wants to get rid of something from her mouth. One of the most common cat hairball symptoms include cat vomiting out the hairball. If the cat manages to vomit out the hairball, she will recover back to normal condition again.
Other cat hairball symptoms include weight loss, frequent diarrhoea and consistent retching or hacking that does not result in a hairball.
In severe cases, the stomach of the cat will bulge and look swollen. It feels hard when you touch the stomach. The hard part is the furs accidentally swallowed into the stomach.
Cats that do not defecate may suffer with hairball problem. Such hairballs block the channel where the faeces are to move out from the body. The blockades cause the cat unable to defecate. Cats that do not defecate suffer from serious disease because the body is unable to clear way the toxin. You will know if the cat is not defecating properly by observing the litter box. A clean litter box means that the cat has not been defecating.
The cat can suffer from a serious asthma attack if she is unable to cough out the hairball. An immediate step advised is to seek the attention of an experience veterinary doctor, if you find your cat is in exasperation or coughing for several days continuously. The veterinary doctor will perform a full body check to determine the cause of the condition. If the hairball causes intestinal blockade, the next best thing is to put your cat under surgeons glove, which is very costly affair for the owner and also dangerous to your cat. Hence it is advisable to go for prevention of occurrence of hairball among cats.