years ago, one of my dearest friends and co-workers was
about to mark the passage of another year. I wanted to
make her birthday special and dispense with the usual
office ho-hum birthday that offers wishes to the
celebrant over a cake.
searched the Web for ideas and realized that her
birthday fell close to an obscure holiday that seemed to
fit her to a tee. For many years before she retired,
former features editor Betsy Lammerding kept her
co-workers chuckling with daily reports of her current
catís catastrophes and craziness.
in her honor, we celebrate National Hairball Awareness
Day, April 27.
matter what entertains our resident feature creatures,
cat lovers know that hairballs are serious issues.
tips were supplied by Petco to help cat owners whose
furry friends suffer from hairballs.
Tip One: De-shed
hair a cat swallows while grooming is passed naturally
through the digestive tract, but when it gets caught in
the stomach, it can form a hairball. Removing excess
hair by brushing and grooming a cat regularly can help
limit the amount of loose hair that can ultimately get
caught inside the kitty. Plus, petting and brushing a
cat regularly will keep them emotionally happy.
Tip Two: Nutrition
nutrition is also vital in helping a petís physical
health and preventing hairballs. Certain types of cat
food can reduce shedding and help hair move through the
catís digestive tract. Hairball control cat food
contains vegetable fibers to help this process. If
changing a petís food isnít ideal, try hairball
relief chews that can prevent hairballs from forming.
Ensuring a cat has enough fiber in its diet and drinks
plenty of water will also help its physical health and
diminish hairballs. For cats with a more persistent
problem, try a hairball lubricant that helps the cat
pass the problem hair more easily.
Tip Three: Veterinary supplements
veterinarian can recommend a supplement that can prevent
hair from clumping. If a cat has an overly matted coat,
is lethargic, has a swollen stomach or is constipated,
these may be signs itís time to see the vet.