Cat Problems – How to Prevent Hairballs
If you have owned a cat, especially one of the long hired varieties you will be familiar with the problems of cat trees and hairballs. All cats suffer from them to a lesser or greater degree but are a particular concern to the owners of long haired cats.
The basic problem is that as the cat cleans itself it licks its fur and as a result swallows large quantities of its own hair. This slowly works its way down into its digestive system. Hopefully it will work its way through the system and be evacuated in the normal way. However, some will remain in the stomach and eventually this will collect with other undigested hair and form into a ball of matted cat hair. Sometimes this ball can grow quite large and become a threat to the cats’ health and welfare.