Hairball Awareness Day

Here at Cambridge Veterinary Care, we like to keep track of the unofficial pet holidays. There’s an important one coming up. April 26th is Hairball Awareness Day. We know, hairballs aren’t Fluffy’s cutest trick. It’s much more fun to talk about Hug Your Cat Day or Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. However, hairballs are a common issue with our feline pals. They can also be quite dangerous! Read on as a local Somerville, MA vet discusses hairballs.

How Hairballs Form

One of the best things about kitties is the fact that they are so clean. Fluffy will diligently groom herself every day to keep her coat soft and shiny. Sooner or later, your furry little diva will swallow her own hair during these beauty sessions. Unfortunately, cats cannot digest their own hair. We don’t have to tell you what happens next. Suffice it to say, it’s not very pleasant for either of you.

Prevention Tips

There are some things you can do to reduce the amount of hairballs your furry friend gets. Simply brushing your feline buddy will help quite a bit. You’ll be grabbing all of that dead hair and dander with a brush before she swallows it. This is particularly important for longhaired kitties. It’s also important to make sure your kitty is eating good, nutritious food that contains plenty of fatty acids and Omega 3 oils. This will keep Fluffy’s pretty coat nourished and shiny, which will in turn reduce the amount of dead, dried fur she sheds. We also recommend keeping your pet indoors. Not only will your furball shed less, she’ll also be safer! Last but not least, ask your vet about hairball prevention products. As the name suggests, these are specifically made to help prevent hairballs.


Hairballs aren’t uncommon in our feline friends. However, they aren’t always just an unsightly nuisance. Sometimes cats aren’t able to expel their hairballs in the usual way. When this happens, the hairballs can get lodged in their intestines. This is both painful and very dangerous. In some cases, it can even be life-threatening! Keep an eye out for warning signs. If your furry buddy is producing more hairballs than usual, dry heaving, or vomiting excessively, call your vet right away.

Please reach out to us, your local Somerville, MA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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