Vomiting and Hairballs
by Connor Ford on Jan 28, 2019
Why do cats get hairballs?
Most indoor cats spend 60% of their day grooming themselves or their friends, grooming keeps them clean, soothes them, calms them and cools them (through evaporation) when the temperatures rise. All this grooming is what causes the dreaded hairballs which can cause vomiting.... those painful looking, gut wrenching vomit spells....poor fur babies!
Sometimes the cats will have a hard time expelling the hairball and will go in search of things like the cardboard from your toilet paper roll or chewing on your houseplants? Many times this is because your cat craves fiber... or maybe your cat is just having fun unraveling your toilet paper, but that's not always the case. Cats have a knack for searching out what they need, unfortunately what they find it is not always safe. Growing your own cat grass inside your home is a perfect solution.
Growing your own cat grass.
Growing your own cat grass actually helps aid their digestion by providing a number of vitamins and minerals and helps prevent hairballs from forming by adding fiber. It also keeps your cat from seeking pesticide ridden grass outdoors or poisonous indoor houseplants, or your toilet paper roll. The fiber helps ease an upset stomach. Cats also need folic acid (vitamin B9) which helps aid digestion and is found in cat grass but not toilet paper rolls, what a coincidence!
While Cat grass helps prevent hairballs it can also induce vomiting for good reasons, maybe your cat has an allergic reaction to a certain food or your cat has simply scarfed down some indigestible matter. The fiber in the cat grass helps rid their system of any potential toxins.
As cats get older their metabolism slows down just like us, this can cause constipation and tummy pains and if you can imagine.... a hairball on top of all that. Whether your cat is in need of hairball relief, vitamins or just has a sensitive stomach cat grass is a perfect solution. And believe it or not this goes for more than just our furry cat friends but dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles and more pets we love can all benefit from the nutritional value found in cat grass.
Note: If your cat is coughing or gagging regularly, never just assume that it’s a hairball. If you’re in any doubt, always have a chat with your vet.