Cats and Hairballs

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Cats spend up to 1/3 of their waking hours cleaning and grooming themselves. While this natural instinct for cleanliness makes cats ideal house pets, it can contribute to the formation of hairballs, also known as trichobezoars or bezoars.

During cleaning and grooming, tiny barbs on your cats tongue pull loose hairs from their coat. These hairs are swallowed. Since hair is largely indigestible, it is not dissolved by the cat’s digestive system. In some cats, the swallowed hair accumulates in the stomach and intestine. This accumulated hair can interfere with normal digestion and elimination.

Hairballs can cause chronic vomiting, constipation, lethargy, and/or loss of appetite. The most dramatic sign is the vomited hairball, which is usually a tubular mass of wet compacted hair. Hairballs are very uncomfortable f r your cat and can lead to more serious complications such as dehydration, weight loss or intestinal obstruction.

What can be done?

Daily brushing of your cat’s fur to remove loose hair is good preventative practice. Longhaired breeds may need extra brushing. During the spring and summer months, cats shed their winter coat, so daily brushing is especially important.

In addition to brushing the coat, medications can be used to help eliminate hairballs ad prevent their recurrence. Laxair contains a gentle effective lubricant to aid in the elimination of swallowed hair and preventions of hairballs. Most cats love the taste.

Remember, your cats depend on you for all their health care needs. Brush your cats, give hairball remedies regularly, and always follow the advice of your veterinarian.

At the time of this submission there are no dogs or cats available for adoption.

To read Mesquite City Codes on animals please follow the three steps below:

  1. http://www.mesquitenv.gov/city-government/city-code
  2. To view the City Code Click Here
  3. Title 10- Animal Control

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

The animals submitted to the media may have changes so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl  and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER

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