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The Trouble with Trichobezoars

If you have a cat, there's a good chance you've seen a trichobezoar or two. So, what is a trichobezoar? Your probably know it by it's more commonly used term: hairball. Gross as they are, hairballs are a pretty common problem for cat owners. Thankfully, they're not something you have to live with. As summer approaches and the weather warms up, your cat starts to shed more. And that's the beginning of "hairball season." Normal cats can spend up to 30% of their time grooming themselves--and, trust us, that's a lot of fur! How much your cat actually ingests depends on the length and density of  your cat's fur, but did you know that you can make an impact on how many hairballs your cat coughs up? Here's how to minimize "hairball season": - Groom your pet. Some cats won't be too thrilled at first, but most like the attention they get (and you get all of that extra fur). Pay special attention during spring and fall, when your cat's  undercoat loosens. If your cat is an indoor cat, she'll shed year-round, but that shedding will increase when it warms up outside. From combs and brushes to special grooming gloves and self-groomers, there's a wide assortment of grooming aids available. - Adjust your pet's diet. Nutrition is the single biggest external factor for animals and hairball problems. Feeding yoru cat a food that offers the perfect balance of fatty acids will promote a healthy skin and coat, which means that your pet will shed less. Hills Science Diet also makes a Hairball Control Formula that has both the ideal fatty acid balance, but also uses a unique fiber technology tand kibble design to help any hair that has been ingested to pass through your cat's system. Nobody likes hairballs, but with a bit of time and expertise, you can drastically cut down how many times you see their ugly little messes on your carpet!