Hairballs In Cats: Are They Normal?

A cat stares at his human cleaning up a hairball.

That dreaded hack is something most cat owners don’t want to hear from their furry friends, because they know the end result is almost always a mess. At one point or another, though, the majority of cats will experience this loud and yucky ritual. The hacking cough we are describing is most notably associated with gagging or vomiting up a wad of undigested fur, also known as a hairball. Some cats may suffer from these, dare we say, disgusting oddities more than others, especially if they have long hair.

Hairballs in cats are something we often get asked about here at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center. Cat owners who are new to the hairball want to know if they’re normal or a cause for concern. Don’t worry, we have you covered (and not in undigested hair). Let’s explore this phenomenon in cats and what you can do to prevent future hairballs:

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What You Should Know About Zoonotic Diseases in Pets

Cat at vet exam sniffing vial of medicine.

Over the past few centuries, we have had the pleasure of being the company of a wide range of animals, from farm animals like cows, pigs, and sheep to our domestic indoor friends, dogs, cats, and small and exotic animals. The time we have spent with furry, scaled, and feathered companions have given us fascination, love, and companionship

Unfortunately, as with any species, humans included, certain diseases and illnesses are present and can be shared between certain species. Since the onset of SARS, coronavirus, and other contagious diseases, you have probably heard the word, zoonotic. There are a few zoonotic diseases that our pets can come into contact with (and expose to their human family, too). Let’s take a closer look at some of these and their prevention.

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Identifying and Correcting Common Pet Behavior Problems

A grey cat opens its mouth wide.

Pets are the light of our lives, but it goes without saying that we don’t love everything about them. Pet behavior problems are common, and can put a real damper on our enjoyment of our furry friends.

A thorough understanding of the common pet behavior problems is the first step towards correcting them. The good news is that most behavior issues can be fixed relatively simply and quickly.

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Trusted Tips for Training Your New Pet

If your family is among those who grew by four paws during the pandemic, you might be on the hunt for information about training your new pet. There is a lot of information out there, but not all of it is good. Your team at Animal Family Care Veterinary Center is glad to help you sort through what’s out there and even bring you some of our own expert tips!

Fundamentals of Training Your New Pet

When it comes to training your new pet, there are some basic concepts that are essential for success. 

Our favorite buzz words include:

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The Importance of Safe Exercise for Pets After Surgery

Your pet’s successful recovery from any surgery will be due, in large part, to the post-op care they receive at home, from you. Rest and recovery, as well as regular administration of any prescribed medications, are essential for healing. 

Getting the body accustomed to moving again is also a key component of recovery after surgery, but this will need to be done in safe, incremental steps. Having a game plan in place is key when it comes to introducing exercise for pets after surgery, and the team at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center is here to help!

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The Good, the Bad, and the Trendy: Fad Diets for Dogs

dog food diet fads

With food of all kinds readily available, and new fad diets and ideas about eating that emerge every year (all claiming to be the healthiest), it’s easy to spend a lot of time thinking about what we eat. It’s no surprise that many pet owners are also focused on best options for their furry friend’s diet – after all, pets deserve to live long and healthy lives, too!

From raw diets to grain-free, the choices can seem overwhelming. This is why the team at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center is here to sift through the choices and spotlight some of the fad diets for dogs, so you can make an informed decision.

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Are You Avoiding Giving Your Cat Exercise Opportunities?

It’s not that whacky to think that our pet cats actually disdain some of the things we do. We’re not talking about vacuuming the floor or using the (really loud) blender for smoothies. No, cats seemingly sneer at us when we lace up for a jog, or tune up our bikes for the trail. Do we avoid cat exercise because they appear to dislike it? 

Perhaps. 

But with feline obesity on the rise each year, we must all do our part to instill a love of feline fitness. Here we have 5 possible reasons to explain why you (and your cat) may be shirking the responsibility.

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Those Terrible Teens: You and Your Adolescent Puppy

Much like human pre-teens and teens, adolescence in dogs can be a challenging time. 

Like a teenager, in fact, you may notice your dog expressing themselves in ways you don’t always appreciate, such as ignoring commands, wanting to roam, etc. This age – when your pet is 6 months or so – is prime time for reinforcing good behavior, especially if you don’t want the “bad” behaviors to stick.

Your friends at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center are here with suggestions for you and your adolescent puppy. We can help explain what to expect during the terrible teens to make them terrific for you and your bestie. 

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Cats and People, Together Forever

Girl playing with cat on a table

People honored with the privilege of cat ownership usually know – and distinctly remember – the first moment they saw their cat.

Some owners never had a plan to adopt and spontaneously did so moments after being introduced. Others prepared for their cat’s initial arrival like they would the Queen of England. Indeed, the connection between cats and people is recognized far and wide, and the indelible impression on our hearts makes us forever grateful. 

Heart to Heart

Evidence suggests that simply being near cats, let alone snuggling with them, increases the production of oxytocin, the love hormone. This hormone facilitates the deep bond between cats and people, but we’re not the only ones that benefit from it. Cats, too, produce oxytocin when in the company of their beloved person. 

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