National Hairball Awareness Day
Cats get hairballs…right? Yes, and no. For many cats, the occasional hairball is normal and healthy, but be aware of signs that these hairballs might be harming them.
For those who love cats, a hairball every now and then isn’t much to worry about. It’s just cats doing their cat thing, so why should you worry? That’s why National Hairball Awareness Day exists.
This holiday aims to bring awareness to the consequences that hairballs can have on your cat’s health. It also strives to remove the stereotype that cats have when it comes to their habits of coughing up hairballs.
History of National Hairball Awareness Day
Launched in 2006 by the National Museum of Health and Medicine, National Hairball Awareness Day aims to help educate people about hairballs. They want pet owners to know why it’s essential to pay attention to your cat when they have a hairball.
Listed under the Pet Health Awareness Events of the American Veterinary Medical Association, National Hairball Awareness Day brings awareness to the dangers that hairballs can have to your cats. Hairballs are a collection of fur, which when it gets too big, gets coughed or vomited back up.
For many, it’s disgusting but its a healthy thing for cats to do. However, if too much hair remains in the stomach or intestines, it can cause serious consequences. If a cat continues to vomit, gag, lose their appetite, have diarrhea or constipation then it means that its time to visit your veterinarian to get your cat checked.
Cats are well-loved creatures in spite of their hairball coughing tendencies. National Hairball Awareness Day reminds people to take care of their cats and pay close attention to their health.
Hairballs can show the existence of more serious health issues and National Hairball Awareness Day is a good time to see your local veterinarian. Hairballs are normal when it happens every once in a while. While it is healthy for them, if it’s consistent, then it time to take care of your cat, whether they like it or not.
How to celebrate National Hairball Awareness Day
Check up on your pet cat today and see how their health has been recently. Pet them, keep an eye on them throughout the next few weeks and see how often they cough up hairballs. If it’s more consistent than usual, then take them to the vet.
Tell others about the facts you learn about hairballs. Let your friends know about the dangers of what too many hairballs can do to their cats. Share this holiday on with your friends and family members about this holiday and spread the word about hairballs.