Friday, April 27th is National Hairball Awareness Day.
Celebrated on the last Friday in April, it is listed as one of the Pet Health Awareness Events of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The formation of hairballs is a common feline condition that is brought on by self-grooming and the associated ingestion of hair. While not usually an issue (except to your carpet), hairballs can occasionally collect in the stomach or small intestine, and can cause a potentially life-threatening blockage in the digestive system. Don’t wait to contact your veterinarian if your cat continues to gag, retch or vomit without producing a hairball, loses his appetite, has diarrhea or constipation, or is lethargic.
For some helpful tips on reducing or eliminating hairballs, check out the following website: http://cattime.com/cat-facts/health/2134-national-hairball-awareness-day