Hairballs?

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Hairballs?

Post by KathrynH » Sun Dec 30, 2007 7:45 pm

I posted a topic earlier kind of concerning this, but this is a little different. I had noticed that Buddha seems to love eating hair (his hair specifically...especially when I brush him and he's shedding). Well, now I have found small (like dime size, if that big) hairballs on the floor. I figure this is to be expected if he's eating hair, but I'm just concerned as to whether this will effect his health?
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Post by Layla » Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:12 pm

I don't know about Buddha eating his hair as neither of mine do that but I get those little hairballs on the floor anyway.... let me knwo if you figure out how to avoid it :roll: :D
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Post by vicster605 » Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:36 pm

Too Funny....I read this thread and couldn't think of what to say :lol: :lol: Now I'm confused.... :lol: :lol:
You saw little dime size balls of hair on the floor?? Have you ever seen a cat cough up a hair ball?? :lol: :lol: It isn't a hair ball actually but vomit with a big clump of hair in it :lol: :lol:
If your seeing lil' dime sized hair on the floor could it have fallen off your Chow?? :shock:
My two both will eat the fur that I rake out so I have to watch them both as I try and groom or they will have a mouth full.....don't think it hurts them but if they get a hair ball I'll let you know :lol: :lol: Have seen tons of lil' dime sized hair balls on the floor but I'm possitive the fell off my Chows LOL!! :wink:
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Post by KathrynH » Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:08 pm

That funny...actually, I know they were in his mouth because they were wet. I actually haven't seen a cat hack up a hairball, so I dont't actually know what a hairball is supposed to look like. I just assumed he was coughing them up, as he has been coughing a bit lately.
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Post by Mia » Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:18 am

Oh Vickster, I know you must have a cat because I do, and your description was perfect. Yuck!

Mia will pick up her hair sometimes if I am not careful and then spit it out, that may be what you are thinking of when you say chow-hairballs. She doesn't swallow it, she just picks it up, probably chews it a bit and then drops it out.

As opposed to a cat hairball which includes a lovely yellow vomit, just to help it keep shape. Yeeech.
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Post by vicster605 » Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:59 am

Mia, I used to have cats, all my life actually, always had one or two....my last one was a black persian....with gold eyes...her name was Jazz...had her for many years. :D Most all were persians, so I have seen my fair share of hairballs LOL!!!
My 2 girls will get a mouth full of hair and spit it back out leaving wet hair....or actually eat it if I don't catch them. I usually am grooming someone at the time....but the description of a hairball isn't as tidy as it sounds so if it isn't accompanied with some other stuff usually its just their strange habit of eating the stuff which I don't really understand but ALOT of em do it, they had a thread about that, if given the chance :roll: weirdo's :lol: :lol: Maybe they think its fiber LOL!!!
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Post by Boogie and Linda » Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:14 am

Mine lick they carpet where there is fur. They also lick the fur off of where ever the cat has been. They will chew the hair for a while but I don't think thy swallow it. Instead they try to spit it out when they are done which sometimes it gets stuck on their tongues so they hack.

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Post by ciaobella » Tue Jan 01, 2008 12:00 pm

That's funny, mine accidentally gets one hair in her mouth and does all those weird peanut butter on the roof of her mouth facial contortions trying to get it out. Won't eat or drink if there's a hair in her dish, either. Takes all kinds.
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Post by Aimee » Tue Jan 01, 2008 3:49 pm

haha this is so funny, rylee will do anything to grab the hair i brush out of her, but as soon as she has it in her mouth she obviously realises it isnt as wonderful to eat as she thought, but time and time again she will do this. its never had any bad effects and i dont imagin it ever will as dogs lick themselves and must get some hair in their mouth from this haha. we also find lil rolled up balls of her hair but they are not from her mouth. theyre just from off her body, especially around her crate which is where she sleeps at night :)
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