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|A short summary of the history of hairballs|
|Written by Stacy Mantle|
|Wednesday, 25 April 2012 15:13|
If you have a cat, you've no doubt experienced hairballs. We curse them as we step out of bed with bare feet, warn our dogs not to eat them, search out holistic and homeopathic remedies to make the cats stop producing them... But hairballs remain a fact of life. For this reason, it seems completely normal to us that there would be a day commemorating them.
This year, National Hairball Awareness Day falls on the last Friday of April – which is just around the corner. So today we’re going to talk about a few things you may not be aware of. For example,
We’re going to tell you in this article because I’m sure you’ll agree that these are all critical pieces of information you need to know...
Hairball Museum Exhibits
Now in it’s sixth year, the National Museum of Health and Medicine offer a very specific exhibit: The Hairball Exhibit
The annual exhibit features both animal and human hairballs (also called trichobezoars). Trichobezoar is a word derived from the Persian word “Bezoar” which means, “Protection from poison.” Bezoars (hairballs) were once thought to be a universal antidote against poisoning and were used in 11th century Europe for various ailments. China still uses ground-up cow bezoars as a medicine to prevent mouth disease. The exhibit contains 3 human hairballs and several pet hairballs. We think a visit to this museum would be well worth your time!
15 Things You May Not Know About Hairballs
Take a look at the Top Fifteen Things you Probably Didn’t Know about Hairballs (did you know that the average cat consumes 173 grams of cat hair each year? That’s the equivalent of 86 Ruby-throated hummingbirds. Or $7.50 in quarters!
10 Creative Uses for Hair (and hairballs)
As part of our tribute to hairballs, we’ve created a list of 10 Creative Things You Can Do with Hair & Hairballs. These range from making special insulated bird nests for your feathered friends to selling your most distinctive cat hair ball on Ebay...
Ways to Prevent Hairballs
Cats ingest hair because their tongues are covered in tiny barbs (papillae) that act like brushes when they clean themselves. Many things can result in excess hairballs forming in your cat, including boredom, health problems and poor diets. You can help your cat by brushing long-haired cats daily and short-haired cats at least once per week.
A Fun Way to Pass the Time
Want to learn more about hairballs (and have some fun at the same time)? Visit the Hairball Battle and get your hairball war rolling.
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|Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 06:36|
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