The CatCentric team has been very busy and three more articles have been published or updated!
The first is Laurie Goldstein’s detailed discussion on hairball remedies: Hairballs: Species-Appropriate Treatment. Contrary to common thinking, throwing up clumps of hair is not normal, not cute or funny, and more than one or two incidents a month should be viewed as the serious indication of a compromised digestive system they surely are. Frequently, simply switching to a fresh food diet will alleviate the symptoms and allow the cat’s digestive tract to heal, but if enough damage has been done and enough inflammation exists, further steps need to be taken to support the kitty’s health. Our understanding of the cat’s unique and specialized digestive system continues to grow, and each new piece of information underscores the importance of feeding these obligate carnivores according to their specialized nature, even when trying to control chronic vomiting (and diarrhea, too). At best, the typical approach of adding fiber to the cat’s diet or feeding it petroleum jelly just masks the symptoms, at worst, these products contribute to additional inflammation. Read Laurie’s article to find out what you should do to help your cat manage ingested hair!
The second and third articles are CatCentric’s first foray outside the English language. I am exceptionally excited about this particular expansion, and it wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for Tania Iberians, Dolores Lara, and Tamar Alvarez, three very smart, cat loving ladies who volunteered their time to help out other cat owners. I am especially pleased that the first two Spanish translations are two of the most often read articles on the CatCentric website.
NOTE: CatCentric readers – If you are fluent in both English and another language and would be willing to translate articles for us, please contact me! It is our goal to have as many of our articles in as many languages as possible, and we need your help to make that happen.