How often do cats get hairballs

How do I recognize Trichobezoar in cats?

As soon as you notice a decrease in food and water consumption in your cat, it shows a clearly weakened general condition or pain when palpating its abdomen, you should consult a veterinarian immediately. It is also advisable to telephone the veterinarian beforehand about the imminent visit so that he can prepare everything necessary for an emergency situation.

In order to diagnose an acute change in the position of the gastrointestinal tract caused by the hairball in the cat, the vet scans the abdominal region during the circulatory stabilization measures. If the cat reacts painfully and the abdominal wall is very tense, this is a sign that something is happening in the abdomen.

Changes in the position of the gastrointestinal tract include in particular:

  • A torsion of the stomach (torsio ventriculi) with inflation (tympany)
  • An incomplete or complete intestinal obstruction (ileus)

Using imaging methods such as X-rays, the veterinarian is also able to take a closer look at the organs of the abdominal cavity. Administration of contrast media can also rule out an intestinal obstruction.

If Trichobezoar is suspected, blood is often taken from the cat, as, for example, an increased lactate value is a sign of a change in the position of the gastrointestinal tract.