My cat sheds like crazy and has had a propensity to hack up hairballs fairly often throughout her life ... she is now 13. Well, about a year ago she developed what appears to be IBD (we did all the tests but stopped short of the biopsy).
So I have read in various blogs that researchers think there might be a link between hairballs and IBD. The thought is after so much hairball irritation the intestines get inflammed and maybe scarred and react to the hair. Its so bad that not only does she vomit hairballs but her poop is basically 60% hair..... yes I did check closely with gloves on.
Well in my case my cat Precious has had 4 or 5 bad IBD downturns over the past year - each one of them started off with her hacking up a hairball. So I am wondering if this is the culprit. I have a furminator but even after brushing for 20 minutes and after handfuls of hair there is no end to it. I have lately considered just shaving her. It would be strange for both of us but if it stops the IBD flares it will probably be worth it.
Anybody have a thought or insight??