Yes, lions get hairballs. Cats are carnivores and they eat meat, which means that their diet is high in protein. The body breaks down the protein into amino acids, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream. These amino acids are used to make new proteins for growth and repair.
The body uses a lot of energy to digest protein and it also produces a lot of waste products – this is called urea. Urea is poisonous if it builds up in the bloodstream so the kidneys get rid of it by passing it out in the urine.
Cats with long fur have a problem because their fur acts like a sponge – trapping dust, dander and other particles from the environment as well as their own shed hair. Their longhaired coats act as an excellent insulator against cold weather but they need regular grooming to remove these trapped particles so they do not irritate their skin or lungs.
Last modified: November 5, 2022