Hairballs or Trichobezoars: They’re Nasty for Cats and Owners, Fashion for SomePublished May 1, 2012
Courtesy of Jo Singer
Although some folks may consider setting aside a special day to commemorate Hairball Awareness Day to be amusing, hairballs are nothing to laugh about. According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, a large clump of hair ingested by a kitty can be life threatening because hairballs can block the intestinal tract.
While it's normal for most cats to occasionally vomit up hairballs (1-4 times a month), if a cat vomits repeatedly, it can be a sign of a serious underlying medical condition; so it’s important to schedule a veterinary visit as soon as possible.
Even though hairballs are indeed a serious topic, let’s explore the topic’s lighter-side for a moment.
When I talk about hairballs with my cat loving friends, many of them have readily shared with me how grossed out they are when they get out of bed barefoot in the middle of the night and step onto a freshly deposited mass of sticky wet fur. YUCK! They squish between the toes and are cold and slimy. It’s enough to send chills down their spines.
Bearing this in mind, would you seriously consider adorning yourself with material made from what might ultimately turn into a hairball?
I was laughing out loud, gasping in disbelief, pondering up this question, while I was reading a (pardon the expression) plug on Moderncat.
Heidi Abrahamson, one of their modern jewelry makers “extraordinaire,” is transforming cat fur into fashionable jewelry using her silversmith skills and artistic eye for modern design. For those whose interest is piqued, enjoy the thought of having custom-made jewelry designed made from your kitty’s fur; contact Heidi directly for details and pricing.
While it may seem be rather bizarre at first to wear cat hair, on the other paw, “purrhaps” it may be the ultimate bonding experience with your kitty. Since the hair is gathered during grooming sessions, it also reduces the risk of those pesky, nasty hairballs.
What is your opinion about jewelry fashioned out of left-over feline fur? Share your thoughts with a comment.