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Cat hairballs are created because cats typically groom themselves every day and, in the process, ingest a certain amount of hair.  Hair is not digestible and can accumulate into a small lump called a hairball, also known by the medical term trichobezoar

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Why do cats get hairballs?

The hair that cats ingest while grooming is not digestible and can accumulate into a small lump called a hairball, also known by the medical term trichobezoar. 


How are hairballs treated?

Most cats respond well to paste laxatives that help lubricate the hairball so that it can pass more easily.  However, severe cases with signs of intestinal obstruction may require surgery to remove the hairball.


How can I protect my cat?

Prevention involves periodic use of paste laxatives, and regular grooming to remove loose hair.  There are also commercial diets that are specially formulated to minimize this problem. 

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