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hairball

 [hār´bawl]
trichobezoar; a concretion of hair sometimes found in the stomach or intestines of humans or other animals.

hairball

(hâr′bôl′)
n.
A small mass of hair in the stomach or intestine of an animal, such as a cat, that is accumulated when the animal swallows hair while licking its coat.
A mass of foreign material in the stomach—food, mucus, vegetable fiber, hair, or other indigestible material—facilitated by partial or complete gastrectomy, as acid hydrolysis of gastric content is decreased; the mass is more easily palpable in trichobezoars than in phytobezoars

hairball

See BEZOAR.

hairball

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In some cases, frequent vomiting of hairballs may indicate an underlying gastrointestinal problem, such as inflammatory bowel disease, so it's a good idea to consult with your vet if you see any of these abnormal clinical signs.
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Hairballs are caused when a cat is grooming itself.
Extra fiber can be beneficial for some cats because it helps move hairballs through the digestive tract.
Hairballs are unpleasant but common, especially in longer haired cats, cats who obsessively groom themselves and cats that are heavy shedders.
Research into hairballs is scant, Martha Cannon, BA VetMB, a feline specialist in Oxford, England, noted in a review in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
If your cat retches without producing a hairball, contact his veterinarian for treatment and ask about providing a commercial food intended to prevent hairballs.
They are both vegetarians - rabbit food - although the only cuisine they share with the rabbits is fresh fruit and papaya tablets to help with hairballs (for the rabbits) and digestion (for the humans).
Regular brushing reduces shedding, mats and tangles and prevents hairballs.