Why do cats get hairballs?

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Have you ever seen a cat giving him or herself a bath? Cats clean themselves using their special tongues! Because a cat’s tongue is brush-like, some of their hair gets caught in the tongue when they lick themselves clean. Usually this hair passes when the cat goes to the bathroom, but sometimes a little bit of it will stay in the stomach.

When a little bit of hair has built up in the stomach, cats spit it back up in the form of a hairball! Certain cats, like cats with longer hair or cats who groom themselves a lot, are more likely to get hairballs than others.

Since we clean ourselves with soap and water instead of with our tongues, we don’t have to worry about spitting up a hairball! Instead of licking to get clean, we just have to suds up a nice, warm washcloth!
 

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    Even though it can be yucky, most cats who get a hairball spit it up without any problems. However, hairballs can occasionally be troublesome for cats. If you think something is wrong, always tell a grown-up.
     

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