To veterinarians, hairballs are called trichobezoars, from the suffix tricho-, meaning "pertaining to hair" and the word bezoar, meaning "a mass trapped in the gastrointestinal system." But what does that really mean? Cats get hairballs from licking their coats and swallowing hair, which accumulates in the stomach and eventually forms a wad. The accompanying discomfort prompts the cat to vomit up the hairball.
Read through this list, taken from Joey Green's Amazing Pet Cures, of everyday brand-name products in your home that help prevent and treat hairballs.
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