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Should I worry that my cat brings up a fur ball every few weeks?

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My cat brings up a fur ball every few weeks. Should I worry and what can I do about it?

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There’s a theory that fur balls are normal in cats (after grooming themselves) and that the problem is intermittent vomiting due to other causes, with the furball just being there by chance. However, in case the hair is causing stomach irritation, to move fur balls on from the stomach, you could try a liquid paraffin type oral medication. There are many causes of occasional vomiting by cats, and if this continues, you should have your cat checked by your local vet to make sure there is no serious underlying cause.

If you are worried about your pet's health, visit the Petfix DIY Triage Checker or talk to your vet as soon as possible.