One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ball of hair that collects in the stomach of a cat or similar animal as a result of the animal's licking its coat.
- ‘But, since I missed the fresh hairball by the bed with my bare foot with at least an inch to spare, I can't complain that the day started badly.’
- ‘And when a reporter dared ask what the new newsroom efficiency committee was all about, it was as if a cat had coughed a hairball out on the rug.’
- ‘If your cat continues to have trouble with hairballs, talk to your vet about what you should do to improve this.’
- ‘To prevent hairballs, groom your cat frequently to remove loose hair.’
- ‘This sometimes results in a serious medical problem called gastric bezoar - more commonly known as a hairball - which may require surgical removal.’
- ‘Regular brushing can prevent hairballs in cats.’
- ‘Jim has a magical hairball that was removed from the fourth stomach of an ox.’
- ‘You can help prevent hairballs by grooming your cat frequently to remove the excess hair that will cause them.’
- ‘Grooming a cat also reduces the risk of hairballs.’
- ‘Cats form hairballs as a result of chronic grooming and hair ingestion, and they cough or vomit up the hairball when it becomes large enough to cause irritation.’
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