Hairballs happen because cats have barbed tongues, and they swallow hair when they groom themselves or other pets. When hair is ingested, it either goes through your pet’s digestive tract or comes back up as a hairball.

In this episode of Ask Dr. Andy, Dr. Roark covers five ways you can stop hairballs from happening. (Or, at the very least, these tips should help minimize the times you step in a nasty pile of hairy gook in the middle of the night).

1. Groom your pet frequently.

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2. Try foods or supplements from your vet.

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3. Keep your cat hydrated.

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4. Keep your cat healthy and active.

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5. Head to the vet!

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Danielle K. Lambert Archer headshotDanielle is a veterinary practice manager and the founder of SnoutSchool.com, a website dedicated to teaching veterinary hospitals to use social media effectively. You can get her 5 favorite social media tools here, or follow her on social media to see excessive photos of her Brussels Griffon. She’s @DanielleSnout on Snapchat, Instagram & Twitter.

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