Your cat may produce hairballs as a result of grooming itself. When your cat licks you, you feel rough, raspy sensations on your skin caused by little hooks on their tongue. In the process of grooming, these hooks pull out hair from their coats, which they swallow. It is usually easy for hair to pass through the digestive system. When a cat grooms intensely, or if it has long hair, hair can build up in their stomach and form a ball. Intestinal blockages caused by hairballs can be life-threatening. Occasionally, the cat will vomit up the ball. You can try cat hairball treatments if that doesn't work. We stock Aristopet laxative paste for cats, which has an appealing malt flavour and can be easily mixed in food for fuss-free cat hairball treatment. But don’t hesitate to see your vet if you think your cat requires professional treatment.