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Ahhh, hairballs... the bane of cat ownership. My cat deposited one in my shoe awhile back. I'm still having trouble believing that her aim wasn't intentional. Credit: Thinkstock Technically speaking, hairballs are not normal. Cats have been grooming themselves for thousands of years and their digestive tracts are built to handle the hair that is inevitably swallowed. That said; when I'm presented with a cat that brings up the occasional hairball and absolutely everything else appears to be perfectly normal, I don't initially recommend an exhaustive work-up (that would take gastrointestinal biopsies). I will perform a physical (looking for both GI problems and dermatological conditions that...

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Why Do Cats Lick Themselves?

When it comes to personal hygiene, cats are the epitome of cleanliness. They are naturally equipped with the implements to groom themselves: a barbed tongue with which to lick, forepaws they moisten with saliva and use as a surrogate washcloth, and teeth to dig out tougher debris. Believe it or not, adult cats may spend as much as half of their waking hours grooming themselves, their relatives and friends. Credit: Thinkstock The Onset of Grooming Mothers begin licking their kittens, right after birth, to clean them, stimulate them to release urine and feces, rouse them to suckle, and provide comfort. Kittens usually begin grooming themselves when they are about 4 weeks old. At 5 weeks of...