Long-haired cats, fastidious self-groomers and the elderly are more susceptible to fur balls and will require more frequent grooming, especially during moulting season. The rasp-like surface of the cat’s tongue serves as a grooming brush and the middle portion possesses no taste buds. As the cat licks itself the hair becomes stuck to the tongue and when swallowed forms a solid mass in the stomach which can lead to appetite loss, constipation or a blocked intestine.

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