Cats are known for spending considerable amounts of time licking their coats to keep them clean.The cat’s tongue has backwards-facing spines about 500 μm long, which are called papillae. These contain keratin which makes them rigid so the papillae act like a hairbrush. Some cats, particularly longhaired cats, occasionally regurgitate hairballs of fur that have collected in their stomachs from grooming. These clumps of fur are usually sausage-shaped and about 2–3 cm (3⁄4–1 1⁄4 in) long. Hairballs can be prevented. With remedies that ease elimination of the hair through the gut, as well as regular grooming of the coat with a comb or stiff brush.
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