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Kittens are by no means too young for hair balls, just like no cats are too old for them, either. Hair balls are a result of excessive grooming habits. When a cat licks his fur frequently, his chances of accidental ingestion become a lot higher, and understandably so. According to the ASPCA, kittens begin regularly grooming their coats when they're roughly 4 weeks in age. From that time moving forward, don't be shocked if regular hair balls become a part of your little one's life -- yikes. Despite the definite possibility of "youth" hair balls, the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine states that the hairy patches are significantly rarer in younger felines and kittens. The newbies usually just don't groom as meticulously and attentively as their older counterparts.

NEW YORK — On the field, the four-legged fur balls of the Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl III were all business.

There are only three ways for hairballs to get out of your kitty: Via stool, vomit or surgical removal. Rubbing or massaging your cat anywhere will do nothing to move along a furball lodged in your cat's esophagus, stomach or intestines. You may even hurt your pet attempting to rub out a hairball, so don't try. Normally, your kitty can take care of the problem on her own, so when you see her retching or hacking, expect vomit to be forthcoming. If your kitty doesn't expel a furball, treatment is required. Ask your vet about using a lubricating product or a laxative to help your kitty pass the furball. A lubricant will help a hairball move through the digestive tract. In rare instances, furballs that don't pass all the way through the intestines to be expelled with stool require surgical removal.

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NEW YORK (AP) On the field, the four-legged fur balls of the Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl III were all business. Tony rolled his eyes and settled next to Bruce. He grinned as the girl kitten made herself at home on Bruce. "All you, Bruce. Just, you know, more hyped up." Tony held his finger out for the kitten to sniff. "Any idea why he called them furballs?"

But if some hair stays in the stomach, it can form a hairball

Hairballs are caused by the accidental ingestion of fur. When cats groom themselves, they use their tongues, so it's no surprise that they often swallow a little bit. If your cat doesn't have particularly obsessive grooming habits, then the lack of hairballs is no shock. Some cats neglect grooming as a result of stress, anxiety, depression or various other medical problems. If you suspect that this is why your cat doesn't cough up hairballs, then it's time to investigate the situation further -- with the veterinarian. And younger cats and kittens are less likely to have hairballs. Cats at a tender age haven't fully developed their grooming behaviors yet, unlike adults who may be busy licking away from morning until night.

Usually, your cat will vomit the hairball to get rid of it