There's nothing pretty or precious about hairballs. Think about what your shower drain looks like after washing your hair a few times — but in a stomach. Sorry for the visual guys, but that's basically what's happening to your cat's digestive system. If you're wondering what to do when your cat has a hairball, don't worry, all hope is not lost. You can unclog your cat. There are existing remedies that will get your cat back to purring instead of heaving.
Basically when your cat starts hacking up, um, hair, it's because of their grooming ~process~. Hey, nobody said it was easy being beautiful. According to PetMD, "when your cat grooms himself, tiny hook-like structures on his tongue catch loose and dead hair, which is then swallowed. The majority of this hair passes all the way through the digestive tract with no problems." What doesn't pass so easily is what hoards itself into the infamous hairball that plagues the fluffiest of our feline friends.
It's hard to see our strong, independent cats in a state of distress. And it's important to monitor if you find your cat gagging or having trouble getting that hairball out of its system. As a responsible and loving cat owner, you first and foremost want to make sure that this hairball, which may seem common and such a cat thing to do, isn't life threatening. There are also preventative measures you can take to keep hairballs to a minimum.