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Dangers of Hairballs
Cassie Gibbon, the 14 year-old birman cat came close to setting a record recently, though not one that other cats would be rushing to beat. When she was brought in because of her odd behaviour, huge appetite, vomiting and weight loss, we felt a large mass in her abdomen. Her family gave us permission to surgically investigate the mass, with the intention that if we found an inoperable tumour, we would euthanase her while under the anaesthetic. With her family waiting anxiously in the waiting room and all of us desperate to find something that we could fix, we were greatly relieved to find an enormous hairball that was filling Cassie's stomach. With the hairball removed, Cassie recovered from the surgery beautifully and we hope that she will watch what she eats from now on!

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