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It’s spring — peak shedding season — and during this time of year many cat parents see an increase in hairballs. Contrary to popular belief, coughing up a hairball isn’t a harmless, natural process for cats. In fact, hairballs actually cause cats to choke, posing hazards to their health. Therefore, it’s a very fitting time to build awareness around the issue and observe the hairiest of all holidays: April 30, National Hairball Awareness Day.