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Sometimes, if a character doesn't like cats, is a snob/NeatFreak, is an incompetent cat minder, or is dealing with a [[CatsAreMean mean cat]], the hairballs might be one thing they complain about. The writers might also show an [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic cat]] coughing up a hairball to [[FurryReminder remind the audience that they are still a cat]]. If they want to go into ''really'' gross territory, they might have people find things in the cat's hairball.

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Sometimes, if a character doesn't like cats, is a snob/NeatFreak, snob[=/=]NeatFreak, is an incompetent cat minder, or is dealing with a [[CatsAreMean mean cat]], the hairballs might be one thing they complain about. The writers might also show an [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic cat]] coughing up a hairball to [[FurryReminder remind the audience that they are still a cat]]. If they want to go into ''really'' gross territory, they might have people find things in the cat's hairball.






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* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, after a loud hacking sound, Jon is startled by a hairball the size of a basketball bouncing by him. Cut to Garfield rubbing his throat and saying "Wow, talk about your hairballs."



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Sometimes, if people don't like cats, are a snob/NeatFreak, are an incompetent cat minder, or are dealing with a [[CatsAreMean mean cat]], the hairballs might be one thing they complain about. They might also show an [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic cat]] coughing up a hairball to [[FurryReminder remind the audience that they are still a cat]]. If they want to go into ''really'' gross territory, they might have people find things in the cat's hairball.

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Sometimes, if people don't a character doesn't like cats, are is a snob/NeatFreak, are is an incompetent cat minder, or are is dealing with a [[CatsAreMean mean cat]], the hairballs might be one thing they complain about. They The writers might also show an [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic cat]] coughing up a hairball to [[FurryReminder remind the audience that they are still a cat]]. If they want to go into ''really'' gross territory, they might have people find things in the cat's hairball.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Puss in Boots tries to assassinate Shrek, but then pauses to cough up a hairball, which grosses even Shrek out.



* In ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Puss in Boots tries to assassinate Shrek, but then pauses to cough up a hairball, which grosses even Shrek out.



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* Parodied in TheStinger for ''Film/CaptainMarvel2019''. Goose, a catlike alien, coughs up the Tesseract.

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* Parodied in TheStinger for ''Film/CaptainMarvel2019''. Goose, a catlike alien, coughs up the Tesseract.Tesseract she swallowed earlier.



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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Pets and Pests", Nemo is hired to kill a mouse that's loose in the Reads' house. Pal is not impressed with Nemo staying over, especially when Nemo says, "I cough up fur balls at night".

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Pets and Pests", Nemo is hired to kill a mouse that's loose in the Reads' house. Pal is not impressed with Nemo staying over, especially when Nemo says, "I cough up fur balls at night".night."



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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'' has skill lines where various [=NPCs=] send you crafting materials attached to humorous letters. One such letter asks, "Do you know anything of [[CatFolk Khajiit]] etiquette? What is the proper way to respond when your host coughs up a hairball at dinner?"


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* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', as befits the show's style, Lucky the cat literally coughs up a lung, which is at first mistaken for a hairball.



* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', as befits the show's style, Lucky the cat literally coughs up a lung, which is at first mistaken for a hairball.

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One of the very few negative things about cats is that, barring hairless cats, they cough up hairballs. This is because they lick themselves clean and end up swallowing a lot of fur, thereby needing to hack it up. It is particularly common for long-haired cats as they logically swallow more fur.

However, writers sometimes see one good thing about cats coughing up hairballs: it's an opportunity to make some [[ToiletHumour gross-out jokes]]. This might be popular because cats are generally quite elegant and composed, so it could be used as a quick way to temporarily [[NotSoAboveItAll bring down the dignity of a cat]] for comedic effect. There's also the fact that, unlike when a human vomits, coughing up hairballs is actually ''normal'' for cats, so they can have the moment of gross-out humor without making anything too bad happen to the cat.

Sometimes, if people don't like cats, are a snob/NeatFreak, are an incompetent cat minder, or are dealing with a [[CatsAreMean mean cat]], the hairballs might be one thing they complain about. They might also show an [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic cat]] coughing up a hairball to [[FurryReminder remind the audience that they are still a cat]]. If they want to go into ''really'' gross territory, they might have people find things in the cat's hairball.

Might be a VomitIndiscretionShot if we see it happen or a VomitDiscretionShot if we don't. Compare RoadApples, UrineTrouble, and BirdPoopGag for more gross-out jokes involving animals.

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* In ''ComicBook/CatsAreWeird'', one strip has Misty the cat cough up a hairball on the ground, much to the disgust of her owners.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'', Humpty Dumpty declares that "Humpty and Puss" completed their mission. Kitty is offended that he excluded her and goes to bed early, saying that she has a hairball as an excuse.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Puss in Boots tries to assassinate Shrek, but then pauses to cough up a hairball, which grosses even Shrek out.
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* Parodied in TheStinger for ''Film/CaptainMarvel2019''. Goose, a catlike alien, coughs up the Tesseract.
* In ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'', the title character coughs up a hairball into his hands, then throws it onto a statue, grossing Conrad and Sally out.
* In ''Film/TheSmurfs'', Azrael coughs up some of Smurfette's hair he swallowed during a fight with her, which leads to Gargamel using it to make Smurf Essence.
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* In ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', one of the gross things mentioned in the song about Veruca Salt is "a thing the cat left on the stair".
* In one of the ''Literature/SkippyjonJones'' books, Skippyjon is asked to solve a riddle but he can't think of an answer and coughs up a hairball instead. The dogs think he has a virus and make up a limerick about it.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book "Into the Wild", Sandpaw is being rude, so Lionheart says, "She must have a hairball somewhere".
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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Geordi, who is inexperienced with cats, tries to look after Data's cat Spot, but then gets angry at Spot because the cat broke Geordi's lamp and then coughed up a hairball under his bed.
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* In ''Socks in Space'', an online game based off ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks'', some [[AlienAnimals aliens that look exactly like cats]] throw weaponized hairballs.
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* In a ''Webcomic/BoyAndDog'' strip, Milo the cat can be seen coughing up a hairball [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background]].
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* ''Blog/CrappyPictures'': In one post talking about the annoying parts of having pets and children at the same time it's mentioned that sometimes, her toddler son is curious about their cats' hairballs.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Pets and Pests", Nemo is hired to kill a mouse that's loose in the Reads' house. Pal is not impressed with Nemo staying over, especially when Nemo says, "I cough up fur balls at night".
* The opening to ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' features a portion of Cat licking his fur. However, rather than him coughing up the hairballs, the hairballs come out of [[ConjoinedTwins Dog]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode "Along Came a Sister", Lincoln is looking after his teacher's pet tarantula Frank. The kids see a hairball that their cat Cliff coughed up and [[DisneyDeath mistake it for Frank's corpse]], only realizing Frank is alive when Cliff coughs up another hairball that looks just like it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks'': In "Martha Takes the Cake", the kids have a phony trial to determine if it was Martha the dog or Nelson the cat who ate a bite of Alice's birthday cake along with a candle. It's revealed to be Nelson, via a candle being in his hairball.
* Being the original GrossoutShow (and because one protagonist is a cat), ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' has a lot of hairball jokes.
** In the pilot episode "Big House Blues", Stimpy coughs up hairballs all over Ren. He's at first angry, until a little girl comes to adopt him because the hairballs make him look like a poodle.
** "The Cat Who Cried Rat" has Stimpy cough up what at first looks like a hairball, but turns out to be Ren, who was in Stimpy's mouth after passing himself off as a mouse.
** [[Recap/RenAndStimpy2x09TheGreatOutdoorsTheCatThatLaidTheGoldenHairball "The Cat That Laid The Golden Hairball"]] revolves around hairballs somehow becoming more valuable than gold. Ren sets up a production line for Stimpy to cough up hairballs continuously. Eventually, poor Stimpy is left not only hairless, but also unable to cough up any more hairballs from being overworked.
** There is a song called "Cat Hairballs". It has a premise fairly similar to The Cat That Laid The Golden Hairball, with Ren setting up a conveyor belt for Stimpy to "Hwarf" up hairballs onto while the former stamps them with approval. Though in this case they also sing about what they'll make out of the hairballs, like high heel shoes, a hat and matching underwear. Much like the episode that inspired it, by the halfway point Stimpy is starting to run out, licking at spots that have been farmed dry and gasping for breath. At the end, an overworked and completely licked clean Stimpy tries to hwarf one last time and passes out on the conveyor belt. Ren then says "That's disgusting" and [[PainToTheAss stamps Stimpy's butt]] with a painful ''hluarf'' sound, indenting it with a ButtBrand, which the video iris out on.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', as befits the show's style, Lucky the cat literally coughs up a lung, which is at first mistaken for a hairball.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Babysitting Fluffy", Chuckie and his father are babysitting Angelica's cat Fluffy, who coughs up a hairball on Chuckie's shirt. [[ThePigPen Phil]], who previously thought he didn't like cats, says, "I guess I do like cats!".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had [[IronicName Snowball]] II (named after the first one they had, who was already white), a black cat who became part of the family for a long time, and also known for throwing hairballs up as seen in most of her artworks. This is even lampshaded in the TradingCardGame by Skybox where a mini-collection of scratch-and-smell cards have one about how it smells a Snowball's hairball.
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