My most handsome Maine Coon is prone to fur balls. This one really got him...he could not throw it up but rather it got lodged way down in his intestines. It's dangerous not to mitigate this and once surgery is performed, it compromises the GI tract. It was such a relief for me and the vet to know that we could approach this in the most intelligent way...hospitalization, monitoring, IV and careful work help him to pass it through. We did not have to make quick or "cost effective" decisions that could have compromised his future health. Don Gato Bello Valentino - Sir Handsome Cat of Valentine sends out a big purr to his Pet Plan Family.