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Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 8 years experience in small animal practice.
I'm sorry to hear Alfie hasn't been quite right this evening.
As long has he has normal breathing, his eating well and not losing weight, the odd hair ball is normal in a long haired cat.
Cats naturally shed more at this time of year so 2 in 2 weeks isn't abnormal.
I would advise a Furminator brush (or similar) and would brush him twice daily in Spring and Summer.
You can also get a food that helps prevent hair balls e.g. Royal Canin Hairball Care.
A paste called Katalax is good to use to help clear any hair balls.
For now, I would just give him water over night and then a bland meal of e.g. chicken and rice in the morning.
I hope this helps!
Happy to help, take care!