Thursday, April 23, 2009

National Hairball Awareness Day

Don't forget! Tomorrow, Friday April 24, is National Hairball Awareness Day!

To celebrate, and FURminator, Inc. are sponsoring the "Who's Your Favorite Furball?" contest.

The winner will receive a free FURminator deShedding Tool and will also see their favorite, funniest, furriest furball featured on and popular pet blogs across the Internet.

Have you entered Your Favorite Furball contest yet? See entry rules here.

FURminator Tips on Preventing Hairballs in Cats Fuzzballs, cat scratches and dirty litter boxes may be top complaints from cat parents, but paws down, hairballs are among the worst of the worst. With peak shedding season underway, our cats are in full swing when it comes to grooming themselves, which means an increase in hairballs (since hairballs are caused when the cat grooms itself).

Friday, April 24 is National Hairball Awareness Day, and to help both cat and parents alike, below are some tips on how to prevent hairballs in cats:

1. Regular Grooming: Hairballs occur when cats over groom. To help cats look and feel their best, it's essential to regularly brush them. The FURminator deShedding Tool for Cats is recommended by vets and nominated by Tufts University School of Veterinarian Medicine as the number one product to reduce hairballs in cats. Using the tool on a regular basis, as well as the FURminator deShedding Shampoo for Cats, will help reduce shedding, thus reducing the amount of hair your cat ingests.

2. Home Remedies: Try adding a little butter and canned pumpkin to your cat's meals once or twice a week. The butter may loosen the hair clod and the fiber in the pumpkin can help move it through the system.

3. Stay Hydrated: Encourage your cat to drink plenty of water by placing various bowls throughout the house. The water will help flush out the hair before it has time to clump in the stomach.

4. Consult Your Vet: If you believe you cat has chronic hairball problems, ask your veterinarian to recommend a laxative supplement to help prevent ingested hairs from forming hairballs.

We're excited to see who wins the contest tomorrow. Have you sent in your entry yet?


  1. I didn't know there was a National Hairball Awareness Day! How great is that!

    I have a Furminator, too, but it's for my bunnies. It really works well! I just wish they could keep still long enough for me to furminate their entire body in one sitting, lol!

  2. That sounds like a nice contest. I am sure a cat with nice long fur will win.

  3. Hi Guys,

    Please come over to my blog as I have an award for you!
    Also - there is a video which I think Jan would really enjoy...if she hasn't already seen it!

    Honey the Great Dane

  4. I tried to tell my vet that I believe my human has a chronic hairball problem - in her brain - but the vet wouldn't listen. Go figure!

    licks & slobbers,
    Charlie & human

  5. IMHO, evfurryday is FURball day!

    I appreciate 'em khwite a lot - if woo know what I mean!


  6. Hariball awareness? Does this mean more people will be aware of me?


  7. Mommy will sign up for it! But I hate being combed ò.ó

    Jas & Gi

  8. If anyone understands the danger of hairballs, I do!

  9. That's a cool contest and great information.


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