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Did you celebrate National Hairball Day? I did with FURminator!

w2Friday, April 24, was National Hairball Day. Rather than wrapping presents or hiding Easter eggs or holding BBQs, it’s a holiday during which cat owners focus on those little gems that our kitty friends love to present us with…usually right where we step out of bed and into the cold, squishy mess. Ugh!

Luckily, there are ways to combat hairballs, so my own celebration consisted of giving my three long-haired kitties a vigorous brushing with my FURminator. The kind folks at FURminator provided me with a model for the hairy kitties and also one for the short-haired cat and dog. I took the cats in the backyard for our celebration because I knew from past experience just how much hair the FURminator would remove (don’t worry, the has a high, escape-proof fence, as my cats are indoor pets with strictly supervised bouts of outdoor visitation). That can cause quite an airborne hair-storm in the house, so it’s much easier to control outside.

The cats all love being groomed with the FURminator. It feels sharp to the touch, but they act like they’re having a spa session. Stitch in particular rubs up against me as soon as he sees me get it out. Given that we live in Florida, where summer has come early, I’m sure his winter coat feels heavy and oppressive. It must be a big relief when I use the FURminator to remove all that excess hair.

w1Farquaad enjoys a good FURminator session, too, although he’s a touchy cat who prefers to have it done in several small sessions. He’s the King of Hairballs in my household, chorking one up with regularity, so it’s always a relief to see the huge ball of fur that comes off him and know that there’s that much less hair to get barfed up on the carpeting. Cats never seem to deposit their hairballs on easy to clean surfaces like tile, do they?

In the photo, you can see Quaad attacking the hairball that I pulled off him in just one very brief session. “Take that, hairball!”

Even though Bolt is a dog, we let him be an honorary National Hairball Day celebrant. His hair is very short, but you realize just how much he sheds when he lies on a white surface and leaves behind a nest of little black hairs. He’s good about having the FURminator used on him, although he doesn’t get into it as much as the cats.

w3Spring (really, summer, given the temperatures, thunderstorms, and humidity) came early to Florida this year. Even if you’re in a part of the country where it took its time arriving, I recommend using a FURminator to help your pet get rid of that heavy winter coat. Then use it regularly for maintenance. If you get into a regular brushing routine, it substantially reduces the number of pet hair tumbleweeds flying around your home.

The fur balls show in the photos with my cats are just a small amount of the overall hair that I pulled off i a typical FURminator session. According to FURminator, cats ingest around 2/3 of the hair they lick when they groom themselves, and if your kitties are anything like mine, they spend a lot of time meticulously preening their coats. That’s a lot of hair waiting to cause problems in their tummies or to come out in a nasty barfed-up mess.

I love the FURminator grooming tools because they reduce shedding by up to 90 percent. You’ll know it’s true if you use one regularly, as you’ll see the different on your clothes and furniture, as well as in the number of hairballs around your house. You can find out more about the complete line of Furminator products for cats and dogs on their official website or share the love for this handy product at the website.

You might even find some use for all that pet hair that you mange to strip off your hairy cats. Check out what the Frugal Crafter does with the bounty harvested from cats: