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Grooming Cat Lovers Into Hairball Experts

Hairballs are a serious issue — they cause stress and discomfort for your cat, and can be a sign of potential health problems.

This Friday, April 25, is National Hairball Awareness Day. It’s a day to remember that, although they can be dangerous, hairballs are also manageable and preventable when the right steps are taken. If we make a conscious effort every day, we can ensure that hairballs are as stress-free as possible for the cats in our lives.

The purpose of Hairball Awareness Day is to raise awareness and inspire prevention. As is tradition, FURminator is partnering with cat-loving bloggers around the country to educate and remind America of the severity of hairballs.

Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber explains, “Hairballs are formed from fur ingested by the cat during the course of grooming, and are usually expelled through vomiting. Excessive vomiting caused by hairballs can lead to esophagitis. Hairballs that are not expelled can lead to intestinal obstruction, which could require surgery. I have performed surgeries on cats for blockage and found nothing more than a huge hairball. If undiagnosed, this condition can lead to intestinal perforation.

“One of the major elements of hairball prevention is thorough grooming, which removes excess hair and helps keep the skin and coat healthy. Nothing removes excess hair better than the FURminator,” says Dr. Werber.

As serious as cat hairballs are, we can’t help but lighten the mood while discussing how we can help our cats prevent and deal with hairballs. We are sponsoring blogger contests, encouraging readers to write the funniest, most clever or cutest captions for photos of our furry friends. The winning captions, as decided by the bloggers and FURminator representatives, receive grooming kits, complete with everything to support a cat’s healthy grooming — from FURminator best-sellers, like the deShedding tool, to new products like the Shed Control Cloths.

Our participating bloggers are collecting captions for these snapshots:

 

 

 

 

If you have a great caption for one of these photos, please head over to one of the blogs that are supporting us this Hairball Awareness Day, and submit your idea. To find a blog where you can participate in our caption contests, please visit our Facebook page.

Cats, hairballs and shedding problems are all connected — using a FURminator deShedding tool just 10 minutes twice per week gently removes 90 percent of the loose hair and undercoat without damaging or cutting the topcoat. It’s a safe, effective and non-invasive way to prevent hairballs from forming before they cause serious problems.

FURminator deShedding Tools are used and recommended by professional groomers and veterinarians so that nasty and dangerous hairballs don’t have to be a part of a cat’s lifetime routine. On Friday, April 25 — and every day — do your part to get the word out about hairball prevention for happier, healthier cats.

Cat And Dog Allergies

5 Things to Know About Cat and Dog Allergies

Cat and Dog Allergies
As the creators of the FURminator deShedding Tool and other Pet Hair Solutions, FURminator can help you reduce shedding up to 90% and better manage allergens. Learn more about how FURminator can bring you closer to your pet today!

Dog Adoption/Rescue Posters

You may remember Abbie. Or Honey. Or Edgar. This time last year, they were looking for their forever homes, and we wanted to help. Here at FURminator, we are inspired by everyone who improves the lives of pets, and decided to do more.

We partnered with Pet Rescue Network, a fantastic organization that helps pets in St. Louis. PRN is an all-volunteer foster network that places neglected pets in loving forever homes. The pets we met at PRN had so much to offer a human family and so much personality that it was easy to create a series of adoption posters to show off each unique, loving pet!

Here are a few of the posters we designed, posters that helped with adoptions and raising awareness in St. Louis and across the US!

 Cecilia Furminator Poster 

  Edgar Furminator Poster   

 

Wally Furminator Poster 

This year, we sat down knowing we wanted to do something again to support Pet Rescue Network’s mission to positively impact the lives of animals in need in St. Louis and surrounding rural communities. We came up with the Beautiful Rescues campaign.

Through Beautiful Rescues, FURminator is building upon our efforts last year. We updated our FURminator shampoo to showcase the dogs at PRN and spread awareness of the work that the folks at PRN do. We want to show our support for the work of shelters across the country, and their employees, foster parents, and volunteers that make them possible. What better way to do so than sharing their stories on store shelves everywhere?

In addition to showcasing PRN’s dogs and finding them forever homes, we want to help them right now, so we are donating 10 cases of shampoo to the pets at PRN. It is one small step toward helping pets looking for a home and showing gratitude to all those working to do so.

To see even more adoption posters and videos of these beautiful rescues, visit our Pinterest page.

Want to join the cause and help find forever homes for pets in need? Adopting a pet isn’t the only way! Do your part by spreading the word and sharing our posters with your friends and family. Give to the Pet Rescue Network, or volunteer at a nearby shelter. If we all do our part to help pets in need, we are much closer to improving their lives, and we allow them to change our lives, too.

Cecilia Beautiful Rescue Furminator Poster

   

Edgar Beautiful Rescue Furminator Poster  

 

Wally Beautiful Rescue Furminator Poster
 

Take Your Dog to Work Day – June 21

 

On Friday, June 21, thousands and thousands of businesses around the world will make special arrangements to welcome employees and four-legged visitors for Take Your Dog to Work Day.

This year will mark the 15th anniversary of the annual event which was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs.

If you are lucky enough to be spending the work day with your dog, ensure that she looks her best with the help of FURminator®.

FURminator has a variety of deShedding tools to meet the needs no matter the size of your pet pal. The tools can help reduce the amount of loose hair by up to 90%! Not only will your dog look great, but your co-workers and employer will also thank you for not leaving a hairy mess behind.

Pet Appreciation Week

How do you show your pets love and affection? You certainly don’t have to spend a ton of money to show your pet that you care about her.

One of the easiest things a pet parent can do is to spend time with their furry friend. During Pet Appreciation Week, June 3-7, consider pampering your pet with the FURminator® grooming system!

With the FURminator DIY tools, you can get professional grooming quality right from your home. FURminator has helped solve the grooming process with its simple two-step method of brushing and combing.

We are sure your pet will be thrilled with the attention and your expression of love.

Happy Pet Appreciation Week!

Hip, Hip, Hooray for National Pet Week!

In 2013, National Pet Week is celebrated May 5 – 11. Acknowledged throughout the US and other parts of the world, National Pet Week celebrates our pet pals, as well as promotes responsible pet ownership.

One important, but easily overlooked, responsibility for pet owners is pet grooming. While some pet parents schedule frequent visits to pet groomers and stylists, others may wish to simply use more convenient DIY grooming tools. This is where FURminator® comes in! With an easy 2-Step Grooming Process, FURminator offers a variety of easy-to-use grooming tools for dogs, cats and other small animals.

The 2-Step Grooming Process is a simple, cost-effective solution that includes pre- and post-bath brushing and detangle, followed by combing the pet’s coat to gently and safely smooth and extract remaining debris after brushing.

Show your appreciation for your pet. Celebrate National Pet Week with your furry friend and remember the importance of pet grooming.

May is Also Family Wellness Month


A pet is very much a part of our family. During the month of May, take pride in Family Wellness Month by encouraging a healthy lifestyle for your human family members as well as your four-legged furry members.

As humans, we are capable of making healthy decisions for ourselves including diet and exercise; however, when it comes to pets, as a pet parent, it’s important to promote healthy habits to our furry friends – especially when it comes to hygiene!

For all of your pet cleaning and hygiene needs, look no further than FURminator®. To help ensure a healthy and happy pet, FURminator offers a high-performance line of hair care, hygiene and waterless products – to reduce and control shedding.

Family Wellness Month may only be recognized during the month of May, but practicing and promoting a healthy lifestyle is 365 days of the year!

FURminator® Takes “Hacktion” to Promote National Hairball Awareness Day

As we worked on the final edits of our video for National Hairball Awareness Day 2013, we had a HUGE decision to make. Our goal in making that video (and participating in Moustache Cats and even offering a NHAD ringtone!) was to raise awareness about the problem of hairballs, but awareness without action is like, well, having a deShedding tool but never using it!

We knew what actions we wanted cat owners to take: (1) spread the word and raise even more awareness and (2) prevent hairballs before they start. So the nature of the action wasn’t the big decision; the big decision was the spelling of the action.

Two of us sat staring at the words on the screen: “action” and “hacktion.” “Can we really ask people to “take hacktion?” we asked. We were concerned that people might think we were being too lighthearted about hairballs, which are a very serious issue that cause incredible stress and discomfort to cats.

But then we thought about Moustache Cats. And we thought about all the good-natured people in the video willing to embarrass themselves in front of thousands because they love cats. We remembered that we have the privilege every day of working alongside wonderful, loving pet parents and pet bloggers and pet product retailers who would do anything to improve the lives of pets. We remembered that every hairball prevented makes us smile, and we remembered that we got into this business because what we do makes us happy. So we went for it; we left “hacktion” in the video, because if we’re not enjoying ourselves as we do what we love, then we’re not doing things the right way.

And even though National Hairball Awareness Day has passed, every day is a good day to prevent hairballs with FURminator® deShedding Tools for cats! So watch the video (below) if you haven’t already. Check out Moustache Cats on our Facebook page if you haven’t seen those wonderful photos. And if you haven’t yet taken hacktion, make the decision to start today!

April 26 is National Hairball Awareness Day: What You Need to Know

It’s no secret cats shed, but are you aware of the causes and dangers of hairballs? “Because cats groom themselves with their tongues, they naturally ingest some hair in the process,” says veterinarian Shelby Neely, also known as “The Cat Doctor.” 

According to Dr. Neely, most of the hair will pass though the intestinal tract, but some remains in the stomach. Over time, as more is added, a hairball develops as the hair becomes dampened by bile and other digestive fluids. “Fortunately, by reducing the amount of hair your cat ingests, hairballs can be prevented.”

Below are signs and symptoms of hairballs in cats and when you should seek veterinarian attention:

  • Ongoing vomiting, gagging, retching or hacking without producing a hairball
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

One simple way to help prevent hairballs in cats is to groom your furry friend regularly. For your go-to grooming solution, use FURminator® deShedding Tools for cats! The deShedding tools, available for cats with long or short hair, are easy-to-use and effectively reduce hairballs – keeping your cat healthier and happier.

Remember every loose hair brushed is one less to swallow.

Hip, Hip Hooray for National Ferret Day!


On Saturday, April 27, all ferrets will be celebrated on National Ferret Day!

Ranking third, after dogs and cats, as the most common uncaged pet in North America, ferrets have been household pets for over 300+ years. And with most household pets, shedding is likely to occur!

For all ferret lovers and owners, help reduce shedding and prevent hairballs from developing in your furry friends by using FURminator’s Small Animal deShedding Tool.

Made specifically for small animals, including ferrets, the Small Animal deShedding Tool features a 1.25” deShedding edge, which gently removes undercoat and loose hair. Recommended by veterinarians and designed by a groomer for professional results, what are you waiting for? Try the tool today!

From all of us at FURminator®, wishing you and your ferret a Happy National Ferret Day!