Today is the last day to enter the "Who's your Favorite Furball?" contest in honor of National Hairball Awareness Day! Winners receive a FREE FURminator DeShedding Tool and will be featured here, on www.PeoplePets.com and on blogs across the Internet! Details on how to enter here.
Now, onto the educational portion of today's post. With peak shedding season underway, we furry guys are in full swing when it comes to grooming ourselves, which means an increase in hairballs.
FURminator has offered the following tips for preventing and caring for those nasty, ooky hairballs!
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.
The photo above is me getting FURminated by my male staff member. This was just at the beginning of the process too! Hooray for hairball reduction!