How to Prevent Hairballs in Cats – #PetHairSolutions from FURminator
Cats and hairballs – they go paw in paw. More than likely you have stepped in at least one mushy projectile on your floor in your lifetime and it is a subject that is universally joked about because it’s something that pretty much any cat lover on this earth can relate to. But, the truth is, hairballs actually can be the sign of something much more serious in your cat and are no laughing matter. Having a good grooming plan in place to help your cat stay hairball-free is essential and that is why in our household we use the FURminator deShedding tool on a regular basis.
I first found out about the FURminator deShedding tool back in 2012 when I was asked to try one out with my gang on behalf of National Hairball Awareness Day which falls on April 25th. It was an instant hit – I loved how easy it was to use and how much fur it got off my cats, my cats loved the bonding experience of me grooming them, and we all loved the fact that hairballs have been virtually eliminated in our household!
Well, here we go – National Hairball Awareness Day is tomorrow and I am thrilled to be working with the FURminator team again to talk about why the FURminator deShedding tool is such an invaluable aid in hairball prevention. But, before I do, a quick 101 on what a hairball is and why they can be harmful to your cat in case you do not already know this information.
Basically, hairballs develop as a result of a cat’s common grooming routine. When a cat licks its fur, tiny hook-like structures on its tongue catch the loose and dead hair, which is then swallowed. The majority of this hair passes all the way through the digestive tract with no issues but if some hair stays in the stomach, a hairball can form. Typically the cat will hack up the hairball with no problems, but if you notice symptoms such as vomiting or gagging without producing a hairball, lack of appetite, lethargy, constipation, or diarrhea, your veterinarian should be contacted, as this could be an indication that a hairball has caused a potentially life-threatening blockage.
When you see it in black and white like that, you can understand why hairballs really are a serious subject and why a hair grooming regiment is necessary for our feline friends. I am happy to say that the FURminator company has a full line of pet hair solutions available to help us, in particular with my favorite item, the FURminator deShedding tool.
WHAT is the FURminator deShedding tool? It is an easy to use brushing tool that has a carefully-crafted, precise, stainless steel edge that will not cut or damage your cat’s coat. It is recommended by both veterinarians and professional groomers and has been designed to reach deep beneath your cat’s top coat to gently remove all the cat hair that might otherwise end up in your cat’s belly, under your couch, on your floors, or on your clothes.
WHY should I use it on my cat? Because cats can ingest up to 2/3 of the hair they lick while grooming – regular use of the FURminator deShedding tool reduces shedding up to 90% so that this hair does not end up in your cat!
WHEN should I use it on my cat? The FURminator deShedding tool should be used 1-2 times a week for about 15 minutes each session (always make sure your cat is free of tangles and mats BEFORE you use it).
HOW do I use it on my cat? When using the FURminator deShedding tool, brush your cat in the direction of hair growth, typically starting at the base of the neck and brushing to the tail. Don’t concentrate on only one area – use the deShedding tool over your entire cat (you can use it on the ears and tail – it is non-abrasive to the skin – just be extra careful because these can be sensitive areas for our cats).
That about sums it up – for more information about other pet hair solutions for your cat and what sizes and types of FURminator deShedding products are available, please visit www.furminator.com.
While this post is sponsored by FURminator and I am being compensated for helping spread the word about FURminator, we have happily been using the FURminator at Zee & Zoey’s for years and only share information we feel is relevant or important to our readers. FURminator is not responsible for the content of this article.