Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mustached “Copycats” Promote Good Health for Cats in Conjunction with National Hairball Awareness Day


In keeping with its annual tradition of taking a humorous approach to a serious subject, FURminator®, the company known for its innovative pet deSheddingsolutions, is using fashion and social media to celebrate National Hairball Awareness Day (NHAD). The last Friday in April (which is April 26 in 2013) is designated as a time to recognize the hazards of hairballs and take steps to eliminate them.


FURminator is inviting bloggers everywhere to groom their cats with FURminator deShedding Tools, mount the removed fur onto paper mustaches, take photos of their feline fashionistas and post the photos on social media sites (including FURminator’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FURminator). The idea is to spread the word that hairballs are more than unpleasant messes, they are signs of potential health problems.

Nasty and dangerous hairballs don’t have to be a part of a cat’s lifetime routine. FURminator deShedding Tools, which are used and recommended by professional groomers and veterinarians, reduce shedding and hairballs by up to 90%. Using a FURminator at home to remove the cat’s undercoat for a few minutes twice a week can relieve pet owners of the mess of loose fur and hairball worries.

Veterinarian Shelby Neely explains that because cats groom themselves with their tongues, they naturally ingest hair in the process. Up to two-thirds of shed hair can be ingested as cats self-groom. These loose hairs can pack together in a cat’s stomach and form a hairball. In most cases, the cat will need to vomit to force out the hairball, which is not good for the cat or household. If hairballs are not spit out, they may block the passage of food in the stomach or become impacted, requiring surgery to remove the blockage.

“Traditional hairball treatments (lubricants, diets, etc.) address the problem after the hair has already entered the cat’s body. A FURminator deShedding Tool PREVENTS the problem by preventing the hair from getting into the cat’s body in the first place,” says Dr. Neely. “FURminator stresses preventative care and that is the true definition of good health!”


With options for both small and large breeds, the FURminator line enables cat owners to easily find the right size product for their pet. In addition, each size tool offers both long and short hair varieties for optimal results.

Check out the video that I shot of Cody last April (2012) and you will see how much he loves his Furminator!


So be sure to stop by on April 26th to see Cody's FURminator mustache!

FURminator Cat deShedding Tools (small breed MSRP: $42.99 and large breed MSRP: $49.99) are available in long and short hair varieties. FURminator Hairball Prevention Waterless Spray for Cats (MSRP: $8.99) and Hairball Prevention Shampoo for Cats (MSRP: $8.99) are available in 8.5 oz. bottles.

Don’t let your cat suffer from hairballs. FURminator deShedding Tools, shampoos and hair care products are sold at pet specialty stores, and are also available online at www.FURminator.com.

About FURminator:
FURminator enhances relationships between pet parents and their pets with effective and easy-to-use pet grooming products. Based in metropolitan St. Louis, FURminator was founded in 2002 by husband and wife team David and Angela Porter. Sold at pet retailers nationwide, the company’s products are available exclusively through select authorized pet industry distributors, through professional pet groomers, veterinary practices and rescue organizations and are also available for purchase online or through professional and consumer catalogs. For more information visit FURminator.com.



In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was sent the information via email and asked if I would share. Since Cody and I are regular users of his Furminator, I was more than happy to do so!

29 comments:

  1. We don't have no hair ball cause we don't eat our hair. But mom does pull out our hair with the Furminator
    Benny & Lily

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  2. Awww Cody loves it! Really cute idea with the mustaches, can't wait to see the final result.

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  3. I love my FURmminator too! Cody, I can totally relate.

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  4. Around our house brushing day produces enough fur to make a mustache and long beard. MOL!
    We can't wait to see your mustache Cody.

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  5. Mommy FURminates us about once a month (or two if she's lazy) and it's good enough to keep hairballs away. :)

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  6. I hate the furminator. Soon as I see it I run away. Peeps catches me and insists I am groomed. We never thought how important it is for cats. You learn something new everyday. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  7. national hairball day - oh this would have been a day for Alex... he was the hairball king, and he loved his furminator...

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  8. Woof! Woof! I got my doggie furminator. I don't use very often ... daily brushing sure helps my fur. You got to be careful with your hairball Cody. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  9. I have at least one cat that likes the furminator. Thanks for the reminder to start doing this little job. Take care.

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  10. When I get out the furminator the Horde comes running! They love it.

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  11. Haven't tried using that. I need a trim now that it's scorching hot here.

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  12. I might need a furminator, because in Avalon's case daily brushing sessions don't seem to be enough to eliminate those nasty hairballs.

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  13. The Furminator is a nightly ritual in our house-we LOVE it & mom says thank you for this important post to remind humans that hairballs aren't just gross but dangerous to our health! TY from all of us =^,,^= ~Raine~

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  14. We've heard of that - our cats could use one!

    Piggy kisses,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

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  15. Inthink I might have to whap my Dad if he tries that one!

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  16. A Furminator moustache? Now THAT I've got to see Mr. Cody my friend! WOO HOO - new computer is letting me visit you again....I'm so happy I could scream!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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  17. It's very obvious, Cody, that you are totally in love with your furminator!

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  18. We love the name of your video.
    Cody & The Furminator.
    Sounds like an action-adventure kind of flick showing on the big screen.
    ; )

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  19. We have the furminator for the fosters! And we also use petromalt twice a week for Leo who is prone to hairballs!
    The others don't seem to have any problems!

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  20. Oh CCody! I had to throw water on Nellie! She says watching you get furminated was very hot! She kind of fainted...
    Rock on Dude!
    Kozmo

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    1. Kozmo tell Nellie DOWN GIRL!!! MOL! Stop corrupting my Cody! (this is MOM!!) She needs to remember that she has Allred!! MOL!!!!
      Love, Mom

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  21. We gotta get our Furminator out! It's been a while since the mm used it on us.

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  22. All four of us hate our Furminator. Mommy doesn't dare even bring it out, if she doesn't want to see blood (hers). Its our little lice comb for us, we adore that!

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  23. We got one for our pal who has long fur and she LOVES it!

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  24. I like it when humans come up with funny ideas such as this one to raise awareness!
    My human was just saying tonight she might buy a Furminator to brush Kitshka... She's got a lot more hair than I do and I'm doing a lot of her grooming!
    Purrs

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  25. I love my FURminator! When I first won one, I thought what a great opportunity to bite the peeps when they try to use it. But I found it so wonderful that I forgot to bite them.

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  26. I used to LOVE my furminator and you would not BELIEVE the giant piles of furz that were unfurred from my floofy body. But lately, I don't love it so much anymore. Can this marriage be saved?

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  27. Oh Cody, you really do love the FURminator, what a cute video! We always look forward to seeing the creativity of the contests, they are such fun!

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  28. FURminator definitely figures out a way to find the humor in a yucky situation! Here's their video "Cats, Hairballs, and FURminator: a Funny Video for a Serious Cause" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESw5YnhRhvs&list=UUNdQQ9kIX0k_0LS5BZOfcsA&index=1

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