Tomorrow is National Hairball Awareness Day, and we’ve teamed up with Romeo the Cat and FURminator, Inc. to shed some light on this issue that plagues so many cats.

As we learned from Dr. Crist’s article Some Startling New Thoughts on Cats and Hairballs yesterday, hairballs actually have very little do with the fur that cats naturally ingest when grooming, but there are still numerous benefits from grooming your cat on a regular basis:

  • A grooming session can be a relaxing bonding time for you and your cat.   If your cat is not immediately receptive to grooming, start slow, and gradually increase the time you spend grooming.  Eventually, the calming, repetitive motion of brushing will have a relaxing effect on your cat (and you!).
  • More grooming means less shedding, and less cat hair around the house.
  • Grooming increases circulation – it’s like a mini-massage with some of the same health benefits as a massage.
  • A grooming session is an ideal time for you to run your hands and eyes over every inch of your cat’s body.  This may help with early detection of diseases such as lumps and bumps, skin issues, or parasites.

I’m giving away one FURminator Deshedding Tool for Cats.  If you’d like to win, leave a comment on this post and let me know why you would like one for your cat(s).  For an extra chance to win, tweet about the giveaway or share on Facebook and post the link in a separate comment.  This giveway is open until Sunday, May 16.

24 Comments on Giveaway – FURminator Deshedding Tool for Cats

  1. I have one cat and her name is Sassy, true to her personality of course. She’s a Himilayan Persian, and an absolute handful. It got to the point where I literally cannot leave my home without a thorough lint roller rub down. Every blanket, chair, couch, my sheets, carpet; theres a layer of kitty fur covering every surface. I’m a clean freak and the thought of all of that nonsense is making me itch. I absolutely NEED the Furmenator. You wouldn’t just be doing me and my home a favor; but think of Sass. I feel bad for my kitty BFF, help her out and send us some love!!!

  2. I love my cat too bits and he’s never won anything in his life. He can’t read or type so I’ve entered the competition for him.

  3. I would love to try the furminator for my two cats, Orsacchiotta, my Persian, and Sedona, my rescue domestic medium hair tan tabby. Sedona actually sheds more than Orsa does. I have long wanted to try furminator, just hasn’t been in the budget for my two kitties.

  4. My recently-rescued five cats sure would love this FURminator. Coming from the streets, they’re basking in the comforts of my home and being brushed would be heaven. Thank you for considering my crew!!

  5. I would like to win this for my three cats, Willy, Buckwheat and especially for our Milo. Milo has long hair and while beautiful it ends up matting this time of year. Along with hairballs.
    I’ve tried all kinds of different tools and I would love to try this one.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. I appreciate the info on hairballs and diet. I have a Maine Coon cat that was feral when born and lived with my parents for 6 months before i could have her. She has a long coat of fur and sheds a LOT. The Furminator would be a great help since i’m visually impaired and can’t always see where all her hair is going on the carpet. Thanks for the info.

  7. I stumbled upon your article today after our cat Lizzy coughed up a hair ball. I wanted to find a more natural way to deal with this rather than a chemical based product. Thus finding your article through differant resourses.
    Anyway Lizzy is our daughters cat, Brittney, our daughter will be graduating High School in a couple of weeks but has attended College Full Time since last summer. She will be going away soon and this would be something that she would be taking with her. So not for me but for our daughter and her best friend. They will reap the benefits of this product.
    My husband has been out of work since February and I’m on disability. So the cost factor is also an issue.
    Obviously everyone responding has a reason to ask for your favor for various reasons. Just for the fact that your offering this I thank you, from everyone here.
    Thank you
    Nancy Kratchoff

  8. I woke up with a strand of cat hair (gray ticked white) in my mouth this morning. ‘Nuff said.

    Spring shed has officially begun. This is the first spring I’ve spent with my new adoptee, so I’m trying to head off the hairballs with a lot of brushing!

  9. Layla, I think Siamese are one of the breeds that have tighter, shorter-haired coats and if I recall correctly, they also don’t have an undercoat.

    Allia, I’m so glad MacDuff is okay now. The FURminator is pretty amazing – the first time I used it on my cats, I was afraid I’d end up with bald kitties, it took out so much hair!

  10. I wouldn’t say that “hairballs have very little to do with the fur that cats naturally injest when grooming” definitively, Ingrid, on the basis of one vet’s say-so. While I’m not an expert,as you know, I just went through a very bad time with my cat MacDuff and a giant hairball. The vet said it was a combination of things….but definitely one of them was FUR/HAIR that MacDuff injested (and couldn’t dispell) when he was grooming. He has no other IBS disease and is perfectly healthy (according to the gazillion tests performed).
    What’s more, he eats wet as well as dry food. However, because his throat and stomach were scratched due to this gigantic hairball, he is just on all wet food now.

    I was at fault for not brushing him as thoroughly as I should, every day.

    Now as for the FURminator….it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, and I FURminate my crew every day now.
    I recommend those who don’t win your prize ….. should go out and purchase a FURminator anyhow, as it certainly is
    cheaper (ca-ching) than the vet is. Also you would be absolutely amazed at how much hair comes out.
    All the best,

    Kitty Literate

  11. Looks perfect for a long haired kitty. My guys hardly shed at all and barely need a brushing more than once week. Do you know why Siamese don’t shed as much as other cats?

  12. My cats must be awfully in tune with Holidays and be in festive spirits as everyday is either National Hairball Day or Vomit Where Humans Step in it Day.
    I have a small out of pocket rescue, and this would be ideal- my carpets are looking to be made more out of cat hair right now than of fiber. I have just tried Furminator, and I will have to say, these are the best products by far. They are a little out of my price range and so I am entering this contest.
    here is my tweet 🙂
    Thanks so much for the chance!

  13. I would LOVE to win a FURminater. Hubby and I have 4 cats, 2 fosters, and I do rescue work with the shelter at the local PetSmart. We’d put it to good use–AND give it a good home :-)!

  14. We love our furminator! (the cats … not so much) It really does an amazing job! I’m always shocked at the amount of fur removed during a brushing. Now, if I could just convince Ben and Oscar that it feels good to be brushed! (Henry does OK, but he is our only short hair!) (PS… don’t enter me – we have one!) 🙂

  15. I would love to be entered. I have two cats, one longhair who needs some serious help with FUR! The other needs the FURminator as well since she is too “chubby” to do a good enough job grooming. They love to sit with me and unfortunately I am allergic. Maybe a FURminator brushing would help me with my allergies?! It is worth a try. Thanks!

  16. We certainly do want a chance at the FURminater. We will Tweet it and put it on Facebook. Thanks so much for the chance. There are two long haired cats here that could sure use it. Thank again.

  17. I would love to have one of these because I love being around cats even though I am allergic. I have two special “sons” in my life. I would love to help the cats feel better while cutting down on fur that will cause me to sneeze. 🙂

  18. Didn’t know there was a “National Hairball Day”. Love your blog, always full of interesting and useful info.

  19. Hi….I would like to be entered in your giveaway for the FURminator. My cat, Molly would love it…she loves being massaged and brushed. She also loves being cuddled and wakes me up every morning by walking up to my hip and sits there until I wake up. She will sometimes nuzzle me too.
    We call her the “Diva”…she’s very spoiled. She was a stray we found 3 yrs ago, on one of the coldest nights in January, and she took to us like she’d always been here.
    I really enjoy your email blog…its very informative and interesting, plus I love the pictures of your babies.

    Thank you,


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