Apr 302010
 

Brewskie Butt with FurminatorYay! Today is National Hairball Awareness Day! Not only that, it is also the day that I announce my first ever contest on this blog!

The good folks at Furminator, Inc. are givin’ me a brand new Cat Deluxe Furminator to give out as a contest prize.

Thanks guys!

So, I have thought long and hard about how to do my contest.

I want to do somethin’ unique and fun. I considered doin’ somethin’ like havin’ folks tell their worst hairball story, or their most unique place that they had left a hairball. But, I really, didn’t want to read all those, er, indelicate stories.

Then I thought about doin’ a measurin’ contest, but I found that my good furriend Sparkle the Designer Cat had already done that.

So I decided to do somethin’ that would allow my furriends to tell a little bit about themselves that didn’t gross everyone out.

I read I Rescued a Human Today this week after someone posted it on my Facebook page, and I thought, I’d like to hear about how my pals rescued their humans.

So here’s my contest. I want you to tell me about how you rescued your human in the comments on this post. How did you find yer human, and how did you change their life around? How have you made yours a better human by havin’ you in their life?

Your story doesn’t hafta be real long. Just give us the highlights.

The critter with the most interesting and/or touching story will win a Cat Deluxe Furminator AND they will also get to have a guest post here on my blog. Sound cool?

You have until May 13, 2010 to tell yer story in the comments. I will announce the winner here on my blog on Friday, May 14.

You don’t hafta be a cat to share your story or win the prize. The prize is fur cats, though, so if you are not a cat, please tell us about the cat to whom you plan to give the prize.

I can’t wait to read yer stories!

In the meantime, here are some more tips from Furminator, Inc. about dealing with hairballs and such:

A Closer Looks At Cats: Wellness, Aging, Instincts & Hairballs

In observation of National Hairball Awareness Day (April 30th), we’re taking a closer look at the cat: feline wellness, aging, instincts and the dreaded hairball! *Provided by FURminator, Inc.

Did you know?:

  • When a cat coughs up a hairball, it is actually choking. This hacking can be dangerous and can cause death in some cases. Cats will over-groom themselves, especially in the spring during peak shedding season. To reduce the amount of hair ingested, and the corresponding hack that follows, many veterinarians recommend the FURminator deLuxe deShedding Tool for cats; it’s a safe, natural and holistic way to lessen the amount of hair cats ingest.
  • Cats have primal instincts and the location of their water bowl can prove it. In the wild a cat would never drag its kill to a watering hole to eat and drink at the same time. House cats have inherited this same instinct. Owners should keep a cat’s water bowl in a separate location than their food bowl. Cats will drink more water (and this increase will help their system clean itself of ingested hair).
  • A cat’s age can affect how they shed. As a kitten matures their coat changes in several ways – texture, thickness, curl and coloring. This transition may take up to two years depending on the breed. Once a kitten’s coat has matured they will begin to shed more by dropping their “kitten coat”. Consult with a veterinarian or groomer on when a cat’s grooming needs change.
  • Keep cats active to stay healthy; they’re athletes at heart. A healthy cat can jump as much as seven times its height and yet 21 percent of cats are considered obese or overweight by their veterinarians. Interactive toys with feathers on the end will encourage cats to leap, stretch and stay active. Keeping cats active will help them maintain a healthy skin and coat, as well as increase balance and coordination.

Hope you have a hairball free day today!

Just meowin’.

The Brew

Apr 292010
 
Brew and the Furminator

Thought I'd attack some toe jam while I was gettin' Furminated.

I told ya yesterday that I would give ya some info about preventing hairballs and schtuff so that you can avoid the hairball GOOP. Well, my great furriends at Furminator, Inc. gave me some great tips that I thought I would pass on to ya. Here’s the tips, yo:

Five Tips for Preventing Hairballs

Fuzzballs, cat scratches and dirty litter boxes may be top complaints from cat parents, but paws down, hairballs are among the worst of the worst. In observation of National Hairball Awareness Day (April 30th), to help both cats and parents alike, FURminator, Inc. created five quick tips for hairball prevention.

1. Regular Grooming: Decrease the amount of hair your cat ingests by using the FURminator deLuxe deShedding Tool, which reduces shedding by nearly 90 percent.

2. Home Remedies: Add a little canned pumpkin to your cat’s meals once or twice a week. The fiber in the pumpkin can help move any hair clods through their 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. A New Menu: There are several specially formulated cat foods that aid in the fight against hairballs. Always consult with your vet first before making any drastic changes to your cat’s diet.

5. Ask Your Vet: If you believe your cat has a chronic hairball problems ask your veterinarian to recommend a laxative supplement to help prevent ingested hairs from forming hairballs.

Eliminating Excess Pet Hair

Shedding peaks in the spring, causing increased hairballs, as well as fur tumbleweeds rolling across floors and lawns and furniture… Pet owners, both feline and canine, are looking for ways to battle the fuzz and capitalize on all that spring cleaning elbow grease. Rid your home of excess pet fur and keep a clean, healthy pet by following these simple tips from FURminator, Inc.

• Healthy Diet: Diet plays a key role in your pet’s overall health. Feeding your pet a quality pet food with protein, vitamins and Omega-Fatty Acids will promote a healthy weight and topcoat and can help reduce shedding.

• Scratch the Itch: Pets can itch because of fleas, dry skin or even a skin allergy, which can spread dander throughout the house. Whatever the cause, make sure to speak with your veterinarian to help your pets feel and look their best.

• Love Your Pet, Hate the Shedding?: Use a professional style grooming tool, such as the new FURminator deLuxe deShedding Tool, which is guaranteed to work better than any brush, rake or comb available. The deLuxe deShedding Tools reduce the amount of fur left on floors, couches and clothes by nearly 90 percent. They also feature a FURejector button, making it faster to clean and remove loose hair from the tool.

• Lessen Allergies & Sneezing: Create allergy-free areas for family members with pet allergies by restricting animals to certain rooms of your home and consider using allergen-resistant covers on mattresses and pillows. Regular grooming will also decrease the amount of airborne allergens and dander around the house.

• Pet Hair Removal: Upholstery is a pet hair magnet and removing fur can be tedious. Eliminate newly shed hair with a lint roller before fur works its way into fabric. If pets are allowed on the furniture, consider investing in furniture throws that can be laundered – this will keep your home looking and smelling better.

• Pet Crates: Pets prefer a clean, dry space to sleep in. A crate acts like their bedroom and provides a positive solution to house-training. Be sure to keep their “room” clean by washing blankets kept in the crate.

• Avoid the Outside Coming In: Keep a washable rug near the door your pet uses. Wipe off their paws so mud or dirt is not tracked onto floors. Consider using a bottle of the FURminator Waterless deShedding Shampoo & Conditioner to easily eliminate odor without bathing. Also, dispose of pet waste regularly to ensure it’s not being tracked into the house.

Some great tips, huh? Think I will talk to my human about puttin’ more water bowls around and gettin’ some furniture throws. We already eat pretty healthy and we don’t go outside, so some of these things don’t apply. But I’ll bet they can help those of you that do go out.

Hey! Don’t furget to read tomorrow to find out how you could win a Cat Deluxe Furminator!

Just Meowin’.

The Brew

Apr 282010
 

The BrewI HATE GOOP.

If  you follow my tweets or my Facebook status updates, you already know that. Hairball Goop is my pet peeve, my worst enemy, and my biggest lament.

I HATE the schtuff.

You know what I am talkin’ about. That gooey brown stuff that the humans give ya when you arf up a hairball.

They call it a “laxative”. I call it poison.

Some cats, like the crazy Slick cat, enjoy the schtuff. She licks it right outa the tube. ACK! ACK! Not me. So my human, BZTAT, tries to get clever. She tries to squish it on my paw or some other place on my carefully groomed body so I hafta lick it off.

I just wipe it off on the wall or furniture. Hehe.

Here is the problem.

I am very particular about keepin’ my fur clean The Brew Bathingand nice lookin’ fur the lady cats. I groom myself frequently and fastidiously to ensure that I keep myself lookin’ great. Gotta keep my image up, yo. But that also means that I ingest a lotta fur that upsets my tummy.

And, well, you know what happens next.

In order to find another solution to hairballs than the Goop, I am participatin’ in National Hairball Awareness Day. I am thinkin’ that this will help me learn some things to keep the hairballs from happenin’ in the first place, and get me in on the inside track of this issue.

I am teamin’ up with my pal Romeo the Cat and my furriends at Furminator, Inc. to get to the bottom of things here.

Over the next few days, I will be postin’ some info given to me by Furminator, Inc. about what can be done to prevent and treat hairballs. I hope it helps you as much as it does me.

One thing I know is already helpin’. BZTAT got a new Cat Deluxe Furminator from the good Furminator folks at BlogPaws. She has been usin’ it to help me groom some of that loose underfur that tends to go in my belly when I take my bath. She likes it better than the old Furminator tool because of that cool ejector button thingy that makes it easier to get rid of the fur the tool pulls out.

I dunno ’bout you guys, but I really like bein’ Furminated.

Guess what? Furminator, Inc. has given me a free Cat Deluxe Furminator to give out as a prize to my readers fur participatin’ in National Hairball Awareness Day! Would you like to have one?

Make sure that you read my blog here on Friday, April 30, 2010 to find out how to win! And read all week long to get interesting info about preventing hairballs.

Cuz you want to stay away from the GOOP.

Just Meowin’.

The Brew