Apr 212014


Hey everybuddy!  Ernie here.  Y’know what day this Friday is?  It’s National Hairball Awareness Day! So this week, us Island Cats are joining with the nice peoples from FURminator to spread the word about the dangers of hairballs and how to prevent them.


Here’s a familiar site…most of you have yakked up a few of these yourselves, right? (Humans, don’t look if you get squeamish!)


I think this is your handiwork…right, Wally?

Yep, Ernie.  One of my finer creations, I must say. Pretty gross, huh?

Here’s some hairball facts we’d like to share with all of you. Did you know…

  • Hairball problems are naturally common in cats because of our self-grooming habits. Our rough tongues are made to clean ourselves thoroughly and, as a result, we swallow a lot of hair.
  • Us cats spend 30% of our lives grooming, and up to 2/3 of the hair we shed can be swallowed as we groom.
  • Hairballs aren’t just a messy inconvenience, but can be a sign of discomfort and can lead to problems like vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, intestinal obstructions and loss of appetite.
  • The most important and effective way to prevent hairballs from forming is frequent grooming to remove the dead undercoat before we can swallow it.
  • Traditional hairball treatments like laxative supplements and special diet foods work on the problem after the hair has already entered our bodies.  A FURminator deShedding tool PREVENTS hairball problems by preventing the hair from getting into our bodies in the first place.
  • Being FURminated for just 10 minutes twice a week gently removes 90% of the loose hair. It’s a safe, effective and non-evasive way to prevent hairballs from forming before they cause serious problems.

That’s some good info, Wally, but enough of the serious stuff.  Let’s have some fun! To celebrate National Hairball Awareness Day, we’re having a photo caption contest. Leave in the comments your funniest or cutest caption for this photo.

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Whoever submits the winning caption, as selected by the FURminator peoples, will win a FURminator grooming kit filled with several FURminator products including the new Shed Control Cloths.  You have until this Thursday at 12:00 noon (Island time) in which to submit your caption. Unfortunately, only those in the U.S. or Canada are eligible for the contest (FURminator peoples’ rules, not ours).  Zoey will announce the winner on Friday…National Hairball Awareness Day.

C’mon…get creative!  That cat in the middle looks like he has something funny to say, doesn’t he? Let’s see those funny or cute captions!  Good luck!

Now for the disclosure:  We received some FURminator products for free when we agreed to participate in this National Hairball Awareness Day campaign, but that’s all we received.


  51 Responses to “Mancats – Hairball Awareness with a Contest”

  1. I never seem to come up with anything good on Hairball Awareness Day!

  2. I don’t think we can compete with Brian’s caption. Let’s see…um!

    “I’m the black sheep of the family, and I’m outta here.”

    XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  3. spunky answers the question, ‘orange you glad it’s national hairball awareness day?’

  4. Good luck to all who enter! We aren’t entering because we have a Furminator for Cody (which he ADORES btw!)

  5. I really wish I had known about this campaign because Truffles is the Hairball Queen LOL!!!

    ” ‘Scuse me…I got some important cat crap to attend to.”

  6. Uh, obviously this is the orange room so if you’ll excuse me…

  7. My mom-person comb’s me efurry day now when I lose my winter fur and I get Catmalt too 🙂

  8. “you are gonna do what to us?”

  9. “Always knew I was adopted!”
    The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxx

  10. It’s hairball season around here, for sure!!

  11. We love our Furminator!

    Noodle and crew

  12. My Niko loves Furminator! He tends to get constipated and I suspect it’s partly due to hairball. So I’m happy he lets me brush him with Furminator.
    I can’t think of good caption!

  13. Ewwwwwy! Hair balls! hahaha!!!! An all to familiar site with three kitties in the house!!!! Great post and we love the furminator!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  14. Excuse me, I need to go hurl up a hairball…


  15. We have several FURminators here (from past FURminator promotions) and they do a pretty impressive job! At least when my human actually uses them… if she neglects her duties, you know what happens! 😉

  16. Well here goes.

    “Ladies, Let a Man Cat take care of that Hair Ball”

    Nothing against lady cats yo!

  17. We have a FURminator and we agree that it does a great job!

  18. We have a furminator too and we need to get the Person to start using it on Missy. She has terrible fur balls. What special foods can you give them?? So off to furminate Missy. Thanks for the reminder. Ernie and Wally, you are looking mighty good.

  19. Furminator is our sponsor so not sure I can enter this contest.
    Good luck everyone!

  20. Ooo I didn’t know about this Friday! That photo is so cute, words just escape me right now. MOL!

  21. Oh my we have no words! Wally your hairball creation is a masterpiece. We don’t come anywhere close to that.

  22. That was some important information! I’ve got to tell my secretary to remember my grooming more often!

  23. Excellent hairball formation Wally….really. As for a caption….hmmmm…..how about “Time’s up for a photo session….I get paid by the minute you know and your time’s up!”

    Hugs, Sammy

  24. “I’m outta here before the Terminator… oh uh, FURminator, gets here.”

  25. Great work, Wally ! Mum doesn’t have a Furminator, but she gives me regularly brushies. Purrs

  26. I have had a furminator for several years and love it when mum grooms me.

  27. Capshun: “one of us doezn’t beelong here…oh wait it’z ME!!!”
    Great post Ernie n Wally n Zoey too
    Mum brushez me ebery nite n me nott had a hairball in furever…maybee iz time to make one fer her, MOL…
    Ernie dat waz one pawsum hairball ya yakked!!
    Lub Nylablue xxxx

  28. Caption, “Excuse me, I need to touch up my furs with the Furminator before the photo shoot begins. I want me furs to stand out against the others , even more!”

    the critters in the cottage xo

  29. “Doncha just hate it when they seat you with fans wearing the other team’s colors? I’m outta here!”

  30. We have two Furminators. One that the head peep should use on Ashton more often (Pierre just drools on it), and a long haired one that Newton won’t let get within three feet of him. We really should be brushed more often. It’s amazing how much undercoat it removes.

  31. We have a furminator and for once, we kitties all agree – not one of us likes it! We think it has little razor blades that cuts all our furs off cause peeps have actually groomed kitties bald with it, or something like that . . . Anyway, it’s fight time if the mom brings it out.

  32. impressive hairball, Wally! nice and gross 😀

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

  33. We love our furminator!!!

    The Florida Furkids

  34. MOL! MOL! Hey Mom your birthday is National Hairball Day!!!!! Now I know what I will give you tonite as your final gift! Thanks guys!

  35. I loves my Furminator! I just wish the Lazy Human would actually use it twice a week! Phfft! Ernie, whatchoo lookin’ at???

  36. It makes perfect sense to groom often! Thanks for the info


  37. A moment of caption poetry by Playful Kitty… I call it “5 Little Kitties” (much like 5 little pumpkins, but different).
    5 little kitties sitting on a wall
    The 1st one says “Oh my, is that thing tall”
    The 2nd one says “I think it’s made of hair”
    The 3rd one says “We shouldn’t stare.”
    The 4th one says “Maybe we should run”
    The 5th one says “That hairball isn’t fun”
    Then Meeeeeooowwww! Went the cats
    “Lets get groomed up right,
    We don’t want a hairball like that tonight.”

  38. Hairball awareness is a VERY serious time. Ya NEVER want to waste them outside.

  39. Ok. We are going to check out this FURminator. But really, we’ve never had (knock on wood) much of a furball problem.
    Thanks you guys!

  40. Hairballs are oh so yucky! Hearing those kitties cough them up is not fun. Hope you had a great Easter!

  41. Mom says we have a furminator so we don’t want to take a chance away from someone who doesn’t. All the entries are good I don’t know how someone will make a choice!

  42. Attenshiun anipals except snakies, this is your elected Purrime Ministerettes.

    We goes celebrating that day!

    We no knew of any pawty after Great White Sharkies from Eggies day last Sunday, but this pawty sounding good to us!


  43. I have a Furminator that Ms Stella gived me a year ago. I love some of those answers. CK’s got me laughing. And the one about it being the Orange Room. xxoo

  44. (caption) ” *sigh* life with fiery red heads is just too much, i’m outta here!”

  45. Step softly…go slow
    They’ll never know
    More redheads than black
    Let them take the flak

  46. how come I always have to take the lead? Fine…I will be the trailblazer!!!

  47. Ok here I go:

    Hey, if we both look sweet and innocent mom will never know which one did it.

  48. I told you not to look, but did you listen?

  49. “Which of these is not like the others?”
    Looks like Wally has provided a matching hairball for the occasion.

  50. The FURminator is a piece of cake. Do you guys seriously want to keep throwing up hairballs?

  51. Faraday: Maxie horked up THREE – count’em THREE – good ones overnight. Yup, Mommy has been neglecting us too. We LURVES our Furminator (when she remembers to use it)….

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