By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views
Every time I brush Earl Gray, my cat, I always tell him that I am going to build another cat from his hair. Earl is a short hair, and in all honesty he doesn’t shed that much. I’m just not the best housekeeper. So, Earl’s hair winds up on the sofa, the carpets, and on my clothes.
Earl loves it when I brush him. When I take out the FURminator, he purrs. He lies down with his eyes shut tight purring.
A Fur Ball Critter
A few weeks ago, I was approached by Caroline Golon of Romeo the Cat blog and BlogPaws to write about National Hairball Awareness Day. Caroline asked a few bloggers to create a creature from their cat’s hair. So here is a photo of a mouse, which looks more like a rat, from Earl’s fur. Please note that on Earl, his grey and white fur look amazing; but like all fur off the animal, it doesn’t look good. (I never liked fur coats.)
National Hairball Awareness Day
According to research from the folks at FURminator, cats spend 30 percent of their days grooming themselves. No wonder they look so good! When they ingest their fur, hairballs form.
Hairballs are compacted fur and can also include food and a coating of mucus. The bad thing about hairballs is that they can cause your cat a lot of discomfort, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, intestinal obstruction and loss of appetite.
So daily brushing is essential. By removing loose hairs with a brush, you reduce the formation of hairballs. Traditional hairball treatments include lubricants. These are used once the problem has occurred. Brushing can prevent hairballs.
In my house, brushing Earl is a daily ritual. I enjoy spending time with Earl, and I love hearing him purr.