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National Hairball Day

Updated on November 20, 2014
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

Hairball Awareness Day is the last Friday in April

The next Hairball Day will fall on 24 April, 2015. Time to get prepared now!

Calling all furry cats, this is an important day for you. Furry dogs, you're affected as well.

This is NOT a contest for hairball production, nor a celebration of the beauty of regurgitated fur, but a day to raise awareness about hairballs.

A Furry Cat waiting for National Hairball Day
A Furry Cat waiting for National Hairball Day

Confusion about the date of Hairball Day

Unfortunately, many people have the date for Hairball Day wrong!

I've seen all sorts of dates bandied around but this is most likely because it hasn't been realised that Hairball Day is the last Friday of April .In 2015 the last Friday will be the 24th

There's no confusion about hairballs though - every cat owner has at one time stepped into a hairball. Usually this occurs in the middle of the night when people don't recognise just what that sticky, slimey pile of something actually is. Relax, it's only a hairball.

Long Haired Cat - Hairballs are a threat to her

Furry Cat who has to beware of furballs
Furry Cat who has to beware of furballs

We can all get Hairballs

Everyone knows cats get hairballs from grooming. Keeping ourselves clean can cause the problem of ingesting a great deal of fur - especially if you're a furry cat.

Besides being gross for cat owners who have to clean them up, hairballs can cause some serious discomfort for us as well! Hairballs are not necessary. Ingesting too much hair can cause problems for all cats

Keep this to yourself, please, I've had troubles with constipation from swallowing too much hair and I'm a short haired cat!

Ginger Longhair - He needs to watch for hairballs too

Longhair Ginger Cat needs to be careful of hairballs
Longhair Ginger Cat needs to be careful of hairballs

Hairballs can become Hazardous

The best defense against hairballs is not to get them in the first place.

Every Home needs a FURminator

I NEVER recommend shaving. The FURminator is a quick answer to getting rid of fur that's already worked its way loose.

Get your person to groom you. Older cats like myself especially need regular brushings, as our digestive systems slow down with age

Get your person to feed you a specially formulated anti-hairball care food.

Get your person to give you a little OIL Half a teaspoon of olive oil or butter to our food bowl. Works wonders!.

Groom your Cat to avoid Hairballs

This Maine Coon loves the FURminator!

Long Haired Tuxedo - Black and white hairballs?

Does a longhaired Tuxedo Cat get black and white hairballs?
Does a longhaired Tuxedo Cat get black and white hairballs?

Tuxedo Cats may be smarter than other cats but they still get hairballs

For People with Cats

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I brush my cat, Mali every morning and now she expects it. She loves it and would remind me if I forget. Great April celebration.

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      When I saw the FURminator years ago, I thought it just looked like a fine comb, with a fat handle. I called the manufacturer, and ask what it was that it did so much better than a regular fine tooth cat comb. They referred me to the video, and said if it did not do all it claimed, return with no problem. It has been great for that lose undercoat and leaving the coat silky soft, thus, less hairballs. It also has a more thrifty price today, than it did then. Glad your human has this super gadget for you, Vladi!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Excellent lens. I have a Furminator and it helps a lot, a great tool. Thanks

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      Congrats on being one of the Best of April's Silly Celebrations - this one should have won it outright! Well done.

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      Why not have a hairball day? They seem to celebrate everything else. Even though I brush my kitties daily, they still get them.

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      Ellen Brundige 5 years ago from California

      Let's all raise our furminators to salute Hairball Day!

      Samhain manages to produce them now and then, despite being a shorthair. It helps to remind me to brush her.

      Also, she says that squirting a drop of Grizzly Salmon Oil on a cat's food once a week is good for dry coat AND hairballs, although she may be pulling our legs to get the salmon oil, as there are still occasional hairballs. She is sixteen, after all.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Harmony, the tabby, presented me with a hairball yesterday, April 27, as her gift to me for Hairball Day. Just what I needed!!

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Wow! What a really gross thing to celebrate! Congratulations on making the Best of Squidoo Silly Celebrations for April. Squid Angel Blessings for the truly, truly wierdest holiday I've come across today!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Our family cat will love reading this! Blessings.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Cute cats, I love it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Reading this lens reminds me of Bill the Cat in the comic strip "Bloom County." I'm laughing just thinking about all the times he exclaimed "ack" and hacked out a hairball... Congrats on making the "best of" list for silly celebrations in April!

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      jayceehaynes 5 years ago

      meow ;)

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      An early Happy Hairball Day to you Vladi!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      *taking dictation from Pearlie the Pyschic Kitty* I'm an Oriental Shorthair and I get hairballs, too. The humans get so freaked out when I rack one on the bed in the middle of the night. Geez - it's just hair.

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      My furry kids get CatLax when I see signs of nausea or not eating, and also always eat the special vet supplied furball food that has extra oil in it.

      The ones with the most furball problems are my two shorthaired cats!

      Fortunately they all LOVE being brushed by the variety of soft/medium firm/wire brush selection they have to select from. The brushes are also firmly tucked into the sides of their favorite sleeping spots, so that they can self-brush by rubbing against the wire brushes too.

      The two feral Hooligans, are long-haired brother and sister, and its only now, about 5 years old, that they are beginning to show signs of furball problems.

      My best home remedy suggestion is to make sure you always have a container of water with grass cut at about 6" / 15cm. I have this 'floral arrangement' on hand for cats to nibble on whenever they feel the development of a furball, and they seem to be helped a lot by chewing and swallowing the roughage of the long grass, and just gets the whole thing over with faster for them.

      I get upset when I see how much it distresses them when they feel so sick and are hacking away trying to vomit their little hearts out... even as they become old they still don't seem to understand the process.

      So Vladi darling, I suggest that you add a module about the benefits of putting a glass of water with a grass floral arrangement on a couple of favorite cat spots, to help speed up the elimination of the furball when your caring owner notices that one is developing.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      Wiley is totally up with this. He says he had a hairball so big that coughing it up caused him to lose his meow for weeks. Not his finest moment. Lady Ghost is advocating for more grooming, especially since she is shedding now. Thanks Vlad for reminding us humans of the need for more brushing.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Hairballs, bleahh!

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      Agapantha 5 years ago

      I look on hairballs as gifts - like the beetles, birds and occasional mouse

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      CannyGranny 5 years ago

      Thank you for keeping us informed of the feline world and especially of this Hairball Awareness Day