1/17/08 Log: FURMINATOR!

Hmm…not much to talk about today on the fitness front. I woke up too late for an AM skate, and I had a lot of work to do at the office. I stayed until almost 9 PM to finish up my tasks for a milestone build going out Friday in order to take my birthday off.

Eats were clean. AM weigh-in was 143.2 lbs.

Now let’s talk about the wonderful new gadget I received yesterday, the Furminator de-shedding tool. I caved into the impulse to order this from Amazon on Monday when cleaning out the lint trap of my dryer and home after a load of sheets and a duvet cover produced a 1″ thick mat of tabby hair that could honestly be used as a mattress for a guinea pig. Cleaning up one of Slinky Wang’s hairball surprises last week was also pretty motivating.

I have two cats. They have short, black and brown tabby fur that seems to wind up on everything no matter how much I brush them. When you give Neville a head scratch, about 30 loose hairs from his undercoat get worked up to the surface and are summarily left behind in a drifting cloud when he finally has enough and bolts away. Slinky is my fastidious groomer. He is always washing himself AND Neville, which is probably why he is also my primary hairball culprit.

Regular brushing with a slicker brush helps, but not enough. The boys still left kitty-shaped silhouettes of shed hair in all of their favorite lounging spots.

I was a bit skeptical of the claims on the Furminator site that shedding was reduced by 90% by the tool, but the rave reviews of the Furminator de-shedding comb on Amazon and Stuffonmycat.com convinced me to shell out the money for it.

I rushed home after my art class Wednesday night and immediately attacked Slinky with it. He started purring immediately and rolled around like he always does when I just the slicker brush on him. Clearly the Furminator was a winner with my older cat. He let me work on him for almost 10 minutes, even turning over to his other side to let me get those areas, too. Neville also seemed to enjoy his first Furmination, but he got squirmy after about 2 minutes and had to run around the house like a hyper 2-year-old.

Kitty enjoyment aside, did the Furminator work?

Well, check it out:


Slinky’s pile is on the left, and Neville’s is on the right. I think Neville has more of an undercoat than Slinky since that pile had come from only 2 minutes of combing. I am waiting to catch him napping to finish the job.

Who knew that sleek, short-haired cats had so much loose, trapped hair on them?

– Walk (30 min)

M1) 60g oatmeal and raisins, 3 egg whites, 5 slices chili radish
M2) Homemade trail mix (1/2 oz. walnuts, 20 g raisins, 1 dried apricot, 1/4 c. Fiber One cereal)
M3) 3 oz. tilapia, 1 whole egg, 1 c. veggie mix, 1/2 c. Kashi 7-grain pilaf
M4) 3 rice cakes, 1.5 T. ANPB
M5) 4 oz. chicken breast, 1 c. spinach, 1/2 banana
M6) 1 c. Go Lean Crunch, 1/3 c. light soy milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 3/4 c. veggies

Est. Calories/Ratios: 1617 calories; 49.3% carb / 31% pro / 24% fat

Supplements: multivitamin, calcium 600 mg + D, vitamin C, 5g l-glutamine, 3 fish oil caps

More Pet Food Recalls…

Menu Foods updated their recall list to include some canned products which do NOT contain wheat gluten, but were processed in the same plant as the contaminated foods and which may have experienced cross-contamination as a result. Please visit the Menu Foods recall page to check for these additional foods.

Additional recalls of several varieties of the premium Natural Balance dog and cat foods have also been announced. Check their site for more information.

If you are concerned about future pet food recalls, consider bookmarking the Pet Health Alerts page maintained by the North Shore Animal League America or subscribing to their email newsletter or RSS feed.

The FDA also has a comprehensive, searchable list of all known recalled pet foods on its Pet Food Recall page.

Hill’s Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry Food Recall

I’m posting this here because the Hillspet.com site is VERY slow right now since the announcement of this dry food recall yesterday. According to my local NBC affiliate, the dry cat food that used the same source of wheat gluten as the recalled wet foods is Hill’s Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry Food.

Hill’s Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry Food is the ONLY dry cat or dog food currently being recalled. NO other brands of DRY food are affected.

If this *IS* the brand of food your cats eat, please check your bags according to this recall notice from the Hill’s Pet Nutrition web site:

Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Single Product, Prescription Dietâ„¢ m/dâ„¢ Feline Dry Food, Only Product Containing Wheat Gluten

Topeka, KS (March 30, 2007) – In accordance with its over-riding commitment to pet health and well-being, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food from the market. Hill’s is taking this precautionary action because during a two-month period in early 2007, wheat gluten for this product was provided by a company that also supplied wheat gluten to Menu Foods. U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests of wheat gluten samples from this period show the presence of a small amount of melamine. Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry represents less than one half of one percent of all Hill’s products.

This is the only product Hill’s currently sells in the United States and Canada that contains wheat gluten from any supplier. No other Hill’s Prescription Diet® or Science Diet® products are affected by this voluntary recall. Hill’s Science Diet Savory Cuts Feline canned cat foods, manufactured by Menu Foods, were previously withdrawn from the market as a precaution. Together with this earlier withdrawal, less than 1% of all Hill’s products have been affected.

The voluntary recall of Hill’s Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food involves discontinuation of all retail sales and product retrieval from sellers. This recall does not include Prescription Diet m/d Feline canned food which contains no wheat gluten.

Consumers should stop using this product and return it for a refund. All Hill’s products carry a 100 percent guarantee, and consumers can receive a refund for recalled product.

Hill’s expects to resume shipment shortly of a reformulated version of this highly beneficial product that will not contain wheat gluten. Please check with your veterinarian for an alternative Prescription Diet until m/d Feline dry is reformulated and made available again.

Following is a list of Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry products included in this recall:

Recalled product U.S. & Canada UPC* Size
Prescription Dietâ„¢ m/dâ„¢ Feline dry food 52742 42770 (all lot numbers) 4 lb. bag
Prescription Dietâ„¢ m/dâ„¢ Feline dry food 52742 42790 (all lot numbers) 10 lb. bag

Hill's Prescription Diet m/d Feline Dry Food

Hill’s has been fully cooperating with the FDA since the outset of its investigation and made the decision to voluntarily recall these products in consultation with the FDA. We deeply regret any concern that this has caused our valued customers.

For more information, consumers can contact the company at 1-800-445-5777 or visit www.HillsPet.com for details.

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Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. manufactures Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, therapeutic pet foods available only through veterinarians, and Science Diet® brand pet foods sold through veterinarians and finer pet specialty stores. Founded nearly 60 years ago by one veterinarian’s unique commitment to pet nutrition and well-being, Hill’s has never wavered from their mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Hill’s produces high-quality, great tasting pet foods, so pet owners can follow the recommendations of the veterinary health care team. This ultimately improves patient health and the health of the practice. Visit HillsVet.com for more information on Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. and Hill’s Evidence-Based Clinical Nutritionâ„¢ products.