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Ultimate cat brush?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Our kitties really don't like being groomed all that much, so we're trying a number of different brushes to see if they like something in particular.

Smudge is the main one we want to be able to brush - she's short-medium haired with a thick coat, and she's ALWAYS shedding.

We currently have one of these:



which works well, but I don't think she likes the feel of.

We also have



Which doesn't get anywhere into her coat, and pulls no hair off.

Anyone got recommendations for any other cat brushes that work well on thick coated cats that they seem to like?
post #2 of 21
Eithne recommended in a thread The FURminator ... I went and got one and I have been amazed to say the least with it ......... its fantastic for all lengths of hair ..... Helen got one too and I think shes been pretty satisfied with hers, too.
post #3 of 21
Heres the link ........... we all got the medium size one ..........

http://www.furminator.com/
post #4 of 21
Another vote for the furminator!!

My cats really didn't put up with any other brush or comb very well at all, until we got the Furminator!! Some of them still aren't thrilled, but they tolerate it much better. And it gets TONS of hair off. Really worth the money IMO.
post #5 of 21
Is that second one you posted like the Zoom Groom? Is it rubber?

I love the zoom groom for Trout!
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Yup, the second one is like a Zoom Groom - only good on short haired cats. I think we'll try the Furminator!
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
There seems to be a medium Furminator and a cat one... Is the medium still the preferred brush for cats?
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
There seems to be a medium Furminator and a cat one... Is the medium still the preferred brush for cats?
I think that "cat" one may be something new, I didn't see it at the store when I got mine (last week)...so I'm not sure about that. I was still iffy on the investment so I went with the small one. I'm happy with it...but most people here did get the medium one.
post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Oooh and what about the Furminator waterless cat deshedding shampoo?!?!

That looks exciting as well!
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
Oooh and what about the Furminator waterless cat deshedding shampoo?!?!

That looks exciting as well!
Waterless?? How did I miss that?
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Got back from PetSmart - $47?!?!?!?!? For a cat brush?!?!? Holy dooley!!

I couldn't justify spending that much on a cat brush, so bought a $7 slicker instead:



So far Smudge has tolerated it much better than the other metal brush, and we brushed and brushed and brushed and now have a solid ball of cat fur probably about golf ball sized, probably bigger actually.

We just brushed a little more and got a heap more fur out, so have plenty more brushing to do I think!

If this ends up failing, we'll try the Furminator, which I notice is a lot cheaper online, so I guess I'll get it online if we get it.

And yah.... don't know about the waterless shampoo. Our cats hate the water bottle - and therefore we shake it whenever we're doing something naughty, so I think the spray on waterless stuff would be very bad....
post #12 of 21
I can tell ya what I use....a horse curry comb! I never would have thought of using it on a cat until I had it laying out one day and the cats went wild rolling and rubbing all over it. So,I just stared brushing them with it and you would NOT believe the hair that thing collected! And the cats begged me to keep brushing! They only tolerate me using a regular brush,but when they start shedding,I dig the old curry comb out! And they aren't expensive at all. You can get them at most any farm store for less than 10 bucks.
post #13 of 21
My cats like the Love Glove...it is basically a mit with rubber and little nibs on it that picks up any loose fur etc on their coats. I usually brush them with a regular cat comb and then use the Love Glove to get the loose hair off. It also works on your furniture to pick up fur!
post #14 of 21
This may sound strange, but the thing that our cats like best is just an old fashioned fine tooth comb.
I buy them a Dollar Tree the last time I bought them I think they were 2 for a $1

Elliott has very thick hair and it gets all the way down and gets all the loose hair.
post #15 of 21
Fuminator or a good fine toothed comb ( like a flea comb but not as small or closely spaced teeth
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Graciecat View Post
This may sound strange, but the thing that our cats like best is just an old fashioned fine tooth comb.
I buy them a Dollar Tree the last time I bought them I think they were 2 for a $1

Elliott has very thick hair and it gets all the way down and gets all the loose hair.
I use a little 2 pack baby hair brush and comb set. It was reallllly cute and maybe $2, and works better than the petstore one I bought when I first got her. The comb really seems to get the hair out, but she really enjoys the brush : )
post #17 of 21
Depends on your budget... I'm dying to get my hands on a Mason Pearson Wild Boar Brush - it makes my Aby's coat oh so shiney! But is OH! So Pricey! It's for humans of course!

http://www.masonpearson.com/range.html

I want No. 9 on the link above...

Otherwise, I'm currently using a comb and a shoe brush
post #18 of 21
The medium furminator is (IMO) the brush of choice if you're going the furminator route. Stan loves his and I get oodles of long silky gray hair off him.

Bella hates all brushes, but she will tolerate the zoom groom as long as you liberally bribe her with pieces of kibble. This takes off a decent amount of hair and she really only needs my help during the shedding season.

I may have to look into the curry comb...
post #19 of 21
I've used the shedd ender, the zoom groom and a metal dog brush my daughter got for $.50. My short haired cat loves the metal brush, she hops on the bathroom sink everytime I'm in there and demands to be brushed. The other cat isn't in to grooming, but yesterday she let me use the metal dog brush. The zoom groom does a good job but is sort of messy. The shedd ender can only be used in one direction. I've wanted a furminator but the cost stops me. For now I'll stick with the ones I have.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by JellyBella View Post
The medium furminator is (IMO) the brush of choice if you're going the furminator route. Stan loves his and I get oodles of long silky gray hair off him.

Bella hates all brushes, but she will tolerate the zoom groom as long as you liberally bribe her with pieces of kibble. This takes off a decent amount of hair and she really only needs my help during the shedding season.

I may have to look into the curry comb...
the Zoom groom is essentially a curry comb with longer "teeth"
post #21 of 21
My cats love the Zoom Groom. I also have used a dog brush on them (the wirey kind) but the Zoom Groom certainly grabs way more cat hair than the wire brush does. And the cats LOVE it! Get all drooly and happy!
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