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the Furminator, anybody?

post #1 of 22
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Does anybody have one or use one?

I have heard great things about it and even saw a TV special about the people (just ordinary pet owners!) who designed the Furminator! When we recently adopted our foster kitten through the rescue (who adopts at Petsmart) we received a bunch of Petsmart coupons! One was for $3 off the Furminator. I was so excited and I decided to go buy one...until I saw it was $60!!!!!!!!!

$60 for a brush!!! Really? Is it THAT good?


I mean we REALLY need something to take care of alll the fur balls(or as someone put it, the tumbleweeds!) our dog leaves around the house but I can't imagine anything being that good(yes it would take a miracle to stop my dog from losing pounds of fur a day!).

So is it worth all th money? Should I go get one??

post #2 of 22
I say YES I bought the medium one for my cats, it's worth every penny
post #3 of 22
Actually, I went to Petsmart and got a "Furbuster" which is the same exact thing, and it works just as well, but it was only $24.99. Different prices for different sizes though (I got a medium).
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by Sweet72947 View Post
Actually, I went to Petsmart and got a "Furbuster" which is the same exact thing, and it works just as well, but it was only $24.99. Different prices for different sizes though (I got a medium).
A worker at Petsmart showed me that one, but I was hesitant to get it. I guess with 'imitator' products you don't always know what you are going to get! I did/am thinking about it though!

I imagine I need a medium or large, Samson is 100 pounds and has a TON of fur!!!!
post #5 of 22
I have had my Furminator for 4 years now. I had a long hair cat who was full of fur. It pulls the undercoat off, but becareful you can over brush with it. The Furminator is not a detangler. It is a hair remover. I used it once every couple weeks to start with then once a month. I bought mine on QVC home shop channel. There is a trick to how you pull it through the coat, I have done friends dogs with it & they are all amazed at the amount of loose fur I get. I did not know they were that much money now.
K.
post #6 of 22
I have a furminator that I use on the kitties, and it really is that good. I went through 3 other brushes that didn't do much. My neighbour saw how good ours was and got one for her cat, and I could tell immediately - she was so much softer! Another friend saw ours and got one for their dog and he and his wife also love it - they can get rid of so much hair now!
post #7 of 22
I swear by it. Hands down worth every penny. However also cheaper on Ebay!
post #8 of 22
We have one and love it. But we didn't pay that kind of money for ours! I highly recommend this place:
http://www.revivalanimal.com/store/p...ding-Tool.aspx

I bought the for cats purple one - under $22!
post #9 of 22
I have the FurBuster, same exact thing.
I've used a Furminator before, just can't justify the cost.
The FurBuster is by Bamboo and I bought mine at Wal-mart for $13.99 and they do sell replacement blades there as well.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
I have the FurBuster, same exact thing.
I've used a Furminator before, just can't justify the cost.
The FurBuster is by Bamboo and I bought mine at Wal-mart for $13.99 and they do sell replacement blades there as well.
After reading all of your posts, I bought a purple cat Furminator at PetCo today but have not opened it yet.
They have the Bamboo brand for cats too.
I like the idea of replacement blades that can be purchased at a local store.

How do you like your FurBuster?
post #11 of 22
I like it, it works great on the cat (when I can get her to accept it she's never liked being brushed/combed) and on my dog.
He's a 95lbs Lab mix with that bristley lab coat, I was amazed at the amount of undercoat and dead hair it pulls off, and he loves it, but to him it's just another form of petting

I've always been very happy with the Bamboo combs that I buy for the cats, so I figured for the price, the FurBuster was a good buy and I've been very happy with it as well.
post #12 of 22
I love the Furminator for my Husky mix Perky. And the cats just adore being brushed with it. Kitty never really let us brush her before this brush. I got a medium sized one off of Amazon for $12 + shipping.

The replacement blades being locally available really isn't that big of an issue. At the grooming shop where I work, they have had their Furminator for something like 5 years and haven't had to replace the blades once. And obviously they are using it a lot more often than normal people would be.
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
He's a 95lbs Lab mix with that bristley lab coat, I was amazed at the amount of undercoat and dead hair it pulls off, and he loves it, but to him it's just another form of petting
Mine is also a 90 pound lab mix (with St Bernard) and his undercoat is really thick. We really need something better than the brush we have now!
I guess I will shop around to try to find a cheaper price though!
post #14 of 22
I used the purple cat Furminator, for the first time, on Dexter and Sadie this morning...
Where did all that fur come from.

They loved having it done...
Whatever size or brand that you get...
trust that it is a great addition to a cat grooming arsenal.

I am so glad that I read this thread.
post #15 of 22
I got one for my white dog (who leaves fuzz from his undercoat EVERYWHERE and I can't say I'm happy with it. The Zoom Groom does amuch better job of loosening the undercoat, then I use a coarse comb (or even a flea comb) to remove what the ZG loosens.
post #16 of 22
I bought one and yes, theyre great. You have to be really carefull though not to over brush because you can brush your pet bald very easily. I would never pay $60 for one though, do some shopping around online, I use www.shopzilla.com for price comparrison. I bought mine (a small) from amazon.com for way less than $60! I use the brush on my cats and it works wonders (my dog has very short hair so I dont use it on him) but you have to stop yourself after 10 or so strokes in the same spot, because even though hair keeps coming out of the cat its not supposed to! Kinky was being brushed once and he loved it and hair kept coming off, you'd think he wouldve started to complain at some point but he never did, and he was nearly bald in that one spot for a few weeks (I felt so bad).
post #17 of 22
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Seems like the majority of people love them. Found a large on Ebay for $30!! I didn't buy it yet, will keep shopping around, but that is nearly half the price than at Petsmart!
post #18 of 22
I got a Furminator recently. I haven't used it on my cats, but it took so much fur off of my border collie/lab mix I could have made 2 more dogs with it.
I'm so glad I got it, because it works better with her thick undercoat than any brush I've ever used.
You have to hold it at a certain angle and be careful not to rub it against skin, though, because it's not like a normal brush and it can really cause ittritation if you don't.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix View Post
We have one and love it. But we didn't pay that kind of money for ours! I highly recommend this place:
http://www.revivalanimal.com/store/p...ding-Tool.aspx

I bought the for cats purple one - under $22!
In case you missed the site Pat shared with us...
this is a great price.
post #20 of 22
I have the furbuster and i really love it. I use it on my cat and rabbits.
post #21 of 22
Furminators ARE wonderful tools, yes...have I as a prof. dog\\cat groomer broken down and bought one yet? No... IF it were used on a weekly basis, then I could see it doing some good; but for the 'once' time grooming that I do, nothing will get rid of all the coat a dog will be shedding out. Even when used weekly, however, I have seen this tool cause dry irritated, red skin on pets, it can break, rather than 'strip out' some coats; it can also cause overgrooming...er...bald spots...especially on cats. I'm not saying it's a horrible tool, because it's not, but I probably would not pay the insane amount of $$$ for what I consider a "glorified stripping knife". Sooo...that said...if you get one, please have a groomer show you proper technique with this tool; as has been mentioned, it's not like other brushes, so learning how to use it properly is important for your pet's health.

I have found that the old standby Zoomgroom tools to be fantastic everyday deshedding tools myself; the ones with the smaller, closer together 'teeth' are the best. Even on my shorthaired cats, these work wonders...if I remember to do this daily, that is...Lol!!! Not only are these a tool that is hard to overgroom with, they do not irritate the skin, or damage the coat, but I have yet to find a cat that dislikes being 'zoomed'! That, and regular baths to loosen dead coat and skin, help keep my kitty household somewhat 'shed free'...hahaha...
post #22 of 22
I really liked mine but think that it gives split ends so I am going to stop using it.
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