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post #1 of 59
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We have two short haired domestics. One is a little fluffier than the other, but they both have pretty average thin short-haired coats.

I've read conflicting things about furminators. Some seem to say it's God's gift to grooming, some seem to say it takes too much and damages their coat. What do you think?

We currently have a zoom groom and I like it okay, but sometimes it seems to make shedding worse (it pulls up a lot of hair but then doesn't always get it all off of them. So they have a lot of loose hair on them when I'm done brushing!) Am I doing it wrong?

My other idea is just to get a fine toothed comb (like a flea comb?) and try that before spending $30 on a furminator. (But if the furminator will be awesome, it's worth it!)

It's getting warmer outside in TX and our babies who never shed a hair before are now losing it like crazy. Help!
post #2 of 59
Thats what I use on my both my long hair and short haired kitties, I love it! I have no complaints whatsoever. You can do a search on Furminator on here and see other good reviews, too.
post #3 of 59
I have two DSH and I'm on the God's gift side - however, I always finish off with a little brush with a soft, almost baby brush, to pick up any loose hair and because my babies seem to enjoy both brushes. My little girl actually turns over to have her tummy done with the furminator. I know Petsmart will take the furminator back if you don't like it - just hang on to the receipt. Good luck!
post #4 of 59
I use the furminator and it's great. I also use a lint roller to pick up the few loose hairs it leave behind. The first time I did that my kitty freaked out. I think it was because I was zipping the roller over her too fast and she didn't like the noise. Now she turns over so I can get her belly too.
post #5 of 59
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
Thats what I use on my both my long hair and short haired kitties, I love it! I have no complaints whatsoever. You can do a search on Furminator on here and see other good reviews, too.
Do you think it would work for a long hair cat that HATES to be combed? My Isaac just will not let me comb/brush him. I hve tried so many differnt combs & brushes, he hates them all. This time of year is the time he gets mats because he is shedding more.
post #6 of 59
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Thanks everyone! I just ordered one on amazon, only $15 with free shipping, so it's no great loss if we hate it. Hoping it helps out some with my furballs!
post #7 of 59
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Originally Posted by Rang_27 View Post
Do you think it would work for a long hair cat that HATES to be combed? My Isaac just will not let me comb/brush him. I hve tried so many differnt combs & brushes, he hates them all. This time of year is the time he gets mats because he is shedding more.
You know I would think he would hate the furminator, too.

Have you tried giving him treats, doing a tiny bit of combing at a time, trying to get a little bit while he sleeps?
post #8 of 59
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Originally Posted by carla1183 View Post
We currently have a zoom groom and I like it okay, but sometimes it seems to make shedding worse (it pulls up a lot of hair but then doesn't always get it all off of them. So they have a lot of loose hair on them when I'm done brushing!) Am I doing it wrong?
I have both a Furminator and a Zoom Groom and in my opinion the Zoom Groom works *almost* as well as the Furminator. After using either of them I finish with a slicker brush to pick up any fur loosened left behind.
post #9 of 59
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Originally Posted by Rang_27 View Post
Do you think it would work for a long hair cat that HATES to be combed? My Isaac just will not let me comb/brush him. I hve tried so many differnt combs & brushes, he hates them all. This time of year is the time he gets mats because he is shedding more.
I like the furminator better than a regular brush or comb because it does reduce shedding and I don't have to brush the kitties as often.

Does Isaac have any spots where he especially likes scritches? Under his chin, at the base of his tail? You might try just a couple of quick strokes with the furminator in those spots, repeat two or three times a day. If he tolerates that, gradually increase the number of strokes and expand the area you're brushing. It will take time, but you may eventually be able to brush out all the mats.
post #10 of 59
I would actually just cut the mats out and start over from there, trying to get him used to the brush. Combing the mats out are going to make him never ever ever want to be brushed.
post #11 of 59
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
I would actually just cut the mats out and start over from there, trying to get him used to the brush. Combing the mats out are going to make him never ever ever want to be brushed.
I have started cutting out the mats, but even this upsets him. I try to make sure & run my hands over him regularly so that if any mats start I can stop them, but he gets them bad under his front legs & that seems to be the most sensitive spot on his body. He has that very soft, very fine whispy under coat & it mats so quickly in the spring. I cut a big mat off his neck the other day & found the start of another small one on his neck again last night. That one I was able to pull out with my fingers, but he was not happy about it. He's very sensitive about being touched & he always has been. I suspect he did not have a lot of handling as a young kitten. (I've had him since he was 3 months old) He lets me pet him, but I have to be very gentle or it scares him.

Of coarse the 3 short hair cats always fight over who is going to get combed/brushed & they never mat.
post #12 of 59
My cats are all shorthaired, so no matting, but they seem to like the furminator better than a regular comb. Even though it pulls out the undercoat it doesn't seem to tug on the hair as much. It couldn't hurt to try it. If he tolerates the furminator you should be able to prevent at least some of the mats instead of trying to deal with them after the fact.
post #13 of 59
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Update:

I love it!! Reilly LOVES it. he let us do his whole coat and kept coming back for more. Rolling over so we could get every side, it was so cute And it did a great job, he's barely been shedding at all since we did it.

Lila tolerates it, but she isn't quite as enamored with it as her brother, so we do it a little at a time.
post #14 of 59
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Originally Posted by Rang_27 View Post
Of coarse the 3 short hair cats always fight over who is going to get combed/brushed & they never mat.
Yeah, what's up with that? I have one with short hair and two with long, and I'll bet you can guess who loves to be brushed!

I have three different types of brushes (one being the Furminator), and I can use them on the long-haired guys as long as I can distract them with a toy (otherwise, they tend to nip at me. It doesn't hurt, but it gets in the way of the process!).
post #15 of 59
I work at a petstore and the furminator is the highest selling brush. We offer a 30 day return on it if the person buying it does not like it. In the year and a half that we have carried it, we've only had one return!
post #16 of 59
I bought a furminator last spring for my two kitties...

Love it.
post #17 of 59
i use it on all the farm cats and they love it!
post #18 of 59
I'm figuring out how to best use the Furminator.

Rather than go like crazy and generate huge clouds of furr, I just comb them with it. The hair is real staticky. Howver, if you just hold a paper towel in your hand like a "cup" and use the towel to wipe the fur off the furminator, it loses its statick charge. When the towel is full, you can actually put the hair in a trash bag without being stuck to it.

A little combing at a time seems to be doing the trick.

One cat loves it. Miss Scaredy Cat is not so sure, but she'll barely let you pet her.
post #19 of 59
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Originally Posted by hwc View Post
Rather than go like crazy and generate huge clouds of furr, I just comb them with it. The hair is real staticky. Howver, if you just hold a paper towel in your hand like a "cup" and use the towel to wipe the fur off the furminator, it loses its statick charge. When the towel is full, you can actually put the hair in a trash bag without being stuck to it.
What a great idea.

No more fur storms.
post #20 of 59
Basically, I'm getting as much hair out as the big all-out hair storms in the YouTube videos, but I'm doing it over the course of three or four days, just from the hair I wipe off the Furminator. Don't get me wrong, it still leaves some hair floating around, but it's a much more controlled process.

It doesn't really matter if I get every last bit of loose hair out this very minute, since I can comb them every day and get a little more.

Here's another trick. Put your towel down on a swivel stool so you can just rotate the stool to get a good angle on the cat no matter how he moves around. Go figure... my guy cat always wants to put his butt in my face except when I'm using the Furminator, which requires approaching from the back!
post #21 of 59
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Go figure... my guy cat always wants to put his butt in my face except when I'm using the Furminator, which requires approaching from the back!
When I am furminating Dexter, he moves from his cat tree, then to the floor, finally he plops down on his favorite throw rug for the final touch up. We have a carpet vacuuming session after we are done.

Sadie is much smaller and more cooperative.
post #22 of 59
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Originally Posted by hwc View Post
I'm figuring out how to best use the Furminator.

Rather than go like crazy and generate huge clouds of furr, I just comb them with it. The hair is real staticky. Howver, if you just hold a paper towel in your hand like a "cup" and use the towel to wipe the fur off the furminator, it loses its statick charge. When the towel is full, you can actually put the hair in a trash bag without being stuck to it.
Thanks for this idea. I'm trying to picture it. I think I understand you. Anyway, I detest static. If there were a national static-hater association, I'd be the president.

Can you just "tap" the Furminator on something once in awhile to cause it to lose a static charge? Like a piece of cardboard or something?
post #23 of 59
I just use my free hand to collect the fur. Brush, pet, brush, pet, repeat over and over again. The fur will actually felt up into a small disc in your hand.
post #24 of 59
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
I just use my free hand to collect the fur. Brush, pet, brush, pet, repeat over and over again. The fur will actually felt up into a small disc in your hand.
Ya well I don't wanna get static-zapped
post #25 of 59
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Ya well I don't wanna get static-zapped
Aw, it won't kill you. While it's annoying, a little static helps keep the brushed off hair clumping together. Most of the static will be on and generated by the cat anyways.

I'd take cat static shocks to getting shocked on doors, cars, and shopping carts any day.
post #26 of 59
I love my furminator. Unfortunately the kitties do not. Of course they don't like being brushed with any kind of brush so its not the furminator's fault. I even tried my own hair brush once and... nope. I have a big box full of cat grooming tools that never get used because the cats won't tolerate it.
post #27 of 59
Love, love, love it! It drastically reduces shedding and two of my kitties love it! One of them becomes ADD when I try to brush her in any way, shape or form. She likes it, but she WON'T SIT STILL.
I use it in the garage so the fur doesn't fly everywhere in the house and follow up with a bristle brush to remove any dead fur left.
post #28 of 59

I always use Furminator. The debate with stripping the coat comes from using the Furminator Tool primarily on show cats where even a comb could be considered to much pulling. The deshedding solution works! 

post #29 of 59
I've never used a Furminator. But I have a friend who is a certified master cat groomer (look it up, it is an interesting organization), and is soon to appear on the show "Must Love Cats" and she says they are bad. She recommends a metal grooming comb (like the "butter" combs sold by Chris Christiansen Systems). I like, and all my cats like, the little kitten metal bristle brushes sold at Petsmart for $2.99. They come in pink, blue, and purple.

My thickest long haired cat, Harlow, loves, loves, loves the Zoom Groom. He comes by me every evening to ask me to brush him with it. It removes a lot of hair, and surprisingly to me, just using it almost daily has kept him free of mats for some months now.

Robin
post #30 of 59

Furminator came out with a new version.. a button that pushes the fur off the brush. Since I had to buy a new one (no idea what happened to my old one), I found Amazon's selling the older version half off for $15-16, and the new for over $30. I bought the old one.. I don't need the button!

 

I suggest getting the older version for cheaper!

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