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Furminator - what do you think of it?

post #1 of 15
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I've heard loads of stuff about the furminator, mostly good but some bad. My husband bought one for Bella and Cinders yesterday and gave both girls a good 20 minutes brush each. The amount of fur that came out was horrific! I've never seen so much fur in my life!

On the plus side, I now don't get a handful of fur everytime I stroke them BUT, today, I noticed that the fur on Cinders back is looking some sparse in some areas - so much so that I can see skin!! Considering she's only been brushed the once with the furminator, I'm now very worried about using again. Will her fur grown back?

I'm currently really not happy about using the furminator again...
post #2 of 15
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I've heard loads of stuff about the furminator, mostly good but some bad. My husband bought one for Bella and Cinders yesterday and gave both girls a good 20 minutes brush each. The amount of fur that came out was horrific! I've never seen so much fur in my life!

On the plus side, I now don't get a handful of fur everytime I stroke them BUT, today, I noticed that the fur on Cinders back is looking some sparse in some areas - so much so that I can see skin!! Considering she's only been brushed the once with the furminator, I'm now very worried about using again. Will her fur grown back?

I'm currently really not happy about using the furminator again...
I LOVE IT!!! 20 minutes is too long... We can get carried away the first time we use, and do it too much... I do a single pass all over the kitty, about once a week... no more than that.
post #3 of 15
I agree that you can bald your kitty if you get too overzealous. You just have to be careful, but it is the BEST brush ever. I use it every week or two for 5-10 minutes per cat and it cuts down shedding amazingly!
post #4 of 15
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Thanks for the replies so far. The reason my husband brushed them for 20 minutes is because the packaging that it came in said that you should brush the cat for 20 mins a day for 3 days!!

Obviously, after seeing the results of yesterday, we've not done that
post #5 of 15
The Furminator is wonderful, but you have to be very careful you don't overdo it, and make sure you pull the teeth towards you and don't let them pull along the skin.
post #6 of 15
I love it, but I think 20 minutes the first three days is too much - unless the cat hasn't been groomed in years! I usually just do a few minutes every third day or so, unless we're in shedding season, when I do just a bit every day. My two DSH love it.
post #7 of 15
I WANT ONE!! How quiet is the motor? My cat makes her wimpy grooming into a low-grade hassle.
post #8 of 15
Hosman - there is no motor... it's awesome, you wouldn't believe how much dead fur comes out. I imagine this makes life much easier for allergic people too... It can cut shedding up to 90%!
post #9 of 15
That pile of fur would have ended up on your furniture, clothes or in your kitties tummy.
I have kitty allergies....
the furminator has changed my life for the better.
We have used it for about a year now.
After the first few uses, you can cut back on frequency....
we use it more often during the hot season, because that is when our kitties shed their undercoats.
post #10 of 15
If you angle the blade on the furminator it will not only pull out the shedding hair but it will actually cut the hair. That's why it's easy to make the coat look patchy. It needs to be kept at 90 degrees to work properly.
post #11 of 15
We love the furminator here too
post #12 of 15
We love the Furminator in our household! We brush the cats for no more than 5 minutes at a time. If you get the fur and roll it into a tight ball, it becomes a great cat toy
post #13 of 15
Furminator lover here too . Used yesterday for the first time and both cats were okay with it. I did it for less than 5 minutes though
post #14 of 15
Not big fans here, Jack has a weird coat and it just doesn't work on him, we have to use a dog shedding comb on him, it works on Harley but Harley hates it, he prefers the shedding comb.

I think Pepper's fur will be like Jack's so it'll probably be a no go with her as well--thought about selling it on craigslist actually.

Leslie
post #15 of 15
I could build an entirely new cat with the hair I remove via the furminator. I could at least knit a giant cat sweater. I love this thing. Annabelle likes it so much that when she sees it in my hand she starts meowing. I can actually use it as a treat- she likes it more than kittie treats. Isabelle, however, does not care for any brush. At least with the Furminator I remove a much greater amount of hair in a much shorter time.
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