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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Zissou has started shedding recently since its getting warmer out, or she's getting old enough, I'm not sure. I've been trying to brush her, but I think she hates hates hates the brush I have. It's one of those pink plastic ones with the thin wire comb things. My sister's two cats like the exact same one, but apparently Zissou doesn't.

Does anyone have any ideas for a brush that she will like and that works, or at least what sort of thing I should look for? I would rather buy it online, if possible.
post #2 of 22
Many members rave about the Zoom Groom. Here is a past thread.

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...highlight=zoom

I do not have one personally, but plan on picking one up next time I am at the store.
post #3 of 22
Is this a long or short hair cat? The ones with pins would be used more on a long hair. The short hair you can use a flea comb or a rubber brush (has little nubs on the ends - not teeth).
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
Many members rave about the Zoom Groom. Here is a past thread.

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...highlight=zoom

I do not have one personally, but plan on picking one up next time I am at the store.
it does a really good job of getting out the loose hair. that being said - Pixel is the only one of mine who actually enjoys being brushed. she's also the only one who really needs it, so i guess that's ok!
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well...
She has kind of medium hair, I guess. It isn't anywhere near like a maine coon or anything, but its long on her tummy and her tail. She is a silver mackerel tabby, but has longer hair than most tabbies. I didn't know that you only used wire ones on longhairs!
I will check out the Zoom Groom! Thank you.

Do the rubber ones make her hair staticky? It already is a little bit, because its so dry with the heat on all the time.

Edit:
Oh, and also it would help if she didn't know I was brushing her. If thats even possible!
post #6 of 22
Oliver's not the keenest on me brushing him either... he has to be in the right "mood" (I try to get him after/during a nap... not when he's wound up from a poo or playing)... I use a round shed tool on him (I use the same thing on my dog, just bigger, haha) and it gets a lot of hair off, but I'm pretty sure your kitty will notice it, lol (I've kept it around though because it's REALLY good when I've got him all wet during his monthly bath - he already knows he's defeated and just sits while I bathe and brush... although I do have a fur-lined tub afterwards, haha)... I haven't tried the zoom groom either, but have also heard rave reviews.... If you're trying to not have your kitty notice though, how about one of those grooming gloves? You slip it on your hand and basically pet your cat from head to tail and it brushes/massages at the same time... again, I've never personally used one, but it seems like an obvious choice to make grooming not so obvious...
post #7 of 22
I have the zoom groom, and my cats tolerate it. Rocky absolutely loves it, but this is the same cat that BEGS to be lint rolled. I learned on this site that a good trick to control fur from flying everywhere when you use it is to wet it a bit. It is also good for the cat that hates to be groomed b/c it removes a lot of hair very quickly! My cats hate the wired brush thing. Rocky will put up with it for a few passes and then even he gets annoyed.
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by BuzbyJLC10
Oliver's not the keenest on me brushing him either... he has to be in the right "mood" (I try to get him after/during a nap... not when he's wound up from a poo or playing)... I use a round shed tool on him (I use the same thing on my dog, just bigger, haha) and it gets a lot of hair off, but I'm pretty sure your kitty will notice it, lol (I've kept it around though because it's REALLY good when I've got him all wet during his monthly bath - he already knows he's defeated and just sits while I bathe and brush... although I do have a fur-lined tub afterwards, haha)... I haven't tried the zoom groom either, but have also heard rave reviews.... If you're trying to not have your kitty notice though, how about one of those grooming gloves? You slip it on your hand and basically pet your cat from head to tail and it brushes/massages at the same time... again, I've never personally used one, but it seems like an obvious choice to make grooming not so obvious...
i have a pair, & they're definitely better than nothing... but don't work as well as the zoom groom - they don't remove as much hair.
post #9 of 22
I will swear by the Zoom Groom.
Got one for the cats and the dog.
It even works really well on my longhair, she will attack you for using a brush, but she loves the zoom groom (think to them it feels more like a massage usuing our fingers).

It of course will not remove mats, but it removes enough loose hair that mats are extremely infrequent.
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
She doesn't get mats.. yet at least..
I think I will try out this zoom groom since it isn't very expensive. I am terribly allergic to cats (yes, I knew this when I got her. I love her more than my sinuses) and it wasn't so bad when she wasn't shedding, but I just have to get rid of this hair or else give her a bath! She would much prefer the brush to the bath I think.

Maybe it'll get better as the weather turns too!

Edit: And THANK YOU all for the advice!
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
I got a Zoom Groom today.
It is awesome! I think I removed the equivalent of a whole nother cat's fur from her coat.

The problem is, she doesn't much like it. She tolerates it way more than the wire one, but she still bites at it and argues about it. She didn't run away, so thats good, but it was a bit of a battle. I gave her some treats when I was done. Should I keep on that, or is there another way to convince her to enjoy her spa treatment?
post #12 of 22
That's exactly how you get her to enjoy it. Reward her for letting you Zoom her. She'll catch on real quick that she gets something real good out of it. My Trent is not food oriented, so we just act real excited about Zooming (that's what we call it LOL), and tell him what a good boy he is when he sits still.

You'll be shocked at how much fur you continue to get with the Zoom Groom. We've been Zooming for almost 3 weeks (not quite nightly) and still get almost a whole kitten of fur off of him!
post #13 of 22
I finally found a Zoom Groom and Aaron used it on Abby last night. I am amazed by how much fur came off of her! This get a big thumbs up from us!
post #14 of 22
I use the zoom groom also and it works great. Kabou fought me when trying to brush her for the longest time, but a little coaxing with treats has brought her around. Once she relaxes, she seems to enjoy it for a short period of time. Another trick I used was to use my hands and fingers to mimic brushing her, which she loved. It got her used to the feel of being groomed.
post #15 of 22
I think I'm the onle one who had no luck with Zoom Groom. My cats use it as a toy now. All 3 are short haired.

For brushing, I brush them with a flea comb a couple times a week (usually every day between April and June) and rub them down with a warm, damp rag.
post #16 of 22
I definitely think that Zoom Groom works best for medium haired kitties, or cats with thick short coats. I've tried using it on Ophelia who has about the same type of fur as Gracie, Leo, and Raphael (from what I can see in pics ) and it's not hardly worth the effort for her. Of course, she's had all of about 4 hairballs in her whole 6 years, and those were mostly from her grooming Trent...
post #17 of 22
We don't really brush our cat..she is a short hair and she doesn't seem to shed all that much..We never have cat fur on our clothes or furniture...

Should we brush her anyway?? Anyone have opinions on this?
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
Zissou never shed, but spring has sprung and the hair is coming off.
I would start brushing now, in case you ever need to.
post #19 of 22
I found that the Zoom Groom removed what appeared to be a lot of fur - but it was generally from the outer part of their coats (and made a terrible mess with the massive spread of loose hairs!)

I bought a kind of teasing brush (the ones with the bent pins) at the pet shop over the weekend and it is fantastic! It grooms right down to the bottom layers of their coats and keeps all the loose hairs in the brush - it's really easy to clean too!
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
The bent-pin kind is the one I had before that she didn't like. I think it scratched her skin or something the way she reacted when I brought it out. Hopefully your kitties will love it!

I brush her on her little kitty sill and then rub the other side of the zoom groom over the mat to get all the loose hair.
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
The bent-pin kind is the one I had before that she didn't like. I think it scratched her skin or something the way she reacted when I brought it out. Hopefully your kitties will love it!

I brush her on her little kitty sill and then rub the other side of the zoom groom over the mat to get all the loose hair.
Maybe they are slightly different here!? My three seem to like it so far anyway!

Another good way to finish off the grooming process is to rub her down with a shammy leather (or a general piece of suede) - it'll also get the hair from anywhere else it's collected too!
post #22 of 22
Brushes are one of those things that every cat will react different to. 2 of mine are not fond of the zoom groom. One of mine will tolerate it. And while it gets some loose hair out (when they'll let me use it), it doesn't get much out each brushing session. At least for mine.... but they are long haired, thick coated persians! I use a combination of a comb and a natural bristle brush. But like I said... it will be something different that works for each kitty!
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