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I have three lovely cats and whilst my youngest two are short haired and shed very little, seven year old Ollie is a big ginger ball of fluff and, if he doesn't have half of the back garden caught up in his Basil Brush like tail, he's leaving big balls of fur absolutely everywhere he stands or sits for more than five seconds. This does get a little annoying, particularly when I turn my back for five minutes to find he's made himself comfortable on a pile of freshly washed, warm clothes I've just taken out of the tumble dryer!
After searching high and low for my old cat brush with no success, I ended up purchasing this Armitage Good Girl brush from Tesco with my weekly shop where it cost £3.
The oval shaped brush contains a good number of flexible bristles which are tough enough to brush knots out of Ollie's coat without hurting him. The black and white handle is around five inches long and a couple of inches wide, its covering is soft and durable and the brush is generally just very easy and very comfortable to hold. There's a cute little paw print at the end of the handle too which makes the brush look a little less boring.
Fortunately for me, none of my cats mind being brushed; in fact Ollie clearly enjoys it! So I have no difficulty in getting them to allow me to brush their coats. I usually wait for the evening to come, let Ollie curl up on my lap and then get the brush out. This one glides through his long fur easily and causes no stress for my cat whatsoever. I am able to get any bits of plant out of Ollie's tail as well as knots quickly and fuss free with this. After about ten minutes when I'm satisfied Ollie has been completely brushed I am able to easily pull his fur out from between the bristles of the brush to put it in the bin and have a clean brush once more.
My younger two, Yuki and Meg, only require a quick brush just to get out any fur which is ready to shed all over my house and this is easy and simple to do also so I would say this brush suits both long and short haired cats.
The brush is clearly effective too as I have noticed a significantly less amount of ginger fur knocking about my house since starting to regularly brush Ollie with this. So the brush does its job, my cats quite enjoy it and brushing them makes me feel quite calm and relaxed too. Not bad for £3!
My youngest cat Layla has always been a little on the fiery side, she's extremely loving and loves having a cuddle and a fuss made of her, but if you do something to her that she doesn't like you certainly know about it. One thing she dislikes in particular is being combed, she has quite long fur which gets extremely fluffy and even longer in the winter, she actually grows a mane, she does a very good job of keeping it in shape and always makes sure she looks her best but on occasions she does come in with something stuck in her fur or something knotted in it which needs combing out. I have tried so many different combs over the 2 and a half years I have had her but as soon as she sees the comb she's on the defence. I decided to have a look around for something a bit more gentle and softer on her skin, but something just as effective in the hope that she might take to it, that's when I discovered the Armitage Good Girl Cat Brush, after reading a brief description about it I decided to give it a go, I had no idea whether she would like it but after all it wasn't overly expensive so I wasn't too worried if it didn't work out.
When the Armitage Good Girl cat Brush arrived (I ordered it online) it looked just like a normal hair brush, a little bit like a child's brush. The one I got was black and white in colour , the majority of the brush is white, there is a black section around the handle which is positioned where you hold to help with the grip, the handle is a few inches long, plenty long enough to hold and keep a good grip of the brush so you can smoothly brush your cats fur without snagging or pulling it, there is a small picture of a paw print at the end of the brush. The handle then moulds into the head of the brush, the frame of this is white with the head itself being black, this is made from material similar to that of a regular hair brush, hard yet flexible when pushed on, this is the in turn covered in bristles of different lengths, again these are black and white in colour to blend in with the theme of the brush. The bristles actually looked like they were going to be quite hard and scratchy but when I ran the brush over my arm to test this I was surprised at how gentle the bristles felt so I was sure that this was going to be more suitable for Layla compared to the combs I had bee trying.
The armitage Good Girl Cat Brush is as the description suggested designed in order to reduce excessive brushing force, after reading this I was hoping that I would sneakily be able to brush Layla whilst she was dozing without her noticing too much what was going on. The brush was also described as having soft bristles, something I discovered by testing the brush on my skin as I have already mentioned, again this was important in order for me to be able to brush Layla without her making too much fuss about it as I was sure the harsh prongs of the combs was what she didn't like against her skin, also the bristles of the brush are made from a plastic type material whereas the combs were metal, again this could be a factor about the combs that she does not like, the feel of the metal against her skin, obviously I am just guessing about this. The Armitage Good Girl Cat Brush has bristles which are designed in a specific way to help remove knots and tangles from your cats fur quickly and effectively along with the shorter bristles which are designed to remove any loose fur, important to help prevent knots occurring and also helping to prevent your cat from getting fur balls. One of the other points in the description about the Armitage Good Girl Cat Brush is that it helps to keep your pets coat healthy, soft and shiny, this I was keen to see, Layla has a mainly black coat with a bit of ginger and white mixed in and in the sun her coat really does shine so I was hoping the brush would help to keep her fur looking good.
As I have mentioned I brought the brush online from a site called Shop.com, I came across it by chance one night and the brush in particular caught my eye. I was particularly pleased with the price, it was being sold for £5.22, not too expensive should Layla hate it, after all if she really wouldn't let me use it on her I could always try it on my other girls Poppy and Daisy who absolutely loved to be combed, particularly Poppy who I think would be combed until she was bald if she had her own way.
The brush came reasonably quickly after I ordered it, I cannot remember the exact time scale but I know that it did arrive within a few days of me ordering it. I was pleased with the quality of the brush when it arrived, it felt sturdy and strong not like it was going to fall apart should it be chewed by a fed up cat, it was certainly good quality for the money I paid for it.
The main test came when I tried to brush Layla with it, I waited until she was dozing happily on our bed and was totally relaxed, I kept the brush out of sight to start with and just sat and stroked her, I then at the same time started to run the brush down her fur, to start with she didn't notice, but a couple of brush strokes later her eyes were open and the purring stopped she was looking at me as if to say what do you think you are doing, I carried on and stroked her face at the same time trying to get her to associate at the brush with something she enjoyed, she soon relaxed and started to purr again so it looked like the brush was going to be a success. She did start to get fed up with being brushed after a while and decided to play with the brush rather than let me use it but I was pleased that we had got further than we did with the combs.
I have since used the brush several times on her just for short periods at a time, after she has been brushed her fur does feel extremely soft and silky and although she is never that knotted I do remove quite a bit of loose fur from her, particularly in the summer months. I have also tried the brush on Poppy and Daisy and they love it, but they like the comb as well so I cant really go on their opinion, but whilst Layla still isn't a fan of being brushed and much prefers to keep her fur in shape herself she will let me her help her out with the Armitage Good Girl Brush.
I would definitely recommend this product, it really does do what it says it will, its gentle on your pet there's no pulling or snagging it simply glides through the fur removing any loose bits or anything they might have got tangled in there. It is also reasonably priced and of an excellent quality. I would suggest anyone that has a cat who hates to be combed gives this a try, I never thought I would be able to groom Layla but with this brush I do get a few minutes of brushing every so often without her attacking the brush within seconds of me starting. Its been well worth the money.
Now that the warm(ish) weather has come all four of my cats have started to shed their winter coat leaving cat hair absolutely everywhere! Ollie, my oldest cat, is the biggest offender. Although he is probably still technically classed as a short haired cat he still has quite a long, fluffy coat and I'm forever pulling out bits of plants out of his tail which he has collected during his back garden adventures.
The brush I originally had was, quite frankly, useless. Fed up of finding cat hairs all over recently washed clothes and such, I decided it was time to buy a new one and stop this problem once and for all.
I purchased Armitage Good Girl Cat Brush for just £2 which I thought was a reasonable price. It's a sturdy brush with thick bristles meaning the brush is perfect for cats with longer fur as well as short. As anyone with common sense would expect, this brush is perfectly fine to use on boy cats as well as girls.
As soon as I got home I found Ollie and sat him on my knee ready for his brush. Luckily he was nice enough to just sit there and let me brush him problem free. The brush untangled any knots in his fur, got out those bits of plants from his tail and removed all the hairs that would otherwise have ended up on my bed. After a twenty minute session (he required a good belly rub before I was allowed to brush it) he was back to looking his handsome self with a soft and neat coat of fur.
I moved on to brushing my other three cats fur which didn't take anywhere near as long given they don't have anywhere near as much fur. The brush worked just as well for them, they happily let me glide it across their coat so it could get out all the shed hairs.
I give Ollie a brush every two days and the other three once a week. This brush has proved an effective answer to the problem of cat fur everywhere as the amount I find has been significantly reduced since using this product.
This is one of the better pet brushes on the market that we have tried and at £1.70 was not that expensive either! It is is made of tough, durable black sturdy plastic and the bristles are tough enough to remove straggly and matted bits of fur without causing your cat too much distress! Of course, no cat likes having its fur combed in my experience so anything that relieves some of the stress for cat and owner is a godsend!
I find this to be a good quality product that is easy to clean once you finish grooming and is a size that makes it easy to store! Our last cat brush we had was large and unweildy and difficult to fit into our kitchen drawer but this fits perfectly without having to remove a ton of stuff that the wife insists needs to be kept in the kitchen!
The only bit I don't like is the paw-shaped bit at the end of the handle, manufactured with a hole so presumably you can hang it up? I find this a little uncomfortable to grip so hold the brush further down the handle but this is only a minor grievance!
Overall, there are probably better brushes available but they are more expensive in price. For what you pay, this is a great little brush that takes some of the hassle out of grooming my two boys!
When Mew initially adopted us we bought all the immediate kit such as food and feeding bowls, litter and litter tray but with Mew being a cat with medium length fur we soon realised that we needed a brush for him to.
We had been shopping Asda for his initial bits and pieces and had noticed a brush there so we went back and made our purchase. It was a Good Girl Cat Brush and cost us just £1.63. Since Mew is a little boy cat we didn't tell him the brush was made by Good Girl - we didn't want him having a crisis about his sexuality! LOL!
The brush is made of strong black and white plastic with plastic bristles. The end of the handles has a hole in it which is shaped like a cat's paw print. When we purchased the brush it was fitted onto a piece of card and vacuum sealed in plastic.
When Mew first came to live with us he had been living rough for a few months - our new neighbours told us that he had been trying to get one of them to take him in - so his coat didn't feel very nice at all! It felt almost greasy and every time we stroked him we felt we needed to wash our hands straight away.
I began brushing him every morning before his breakfast and his coat improved dramatically although I appreciate that this would have been due to him eating decent, regular food as well as being brushed. The brush is easy to keep clean as Mew's hair just pulls off the bristle in a clump and I can then throw it into our log burner.
I don't brush him every day now as he doesn't need it all the time. I tend to brush him more when he is moulting so that he doesn't get too much hair inside his stomach when he is cleaning himself.
When it rains and he comes running in I have a couple of terry towelling tea towels with pictures of cats on them which I use to give him a rub to dry him. He loves that and wriggles and purrs as I do it. Once it is done his fur is all over the place so he stands looking at the cupboard where the brush is kept so that I remember to brush him so that he looks handsome again!
Incidentally he loves being brushed and stretches out full length on the floor purring and moving his body round so that he makes sure that I brush everywhere!
In conclusion I would recommend this brush - it does the job well, Mew loves it and it was cheap to buy. It doesn't get better than that!