I have two cats one of whom is shorthaired and one of who is longhaired. I end up with cat hair all over my house especially when they are moulting. However neither of them really likes being brushed and this can be a bit of a battle so I was interested to buy this cat zoom groom as the advertising said that cats enjoy it more than a normal brush.
The zoom groom I got was a purple colour and was in the shape of a cat. It is totally made of rubber with rubber spikes which are meant to massage the cat at the same time as grooming them. It also advertises that it removes more cat hair than a normal brush.
I found the zoom groom was easy to hold and fitted nicely into the palm of my hand. On using it my cat did seem to enjoy it more than she normally enjoyed being brushed. You have to use quite a bit of pressure to move it through the fur and she was purring away for a few moments at the feel of this. She then decided it was a toy and to try and grab it out of my hand and eat it but she does this with most things so that is not the fault of the product!
What really impressed me with the zoom groom was the amount of cat hair it got out while I was brushing my cat. As it went deep into the fur the first few times I used it lots of hair came out that other brushes had probably never managed to reach. It left my cat's fur looking really shiny and glossy and I was very pleased with the effect. However the only downside was that so much fur came out that it seemed to go everywhere and both I and my clothes were totally covered in it
The cat zoom is quite easy to clean. The fur that is caught in the spikes can just be pulled out and then it can be rinsed under running water to clean. As it is totally rubber this does not spoil it at all so it can always be kept clean and hygienic
The zoom groom costs about £5 from various retailers and I really do believe it is great value for money. Hopefully my cats will continue to like it and I will remove more of their hair through brushing so there is less to come out all over the house!
My cat Max used to molt A LOT of fur, and he wasn't even a long haired cat. He plomp himself down somewhere and the everything would be absolutely covered in white fur. We were constantly hoovering and lint rollering ourselves and the furniture and it was getting to the point where we were hoovering every other day. We decided to try and combat the problem, first by bathing him - which helped for a while, but not long enough and he also hated baths, so we went to the pet shop in search of help. They recommended we try the Zoom Groom, a rubber cat brush for short haired cats that wasn't as harsh on their skin and fur as the metal bristled brushes. We bought it for around £5.
The packaging is a bit cheesy, and not very attractive. It has a grey moggy with a strange grin on its face and Zoom Groom written above it in a white bubble with pink swirly lettering. The background of the packaging is white and has some little diagrams showing 'flexible, ecstasy and easy', depicting the use of the brush. I don't really like the packaging, its a little bit cheesy and not very modern, but its not the packaging that is important.
I bought the brush in purple, although cats are colour blind any how so it was only really for my satisfaction. The brush is made of a matte rubber and is in the shape of a sitting cat. It has a cat and Zoom Groom imprinted on one side and has cone shaped bristles sticking out of the other side. The matte rubber means that the cat hair sticks to it very well and does not fall out of the brush, but also means that it is not harsh on the cats fur or skin, and gives a relaxing massage.
Not all cats will like the brush, friends of mine have cats that will go absolutely crazy practically claw your eyes out if you even go near them with a brush, but thankfully Max is a calm cat and actually took to the brush very well. His extremely loud purring proved that! The brush does not exactly glide through the fur so you do have to use a little bit of force, but the cat seemed to like it and rubbed his head near the brush for more. Getting to his belly was a little tricky as he didn't like being touched there so that part was a two person job.
The shape of the brush isn't the most convenient and is a little bit awkward to hold, but you get used to it.
The brush itself does get a lot of hair built up in it, and this has to be removed, however, the brush's matte texture means that because the hair sticks to it well, it is also difficult to remove all of it and takes time. The brush's matte texture also attracts dirt when simply lying around and you have to wash it in soapy water every so often.
The brush is not suitable for when you're trying to remove fleas or dirt from the cat so in that case you would unfortunately have to buy a thinner toothed metal comb or brush, as this simply isn't up to scratch (excuse the pun).
To summarise - this brush is very good for a simple groom to bond with your cat, and it removes excess fur during molting season very well, but if you want a more thorough brush then I'd suggest buying the metal toothed sort. Can get grubby and be awkward to handle but overall a good product and not bad for the price.
My cat received this brush as a present from my mother last Christmas and to be honest after using it a couple of times I was quite impressed but unfortunately Dashiel was much less impressed so it has now languished in a drawer for most of the past year.
The Zoom Groom brush is a cat shaped brush that is made from a soft rubber material. Even though it is cat shaped it is actually not that awkward or uncomfortable to hold which when first looking at it I was convinced it was going to be.
I was a little worried before using it that it was going to pull and hurt him as it is made from rubber but this doesn't seem to the case at all and he happily sat there and let me brush him for a good 10 minutes and seemed to enjoy the experience.
The thing I was impressed with the most was just how much hair this little rubber brush picks up. My cat casts like crazy and I am always finding hair everywhere. The brush managed to dislodge so much loose hair that afterwards when I was petting him not a single hair came loose in my hand. The makers do say that the brush acts like a magnet to dislodge loose hairs but I just assumed this was just marketing and was impressed when I lifted the brush after only a minute or so and saw all the hair stuck between the bristles even though I hadn't been using it vigorously or anything. I assume this is to do with the rubber causing static which dislodges any loose hairs.
The rubber bristles are also supposed stimulate your cat's skin and help the natural oil production which helps to give your cat a healthy coat.
I'm not so sure about this part but as an actual brush I thought it was great and it's just a shame that Dashiel for some unknown reason decided to take a dislike to the brush so much so that he refuses to sit if he sees it. I can sometimes trick him when I hide the brush but he goes crazy when he actually looks at it and runs away.
Even though my cat is clearly insane I'm sure other cats won't be so crazy and if you are looking for a brush that will really help with those loose hairs then you should give this a try. It is priced around the £5 to £6 mark and seems to be widely available.
After reading some very positive reviews on DooYoo and Amazon, I decided to buy one of these Zoom Grooms for my three cats. One of them in particular, Halo, tends to leave a lot of fur everywhere, and I thought a good brushing may help solve that problem. I picked up a purple Zoom Groom on eBay for around the £5 mark (including postage). It was a few pence cheaper than I'd seen elsewhere, and aqua ones are also available.
What is it? Well, the Zoom Groom is a soft rubber brush designed to massage your cat as well as remove any loose hairs. One of my cats is very clingy, one is just plain affectionate, and the other is just very laid back, so I thought they would get on pretty well with a Zoom Groom.
When it arrived I was a bit surprised by the rubber 'bristles', as they seemed very pointy even though the ends of the spikes are flat. Running it over the back of my hand, it did feel quite uncomfortable and I was a bit concerned. Picking it up though, you can tell it's well made as you'd expect from such a good brand as Kong. It's cat shaped, but fits nicely into the hand and you can hold it from either the wider end (the body) or the narrower end (the end) without discomfort. For that reason it's good for kids and those who have much bigger or smaller hands as well as those who have average size hands. In this respect it's an excellent design. I also like the cat design and ridges on the back. Overall, it's a quality product as would make a nice, unusual gift for a cat owner.
When it arrived, I was keen to use it straight away, in the style of a normal brush. Halo, my clingy cat, was instantly suspicious, whilst Chief, my affectionate cat, caught a whiff of it and wrinkled her nose up in disgust before stalking off. Out of curiosity I smelt it, and weirdly enough it doesn't smell like plastic at all but more like marzipan and home baking! Or maybe that's just my Zoom Groom. Anyway, I persevered and eventually managed to try brushing all three cats with it.
Halo was distinctly unimpressed and sat there for a bit without purring whilst I Zoom Groomed him. After a few minutes he got up, moved down the sofa a bit and sat with his back to me. That's typical Halo speak for 'I'm not happy with you' (and most often occurs when I shift my legs whilst sitting on the sofa).
Sin, the laid back cat, didn't seem to care much either way, but he didn't sit down for long and moved off to get some food (which, considering he hates the food that was out, says a lot).
Chief, the affectionate cat, seemed to think it was ok and sat on the table for a while whilst I Zoom Groomed her. She wasn't purring, but she did rub her head against the brush a couple of times. That doesn't necessarily mean much, since she pretty much does this to everything, including random sales people's legs and bits of wall.
In terms of how effective the brush was, it seemed to pull quite a lot of fur off the cats, particularly Chief and Halo. It was also very easy to remove from the brush, as you can pull it out and roll it up into balls easily, so there's less mess than I expected. As a brush it doesn't do a fantastic job - I was a bit worried that my shorthair cats' skin would be rubbed raw from using it for more than a few minutes, and it seemed to loosen hairs further as I saw tiny clouds of loose hair that came off when I brushed. They just seemed to settle back on the cat's coat despite repeated brushing, and if anything this has made the cat fur problem worse in the house. It may work better on long haired cats and those with thicker coats. On Sin's coat I got almost no hair off at all, so if your cat doesn't shed much then it's a completely pointless tool if they don't enjoy it either.
Other reviews have commented that the Zoom Groom made their cat's fur shinier. I didn't notice any effect on my cats' coats other than furrow/plough-effect rows down them from the spikes which I was tempted to plant seeds in. To be fair though, they do have extremely glossy coats already.
I thought this would be a nice treat for my cats and hopefully reduce the fur problem in my house, but unfortunately it doesn't look like that's happened. The cats don't enjoy being brushed with the Zoom Groom, so it's unlikely that your cat won't enjoy being brushed with this unless she/he enjoys being brushed in the first place. I do have several Kong products that I'm happy with, but unfortunately this one isn't great. I'll probably keep it around for my next set of foster cats, but I don't hold out much hope.
If you read my review on Johnson's 4Fleas Tablets for Cats and Kittens, you will already have met my cat, Bubbles.
For those of you that haven't, she has lots of long, thick black fur, which makes her very beautiful but also rather messy. To give you an idea of what her fur's like, we believe she's half Maine Coon, and she definitely inherited her fur from that parent!
She sheds her fur quite a lot (usually all over the hallway carpet...), and it can become matted if we're not careful. To combat this, we try to brush her fur as much as possible - we used to use an ordinary wire brush, which, although aimed at cats, used to snag on all her long fur and pull her skin, making it a very uncomfortable process. She used to run a mile whenever the brush appeared!
Obviously this is by no means ideal, so when we saw the Zoom Groom brush on sale, we thought it was worth a try as it couldn't be any less successful than what we were using!
We bought ours from Pets at Home a few years ago, although I'm not sure if they still sell them or not. You can currently purchase one of these brushes from Amazon for £5.89, or for £5.41 from www.netpetshop.co.uk, amongst other places.
So what makes this brush different?
Well, it's made entirely from moulded rubber, which offers a little flexibility in its movement, as well as comfort. It is in the shape of a cat, which ergonomically makes it very comfortable to hold in the palm of your hand.
As you hold the brush in your hand, the side facing away from you has 26 little cones on it, made from the same piece of moulded rubber. They are each about 2cm in height, and do not have any sharp points. It is these little rubber cones that do the brushing...
...And massaging. Yes, that's right, as well as getting rid of any loose fur on your cat, the soft rubber creates a massaging effect on your cat's skin.
Don't believe me? Bubbles is a little wary of most people, and always enjoys being stroked by me and my dad, but isn't really keen on being stroked or touched by anyone else (unless she wants to, of course!). However, no matter who is doing the brushing, she goes gaga for this brush, and loves nothing more than to have a long brushing/massaging/stroking session! Gone are the days of her heading to the hills when we take out the brush - instead, she heads for us!
Its hair removing qualities are second-to-none, as well. The conical pieces get right in, even deep between the longest, thickest fur, to remove any loose hair and to smooth out any little knots. The formation of the cones means that all the fur stays put on the brush, so you can just pull the whole lot off in one go when you're done brushing.
I don't know whether it's down to the type of brush, or the actual action of brushing your cat's fur, but after using this brush you'll find that your cat's fur is noticeably softer, smoother, silkier and shinier. Gosh, I sound like I'm reviewing a rather lovely shampoo!
Taking the loose fur off the brush is easy as pie and means the whole process is so simple and mess-free. It also means that the brush is instantly clean again - even if it isn't, the fact that it's made from rubber means it can simply be wiped clean with a damp cloth, and it looks as good as new.
Overall, this is an excellently thought out piece of grooming equipment - both in design, material and functionality. It has transformed brushing Bubbles from something that was dreaded, into something thoroughly enjoyable and effective for both of us!
I inherited the cat zoom groom in a really sad way, my friends cat was sadly knocked over and died two weeks ago so he asked if I wanted some of his things as he didn't want them lying around the house reminding him of his poor cat - he knew that I had only just got my kitten so the things would come in handy.
The cat zoom groom was brand new and still attached to the packaging, and he had only bought it two days before it had happened. The brush is attached to a bright yellow card and is surrounded by bits of information about it. On the reverse of the card is some information on how to use the brush and the benefits of it. The brush is made out of what I can only describe as a rubbery material which is quite thick and appears strong and durable. The brush comes in the shape of a cat and has the words zoom groom featured at the bottom. On the reverse of the brush are some thick rubber bristles which look like they would be quite unpleasant for the cat in all honesty!
The shape of the brush makes it easy to grip and feels comfortable while you are brushing your cat. Using the brush for the first time I soon found out that the bristles are really flexible and this means that it is comfy for both you and the cat and it makes the brushing process really easy. With it being so flexible it is even easy to brush down the tail and around the head without it feeling uncomfortable for the cat!
The information on the card states that you can use this when bathing your cat!? Bathing a cat?? I tried to bath my previous cat on one occasion and it is safe to say I wouldn't be trying it again!! So if you wish to try it in the bath I would love to hear your feedback!
As Cleo is still very very tiny I was a little wary about using such a big brush (well anything looks big when next to her at the moment) but I needn't have worried as she seems to love the feel of being brushed with the zoom groom. Like I say she is tiny, so doesn't really need brushing very much as yet but I do love the way her fur looks so shiny when I have brushed her so I think I will limit it to once or twice a week at the moment. I cannot comment on how the brush is for removing loose hair or knots as yet, but I can say that I think it will do the job really well from the feel of the bristles.
I have looked into the price of the zoom groom and it is available from Pets At Home for around £5 or alternatively you can find them in many Vets too. Although I obviously didn't pay for the zoom groom I would say it is very good value for money and would happily recommend it to cat owners. There is a possibilty that your cat won't like the feel of it at first if they aren't used to being brushed, my friends cat hated it at first I have since heard, but after a few weeks they started to actually enjoy it!
I would definately give the zoom groom a full five out of five Dooyoo stars!
Thank you for reading my review :)
Cats usually enjoy being pampered. Ours get excited when the brush appears. We used to have one of those metal ones with sharp spikes. If you pressed too hard, the cat would miaow and hiss at you then march off. We got one of these a while back from a pet store, as it looked less abrasive than the metal brush that we had been using.
The brush was about four pounds and is made from a rubbery like material. You can get some movement out of the brush by bending it in the hands, but it will not snap. The design work is solid and simple and the look of the brush is straight forward. It has been moulded into the shape of a cat, supposedly to make your brushing more enjoyable. It does not quite look like a cat, but it is a neat touch to add an artistic twist to the product.
It is comfy enough to hold and you can grip it easily enough in one hand. The generous sized teeth and gaps allow you to do a thorough brushing. I liked the way that the brush gathered up bigger chunks of fur than the old metal brush, which has very fine gaps. This chunky brush was thus easier to clean. You can simply pull out big tufts of fur then wash the brush under a tap. I reckon this did a better job overall because the brush seems to hold more fur, so you aren't constantly scraping off fur and starting over again.
The cats all rather liked it too. The prongs delivered a gentle massaging action which provoked a plethora of purrs! There was no hissing this time around, so they seem to favour the rubbery brush. This is an effective, well priced cat tool and we have got good use out of it to date. Worth getting for your moggy.
Two or our cats Poppy and Layla have quite long fur which requires brushing from time to time to prevent knots and matting, whilst Poppys fur is thick and reasonably long, Laylas is not as thick as Poppys but quite a bit longer, our third cat Daisy has very short fur but despite this she does enjoy being brushed so we tend to do it so she does not feel left out, although after a good brush her short fur feels lovely and soft. We have the usual metal flea combs that we use on them, but Layla is not too keen on this and often ends up biting and playing with it, but when I saw the Zoom Groom in our local pet shop I thought I would give it a try as it looked like it would be much more gentle on their skin and for some reason thought Layla might prefer it to the usual metal combs we have.
Appearance & Packaging
The Zoom Groom brush comes on a brightly coloured card with various facts about the comb written on it and pictures of cats enjoying being brushed with the Zoom Groom, there is also a small piece of information about how to use the brush and the benefits of it written on the back of the card (this I will explain later) The brush itself is made of a thick rubbery feeling material which is very strong and durable. The brush is in the shape of a cat sitting down with the cats features cut of the rubber along with the words Zoom Groom, the shape of the brush makes it very easy and comfortable to hold whilst brushing your cat. Although the Zoom Groom is described as a brush it is not a typical brush, the 'bristles' are thick and made from the same rubber material that the rest of the brush is made from, I thought that the rubber bristles would be difficult to comb through ours cats fur and would not really do much in keeping them knot free, however I was wrong and the bristles doe glide smoothly through their fur. The Zoom Groom comes in a variety of bright colours however the shape and design is exactly the same.
How the Zoom Groom Works
The Zoom Groom is a flexible brush, which for me personally is a real benefit as it means you can easily brush all of your cat quickly and easily, the flexibility allows you to even brush down their tails and around their faces. The rubber bristles are designed to groom, bathe and caress your cat (as described on the card) Now I can agree with the grooming and caressing your cat as they do really seem to enjoy it and their fur feels lovely after being combed with the Zoom Groom. However the card does state that you can use the Zoom Groom when bathing your cat, now for all you cat owners have you ever actually tried to bath a cat!!!!!! Unfortunately I have, when Layla was a kitten she had a total of 3 baths in about a week after getting emultion in her fur, gloss paint in her fur and then falling tail first down the toilet as I lifted the lid up. Now Layla was a tiny 2 or 3 month old kitten when she was bathed so it was easy to avoid the claws and teeth that we trying to attack me but as for bathing a full grown cat, not something I would fancy never mind trying to comb them with a Zoom Groom at the same time, a recipe for disaster if you ask me!!!!
The Zoom Groom is also designed to remove any loose fur and reduce malting, again a real benefit if your cat has a lot of fur, when Poppy has been brushed there is usually enough fur on the brush to make another cat!!! As well as keeping your cats fur in excellent condition the Zoom Groom is designed to stimulate capillaries inorder to keep you cats coat healthy and also to keep their skin healthy. So all in all the Zoom Groom is an excellent product to keep you cats coat in the best possible condition.
Does It Work?
Basically yes it does, the shape and flexibility as stated on the card really does help when brushing as you can get to all areas of you cats fur to keep it knot free, and the rubber bristles are very gentle on you cats skin and do not pull the fur if they do happen to get a knot in it. I cannot really say that it reduces the amount of malting as Poppy and Layla both have a lot of fur so tend to malt so much in the summer I'm surprised they are not bald but regular brushing with the Zoom Groom does help to control it a bit, but I still end up with lumps of fur all over the carpet!!!!
The Zoom Groom can be purchased from most pet shops such as Pets at Home, it can also be bought from Amazon as well. They usually cost between £4 and £5 depending on where you buy it from. Personally I think they are very reasonably priced and well worth the money.
Overall i would definitely recommend the Zoom Groom, it is an excellent way to keep your cats well groomed. After being brushed with the Zoom Groom all of our cats (even Daisy with her short fur) feel so soft, and their coats are lovely and shiny. The Zoom Groom definitely helps to keep their fur in excellent condition and knot free. This is a product I would recommend for any cat.
When the summer rolled around this year (or the lack of summer) my two cats started to shed their winter coats like crazy. There was fur everywhere but the problem was both cats have a dislike for being brushed. I find it strange seeing as my last two cats absolutely loved rubbing themselves against a nice little brush but these two look at you as though you are mad.
Deciding that they did indeed need to be brushed but with something that would feel nice on my cats, I looked into the Cat Zoom Groom brush. I purchased it from my local pet shop after the sales assistant showed me how much the cat which lived in the pet shop liked it! So £4.99 later, I left the shop in hope that I had not just flushed nearly a fiver down the toilet.
The Cat Zoom Groom brush comes in a little cardboard pack which is bright yellow and advertises the name of the product above a drawing of a cat. The front of the packaging shows you how to use the brush on your cat and then in the centre is the brush itself. The brush I got is the same as the one pictured and is a nice turquiose colour. I am not sure if you can purchase it in any other colours or not. It is shaped like a cat on one side and has nice little bits of detail to it. On the otherside are little rubber bristles which are not sharp or pointy.
The rubber of the brush is nice and flexible and any lose hairs which you collect off of your cat are stored inbetween the bristles, much like a human brush would. The bristles are meant to be massaging for your cat and lull them into a relaxed state.
The brush itself fits nicely into the palm of your hand making it very easy to use and direct on your cat. I do recommend using the brush in one direction on your cat and that is from the head to the tail as this is the most relaxing and comfortable way to remove hairs from a cat. If your brush them from tail to head you will find that the brush will tug at your cat's fur and you will end up covered in scratches - just ask my husband!
Luckily for me both of my cats are very much lap cats and love to sleep on you so it was pretty easy for me to get them into position to use the brush on them. What surprised me the most though was just how much fur I managed to get out of them! If I am honest, I probably could have made little replica cats with all the fur! The bigger surprise though was that both of my cats seemed to enjoy the experience with the brush! As I started brushing with it, they started purring and clutching my legs - this was definately a first with any type of grooming with them!
I found that the brush removed alot of dead hair from my cats and left their coats looking glossier than before. The brush is nice and comfortable to use as it fits neatly into the palm of your hand.
The brush is very easy to clean, just a case of running it under warm, soapy water to make it look as good as new.
It is also nice and durable. I don't think an atom bomb could break this rubber brush apart! I do think it will last for a long time to come. I highly recommend this brush for even the most fussiest of cats! Great product!
The last thing I ever dreamed of doing was grooming my cat, in all of her fourteen years she has never been groomed as there was never the need. To my surprise this year she had decided to shed her hair like no body's business.
I am not sure if this is down to her age or if she is shedding her winter coat for the first time in fourteen years, but it was driving me mad as she was leaving clumps of hair everywhere and every item of clothing I put on would be covered in her hair.
I was using the dyson and clothing brush daily which stopped me walking around all hairy, but I found the perfect solution while I was shopping for dog shampoo in pets at home.
KONG CAT GROOM
I found this zoom groom for cats, it is produced by the major American pet company Kong, who are very well known for their pet toys and grooming accessories. It is only at this point that I noticed that the company cater for cats and all of their grooming and entertainment needs.
This cat zoom groom is very similar to Kong's doggy version the uni-groom, it is made using the same soft flexible rubber which is designed so that any lose hairs are collected within the firm spikes that are situated in rows all the way through the comb.
The flexibility of the brush is soft enough that the shedding coat is removed and the skin is simulated by a gentle massage, which will help maintain the furs natural oils. In this process the brush moulds itself around the contours of the cat's body and gently rubs the skin while dislodging the loosened hair.
This unique grooming brush is very comfortable to use as it fits into the palm of your hand perfectly, as it is actually shaped like a cat. I tend to cup the body of the zoom groom in my hand and repeatedly groom the cat from head to tail.
I found that you do need to groom the cat in one direction against the hairs growth as this will then be a pleasurable experience for the cat and remove all of the shedding hair. If you use this zoom groom against the hairs growth, for example grooming from tail to head this will pull out the cat's hair and result in the cat becoming fearful of any future grooming sessions.
Once you have finished grooming the cat, you can easily pick the hair from the brush and throw it away, but I did notice that the brush got gunked up very easily. This was down to the soft texture of the brush itself, as it would not only collect hair but also any dead skin that maybe hanging about in the cats fur.
To clean the brush I tend to soak it in boiling hot soapy water, this will not only sanitize the brush it will also remove any dirt and grime embedded within the soft spikes of the brush.
PRICE / AVAILABILITY
You can purchase these cute cat shaped zoom grooms online, at many pet retailers or Amazon for as little as £3.99 plus postage, but I managed to luckily find mine at my local Pets At Home superstore.
I bought mine for the bargain price of £5.29 which in my opinion is money well spent as it has cured the hair problem and the cat actually loves the whole experience.
If you cat tends to sit on your knee, then this will be an ideal opportunity to groom your cat, but beware this will remove all shedding hair so you will get covered in it. I found the cat will stroll up to me without hesitation when she realises I have got the Zoom Groom out, as she finds the whole grooming experience very pleasurable indeed.
The first time I used this I was very impressed at how much hair actually came out of the cat's coat, but even after that first grooming I instantly noticed the difference, in both the amount of cat hair floating around and the cats coat instantly looked 100% smoother and shinier.
I feel this zoom groom is a must for all cat owners as it has cured my un-wanted hair problem, I would also say that this would be ideal for most short haired dogs if they are prone to shedding their hair frequently.
I would not recommend this for longer haired animals as I feel it would pull at their hair if you came across any knots, so for the longer haired animals I suggest you use a brush or comb.
My two cats were never very keen on being brushed. This surprised me - the cats I had in the past enjoyed a good combing and would come running when you got the brush out, but not these two! Despite having groomed them both since they were kittens, they just don't like it. I tried an assortment of brushes & combs over time, thinking that perhaps they found the stiff-bristled brush too scratchy, without any success. The Zoom Groom looked like it would give more of a massage-y feeling, so I figured I'd give it a go.
The result - well, I won't say that my cats now adore being groomed. One of them seems to enjoy the process somewhat, particularly if I use the Zoom Groom in the opposite direction to the fur growth (weirdo), but the other only tolerates it. I suppose tolerance is an improvement on blunt refusal.
As to how well the brush works - I'm really, really pleased with that. On both the medium and the short haired cat, a good brush with the Zoom Groom produces a thick wad of soft fur in the teeth of the brush. It's also good for getting cat fur (and lint) off your clothes & upholstery. The brush itself is easy to keep clean - no clots of dust & fur stuck in at the base of the bristles. The cats feel great after being groomed with the Zoom Groom, lovely & soft - the Russian Blue comes up really shiny.
I've used my Zoom Groom now for about three years. It doesn't break or wear out, and I suspect it will only need replacing when I lose it (hasn't happened yet, but you never know). Admittedly I don't groom them on a daily basis - usually just when they seem to be shedding a lot.
In summary, I think it's a great product. Give it a go.
I first bought one of these for my dog when she was a puppy, and seeing how much she loved it, and how well it worked for her, I also purchased a cat one for the two all black shorthaired moggies that own me.
The rubber construction is very easy to hold and grip, my cats seem to purr with delight when I get it out and rub themselves all over it while I'm trying to bursh them as it also massages!
Being made of rubber it has certain static properties, which means the hair doesn't fly off around the room as much while you're brushing them unlike traditional brushes. You can also use the brush to brush your sofa or other soft furnishings as it collects all the hair up in one pile easily, ready for you to bin.
This is a great starter brush for someone with a long or shorthaired kitten as it's very soft and massages, so it won't scare a kitten by being tuggy and harsh on it's skin.
For shorthaired cat owners this is the only brush you'll ever need, it helps so much with moulting in the house cos I can get most of the dead hair out before it drops everywhere.
Of course, grooming your animals is a great way to build up the bond between the two of you, and is very useful for keeping track of the condition of your cat's coat, and identifying any abnormalities or skin problems.
The cat Zoom Groom is perfect for getting loose hair off my ferrets...like cats, ferrets are prone to hairballs, however unlike cats they cannot vomit them up, so hairballs in the intenstines can cause blockages and huge problems.
The Zoom Groom is a funky looking rubber brush by Kong with a cat on the back that comes in a variety of interesting colours. It doesnt look like a typical pet brush, instead it has soft rubber spikes.
The Zoom Groom is comfortable to use, despite it being cat shaped it is ergonomic on the hands.
Zoom Grooms are just brilliant at removing dead hair from ferrets...and thus other animals', coats. They dont tug on the hair like traditional brushes, instead the hair is loosened and massaged out. My ferrets dont particularly seem to enjoy it, but this is more a testament to the fact that ferrets dont like sitting still for more than 30 seconds, than the fact that the brush causes them any discomfort. Also, because the Zoom Groom is rubber, there is less chance of you knocking bony bits with hard bristles or plastic handles. They are also great for massaging your pets coats to condition the skin.
The hair that comes off with a Zoom Groom is very impressive, I was literally pulling lumps of fur off the brush during moulting seasons, and its quite scary to think that amount of hair could have ended up in my ferrets! A five minute Zoom Groom daily during moulting seasons is brilliant for reducing any shed hair you might find around your home, no matter what sort of furry you've got...it is particularly brilliant for rabbits!
A Cat Zoom Groom costs £5.86, and if you have short coated animals its really the only brush you need to buy, so its a bargain!
If your cat hates being brushed with traditional slicker brushes, give the Zoom Groom a try. If I can make my ferrets sit still long enough for me to use it, you can certainly do so with your cat!
I had one of these and had to abandon it in favour of a standard brush for my two cats. My lads actually like being groomed and we have an assortment of various brushes to do this and vary the brush for the area, what mood they're in and how much hair we want to take off. I bought one of these for about £5.00 thinking they'd love it. How silly I am!
Firstly one of my boys doesn't like alot of smells and rubber seems to be something he objects to. Alot of rubber items will lose their smell over time but my lad will avoid these items forever if he once gets even the faintest whiff of rubber. I left this on the floor for a few days to encourage my two to have a look, a sniff and perhaps a cheek of the item but they both studiously ignored it and took a wide berth around it.
So I decided to have a quick go with it anyway, sometimes they like things once they realise what they are. My first boy who usually rolls and purrs when brushed struggled to get away from this and cringed away each time I tried to use it. I couldn't persuade him this was a good idea so let him be.
My second lad who likes being groomed but less so than his brother also cringed away from this so I decided to try it on myself! Only way to tell what's really happening so I tried it on my hair.
It pulls like crazy! The rubber seems to stick to the hair and really tug at it so no wonder mine didn't like it! I have long hair so I tried it on my brother's short hair and he immediately declared "ow, get off it's pulling!" so no good for grooming brothers either..!
I realise our hair is a different texture to their fur but I stopped using mine after I'd felt the tugging, if it tugged on my hair I wasn't going to use it on their more densely packed coats. Mine are shorthairs so I thought it would be fine. We went back to the usual brushes after this.
What is a Kong Zoom Groom?*
The Zoom Groom is a rubber grooming aid produced by Amercian pet care company 'Kong'- perhaps best known for their red rubber dog toys- it is part of their grooming range which caters mainly for dogs, cats and horses.
*The product itself*
The Zoom Groom is quite unsual compared to most other grooming products- its a blue rubber cat shaped brush with soft rounded 'spikes' which help to remove loose hair and dead skin from your pet, aswell as stimulating the natural oils in your pets coat- these help keep the fur clean and shiny. Grooming mits I have used in the past have been very hard to hold, but this design allows you to easily hold the brush in one hand, whilst leaving your other hand free to keep hold of your pet. The rubber 'spikes' are also designed to massage your pets skin as you groom them, this is particually good for animals who don't like being brushed as it feels more like they are being stroked and also helps strenghten the bond you and your pet already have- grooming is particually good for building up trust in new/rescued animals too, aswell as being essential to the wellbeing of your pet.
The brush comes attached to a small piece of yellow card telling you all the information you need to know about the product- it also has the contact details for Kong should you have any complaints or comments. You can easily see and feel the brush, allowing you to get a good idea of the product before purchasing it.
*Price & Availabilty*
I purchased my Zoom Groom from Pets At Home for £5.00 which is very cheap compared to most professional grooming aids. They are available from several online stores and probably most small local pet shops too, although they may cost slightly more.
Like alot of cats, my boy Jet HATES with a passion, being groomed. He never allowed me any where near him with a normal cat brush, and I had to resort to my partner holding Jet whilst I brushed him, which was obviously very stressful for him, and left me covered in stratches! So when I spotted the Zoom Groom I was more than willing to give it a go, I began using it gently whilst Jet was on my lap, and like the packaging claimed- it gave a massaging effect aswell as successfully removing his loose hair. The flexiable rubber bends to the shape of Jets body, so for him it feels like he is being stroked and now never notices that I'm actually grooming him. His general coat condition has also improved greatly since using this product.
The Zoom Groom can be used for other animals too- it works very well on Grace- my Rottweilers short coat although it isn't suitable for the longer hair of Ruby and Benson.
*Ease of cleaning*
It is obviously important to keep your animals grooming equipment clean, and the Zoom Groom is very easily cleaned. The rubber allows it to be simply scrubbed in soapy water, then rinsed and left to naturally air dry. The loose hair that collects in the brush is easily removed by tapping on a hard surface or brushing away with an old toothbrush.
*Pro's & Con's*
+ The animals hardly know they are being groomed
+ Massages, and stimulates coat oils aswell as removing loose hair
+ Flexible material allows it to bend to the contours of your pets body
+ Can be used on other animals, not just cats
+ Long lasting
+ Easy to clean
- Not suitable for long haired pets
- Easily chewed, I'm on Zoom Groom number 3 already. Although thats my fault for leaving them in Graces reach!
Designed for grooming and massaging cats