We have six cats who all live indoors, and hairballs can be a bit of an issue. Because cats groom by licking their fur, they end up swallowing a lot of the fur and this can result in them hacking up hairballs - it can also lead to more serious digestive problems and blockages. To try and combat this problem, we were looking for a good brush to help our cats with grooming and remove a lot of the loose fur, and everyone we spoke to recommended the Furminator.
The Furminator comes in different varieties - some are suitable for dogs and some for cats, you can get them in large or small pet varieties and can specify long or short hair. The one we have is for 'large cats', which is an appropriate description of at least four of our lot!
The Furminator is a very sturdy brushing tool, with an easy-grip rubber handle and a stainless steel comb. The Furminator has a curved design and is very easy to control when grooming the cats. The teeth on the comb are very densely spaced and this makes the comb highly effective for teasing out any loose hairs that are lurking just under the surface - I was impressed by the comb's ability to do this without seeming to pull on the hair or, more importantly, annoy the cats.
I normally use the Furminator for a few minutes at a time on each of our cats (except for our oldest one, who is too small and skinny to be brushed). Cats are notorious for only tolerating so much grooming - they mostly enjoy being brushed around their heads and along their backs, but get a bit more resistant when you move the brush towards their tummies. Miraculously, most of ours seem to quite enjoy the feel of the Furminator. The tool gathers a huge amount of loose fur in only a few minutes, and this is easily removed from the Furminator, which also has a button you can press to free up the comb and clean it more easily.
The Furminator has definitely made a difference in our house, in terms of reducing the amount of fur shed by the cats and reducing the incidence of hairballs. The fact that the cats quite enjoy being brushed with it is a real bonus. We paid around 20GBP for our Furminator, which is more than I've ever spent on a hairbrush for myself, but this is an investment which has paid off.
I've a Black Labrador and have battled for years with her shedding, my floors are mostly white and her maulting is that bad I'm sweeping at least twice a day. I thought I had tried everything, I'd changed her diet, I'd spoken to the vet, I'd tried various shampoos and brushes on the market and then I discovered the Furminator!! My only regret is I didn't find it 5 years ago.
It is an outstanding product, I really cannot give this enough praise. The change in my floors is beyond belief but not only that my dogs coat is the most beautiful and shiny it's ever been. The furminator works by taking out most of the undercoat certain breeds have which greatly will reduce the shedding, and it also gives the top coat a really good going over leaving it always looking professionally groomed. I recommend this product to anyone with a high shedding dog!
I absolutely adore my cat and as everyone who knows me knows he is completely spoiled and rules the roost in my house. The only thing that about him that really irritates me is the fact that he is so hairy. He is a short haired ginger tom and before getting him I really would not have thought it possible that he could shed as many hairs as he does. I am not exaggerating when I say that his hairs are everywhere and some days I feel as though I am leaving the house with him as even my clothes are covered in ginger hairs. This used to drive me up the wall as it wasn't as though I didn't groom him but nothing I even did seemed to be enough and within 5 minutes of being brushed there would be hairs everywhere again. This was until I discovered the Furminator. My sister had bought one for her long haired cat and she was telling me all about how amazing it was. I didn't really pay much heed until I was visiting her one day and she gave me a quick demonstration using the Furminator on her cat. After seeing this demo I went straight home and ordered one for my own cat as I was that impressed.
~~~~~~~~~~ The Furminator ~~~~~~~~~~
The Furminator is basically a grooming tool for cats, dogs and even horses. I have the smaller one which is designed for short haired cats but you can also buy one that is designed for long haired cats, medium sized dogs, large dogs and even horses!
The Furminator looks like some sort of small garden implement and has a comb on top which resembles a metal nit comb. It works by removing the loose undercoat of an animal which a normal brush usually misses or can't reach. It removed these loose hairs without damaging the top coat and leaves your animal looking shiny and healthy looking.
~~~~~~~~~~ My Experience of the Furminator ~~~~~~~~~~
I was so excited to try out my Furminator the moment it arrived. It looked a little smaller than the one my sister had but was the ideal size for my short haired cat.
The brush is top notch when it comes to construction and is a combination of metal, rubber and plastic. The rubber handle is designed in a way that it moulds to your finger when using it so that you don't slip at all and is really comfortable to use.
I was a little worried about using this on my cat to begin with as I wasn't sure how he would react to the metal comb going through his coat and I was worried that it might hurt or irritate him so I went extra gentle to begin with. I needn't have worried though as it didn't seem to bother him and he actually looked to be enjoying it so I was able to get a bit more vigorous with the brushing. Within a couple of strokes I was already amazed with just how much hair seemed to be coming off and in fact I had to stop and double check the Furminator wasn't actually shaving him as so much was coming loose.
Because all the loose hair becomes trapped in the comb you need to stop every minute or so to be able to take the hair out. Luckily the Furminator comes with a little push button that slides the hair out of the comb so you don't have to spend ages untangling and removing it from in between the comb.
It is recommended that you spend about 10 to 15 minutes twice a week brushing you animal with the Furminator and the first time I used it I spend a good 20 minutes making sure that I had completely brushed him. I was able to use the brush all over him on his stomach and his head and ears with no problem. He did get a little bored but the brush never actually hurt or irritated him even on his more delicate areas. Just make sure that you don't actually dig the metal comb into your pet's skin and hurt them when you are busy brushing them.
I am not exaggerating that after this first brush with the Furminator I was AMAZED with just how much hair I had got from him. I wouldn't have even though he had that much hair on his body let alone just loose hair from his undercoat.
I actually managed to fill a carrier bag nearly a quarter of the way full with just his loose hair which I was truly shocked about. Afterwards his coat looked gorgeous and was full of shine and vitality and when I stroked him there was no hairs flying off him as there had been previously. By the time I had finished he looked like a new cat as his coat was in such nice condition and he even looked a little smaller which I suppose isn't surprising when you consider just how much hair was actually removed.
~~~~~~~~~~ Price and Availability ~~~~~~~~~~
The Furminator is widely available in both pet shops and online and ranges in price from around about £20 to £30 depending on what size that you buy. I bought my one online and I found it for £17.99 which seemed to be on the cheaper side of what you can pay. There seems to be a few companies doing Furminators now but I would recommend that you invest in a decent one preferably the original so that you know that you are getting a quality product and not one that is going to damage your pet's skin when brushing it.
~~~~~~~~~~ Recommendation ~~~~~~~~~~
I really cannot recommend the Furminator enough to all pet owners who have animals that shed. I personally do my cat now twice a week and it has made a massive difference to the amount of hair he sheds. My furniture and clothes are no longer covered in hairs and I do now not constantly have to brush hair out of my eye or mouth if he comes up for a cuddle. I now no longer get nearly as much hair as I did that first time I brushed him but it still amazes me with the amount of hair that I do get on a twice weekly basis. His coat is looking more healthy and groomed than it ever has before and as he now no longer has as much loose hair to deal with he is bound to be healthier as cats can swallow up to ¾ of their loose hair causing fur balls and stomach problems for them so not only does it make my life easier with less hair to clean and contend with but it has actually made a difference to his health which for me is the most important thing at the end of the day.
If you have a hairy cat or dog and their shedding is causing you problems then get yourself one of these brushes and be amazed by the difference it makes to you and your pets life. I cannot rate this highly enough as it not only met my expectations it exceeded them.
This brush actually works for cats, dogs and certain other furry pets. After long experience with many cats and many grooming brushes, I'd have to say this one was the best. It's the only brush I have ever used where cats don't put up with or mildly enjoy being grooomed, they are actively enthusiastic about it. I'm not joking - the current cats come running for the furminator in the same way the come running for treats.
The Furminator has a single row of shaped metal teeth. Different lengths and sizes are available for shorter or longer furred pets, or larger or smaller animals. The plastic handle gives you a very good grip and a lot of control over where the brush goes and how you groom with it. I use the smaller short-haired version, but I know someone with the dog version (and a labrador) who also loves it.
It isn't used in quite the same way as a normal grooming brush. Quick light strokes, as if you were stroking the pet, rapidly lift all the loose fur out. In fact, pressing down makes the furminator less effective and the animal will not enjoy it as much. It is important not to press too hard or use the furminator for too long in each session. A light daily brushing works best, but if you over-use it you can start thinning your pet's coat by removing live hair, and because the pet is enjoying it they won't protest.
You will need to clean the brush off regularly, and lift some of the remaining loose fur which accumulates at the end of your strokes off your pet by hand. However as the furminator has straight teeth this is very easy and can be done by hand in one move, compared to other grooming brushes where I needed a comb to get the fur out of the brush.
The only real problem I have had is that the cats like it so much they keep trying to rub their head over the brush while I am grooming them, purring loudly, and won't keep still. Since one is a rescue cat that hates being groomed, this is a big change from the growls and flailing claws we used to deal with.
Shop around for this however, as there is a lot of price variation between suppliers and it's worth getting a few quotes for comparison first. For example, I've seen the one I bought advertised anywhere between £8 and £24.
Overall the furminator is an excellent (I'd say essential) tool for pet owners, that takes the pain out of grooming for them and their pet.
I first came across the furminator range when I was getting something from my sisters kitchen and saw that she had one for our/her (we are meant to share but....I will let her have him!) bulldog. She said that it was a brilliant comb and she wouldnt ever consider another one now. Butch has white short hair but it does malt quite a lot and being white it gets everywhere - all over the sofas, all over work clothes, jeans, bed covers, carpets - you name it, Butchy's hairs there. I was intrigued by this magic comb so I had a go and I was surprised to see how much hair it did actually remove from his coat because when using a normal comb you dont tend to be able to grab too much hair because his hair is short and soft. This was over a year ago, probably around eighteen months ago so I was still living with my parents and at that moment in time just our cat, Thomas. I went on and on at my mum to get one because Thomas is a blue smoke persian and therefore his coat needs to be kept in tip top condition because if its not, it can easily become matted and persians are prone to furballs. Also, he looks 10x as beautiful when he's had a nice comb! She did get one and ours looks different to those above but is most similar to the blue one shown above. Ours is a metallic blue colour, about the same size and looks a bit more curvy.
What is a furminator?
Furminator produce what is termed as deshedding tools rather than pet combs. The 'tools' work by removing loose hair from your pets undercoat too which usually gets left behind meaning that when your cat grooms, it is more than likely that a lot of it will end up going in their mouth and then being digested. It also reduces the amount of loose hair in the home and gives your pet a more groomed look.
What types can I buy and where from?
Furminator have a range for dogs, cats and also do a comb for small animals and horses. They can be found easily online though the official website which is American warns of cheap imitations. However, I have found them on Pet Planet so I'm sure these ones are genuine. Currently on Pet Planet for dogs there are five sizes of furminator depending on your dog type - toy dog, small, medium, large and giant. Prices range from £24.99 to £45.99. Cats have a choice of long or short hair and then are defined by size with prices ranging from £24.99 to £34.99, however Pet Planet currently have a limited choice and by looking on the official website I can see there are a lot more in the range.
How do I use it?
You use the furminator exactly the same as you would any other comb, just brush your pets hair with it. It has a comfortable rubber handle which has a raised design on it to provide grip and the head of the comb is angled making it very easy to comb your pet. Once full with hair, there is a release button that you press which pushes the hair out of the comb making it easy to dispose of.
But my pets a nightmare to comb....
Since buying the comb my parents have acquired Thomas' brother who moved in 9 months ago and hasnt left. He is the same as Thomas so has very long hair and his is prone to getting messy a lot more quickly because they seem to have different textured fur, whilst Thomas' is quite thin and silky, Tiggers is thicker and he seems to have more of it!
Brushing Thomas with this comb is easy. I have always been a very gentle hairdresser with my pets believing that if done often enough, knots shouldnt pose too much of a problem. Thomas is fine with this comb. He's quite happy to sit there and let you comb him until he has had enough.
Tigger is a little bit of a pickle when it comes to combing! He absolutely hates it and will do anything to get out of it, my Dad even had to buy some gardening gloves to wear when grooming him to protect his hands from the teeth and claws that come out as soon as he see's the comb! However, if done gently, Tigger is fine with this comb and is quite happy as long as he has a pot of treats in front of his nose so he knows he will receive a few by way of payment.
But does it work?
Yes! We have had persian cats my whole life and therefore recognise how much of an issue their fur is! Our furminator does a fantastic job though and removes 5x as much hair as a normal comb would. When combing T+T the furminator is always my first choice but for some reason my mum and dad prefer a traditional comb. I think this is because if the boys do have knots, they are easier to work out with a more traditional style comb because the teeth on the comb are wider and therefore more accomodating.
On Thursday I brushed Tigger with our furminator and it never ceases to amaze me just how much fur it gets out compared to the original comb! Tigger wasnt looking particularly scruffy but he hadn't had a comb for a couple of days. Just one brush down his back filled up the comb and after just a few minutes of working on his back, sides and a couple of brushes on his neck when he allowed(!) I had a huge amount of fur. He has very static fur for some reason but the fact that you can simply press the button to release the hair makes it far easier to dispose of the hair without it just falling all over the place. Squashed together into a ball I probably had about a crisp-packet sized clump of fur which for just a few minutes is brilliant I think because it was all loose hair, I didnt have to pull on the comb and trust me, Tigger would have soon let me know if I had done, by collecting up all this fur it prevented it going in his tummy or around the house.
After combing the pets with the furminator they look so much tidier, their fur looks smoother, it feels softer and its got a beautiful shine to it too.
The comb still looks and works as good as the day we got it, it always looks very clean but doesn't actually require cleaning because of the way it pushes out the fur leaving nothing behind.
Have I bought one for my kitten?
I had every intention of getting one of these for Duke but as we ended up getting him earlier than initially planned I did just order a much lower priced comb just as a stop gap until I could afford a furminator. However, this comb (that I paid less than £5 for on ebay - brand new) does a very good job in comparison for the price.
My comb doesnt work quite so well as the furminator - I notice that I dont remove quite as much hair with it but it still removes a lot more than a traditional comb would. It also doesnt have the release button to get the fur out so I have had to clean it a few times. However, it does a good job and leaves Dukes coat feeling super soft and shiny so we are happy with our bargain basement deshedder at the moment but when I have more disposable income its very likely he will have a furminator...because he's worth it!
I would definitely recommend the furminator range, especially if your pet has long hair or malts a lot. It is expensive for a comb but I think it would be likely to last a lifetime and the amount of fur it removes with minimum discomfort for your pet is brilliant. It leaves my pets looking tidy and well groomed, with their fur looking shiny and feeling super soft which is an essential for their social lives in the cul-de-sac.
A slightly shameful confession: I don't brush my dog anywhere near as much as I should. In my defence, he's a terrier cross and he's got quite a hardy, medium-length coat that doesn't require huge amounts of maintenance. Plus, he's one of life's wrigglers and really doesn't see the point of sitting still when there are toys he could be squeaking. Every so often, though, his continued naughtiness when he's out being walked by my neighbour (i.e. when he's basted himself liberally in fox poo) necessitates a bath. Before he braves the hose I like to give him a brush to get rid of any old undercoat and dead hair. Previously, we'd just used ordinary dog brushes that he didn't like and had a bit of a tendency to bite at. I happened to get a recommendation for these one day when I was browsing Amazon and, based on little more than a reduced price and the fact that they looked impressive, I stuck one in my basket.
~*~Now, don't take this the wrong way, but you are a furminator, right?~*~
The easiest way to describe this is that it looks like one of those nit combs from the eighties - the vicious, metal beasties that yanked out every hair on your head along with whatever might have been living there. The comb is affixed to an angled plastic handle with a grip, so it looks a bit like a really weeny rake.
~*~Ok, you're not here to kill me. I figured that part out for myself. So what's the deal?~*~
The idea behind this brush is that it is designed to strip out the dog's loose undercoat. Unlike most brushes, which only deal with the top part of the coat, this effectively removes all the loose, dead hair that a dog moults leaving the topcoat gleaming and shiny. It's particularly useful for dogs that tend to 'blow' their coats and for those who moult in the run up to summer and winter. Neelix doesn't shed in the extreme way that a Siberian Husky might, but he certainly loses enough hair for me to find furballs under every piece of furniture in the house.
~*~Now, you gotta promise me you're not gonna kill anyone, right?~*~
Neelix the dog tolerates this brush pretty well and doesn't bite at it the way he used to with ordinary brushes (although that might be because the thing is so hefty that I'm pretty sure his teeth would come off worse). Before I used it I was a wee bit concerned that stripping out the undercoat might be a bit uncomfortable - a bit like having your hair brushed by a really mean and strict mammy - but he's never raised any objections and really doesn't seem to mind it. If it's used on his lower legs or around his muzzle he looks a bit consternated, which I assume is because those areas are naturally less padded and the sensation of a solid metal comb on bone may not be entirely pleasant. As it's designed for the main body of the coat rather than the extremities this isn't too much of a big deal; I just use a softer brush for those areas.
~*~This is not the future my mother warned me about.~*~
Using this is very different to using a normal dog brush. You have to hold it in line with the dog's coat and drag it through with much more force than you would a normal brush, so it's just as well that the ridged handle is quite comfortable to hold. Because so much hair is removed you'll need to pause at the end of every stroke and remove the fluff from the tines of the comb, which you can either bin or knit into a nice jumper depending on how mental you are. The amount of dead hair and undercoat that comes out is incredible; the first few times I used it I was amazed that Neelix hadn't grown lighter by about 5 lb.
~*~So, this other guy? He's a furminator like you, right?~*~
The manufacturers also produce a smaller furminator which is suitable for use on cats or small dogs. The one I have wouldn't work on your feline friend, unless Tiddles has the approximate dimensions of a panther. Personally, I wouldn't use it on Salukis, Greyhounds, Whippets or similarly lean breeds as I think their relative lack of coat density might make it uncomfortable.
~*~I'll be back~*~
Using this means I only need to brush Neelix every month or so. If I did it any more frequently than that there'd be no dead hair to take out and I'd run the risk of thinning his coat too much. As it is, this leaves his coat looking shiny and clean and reduces the amount of furballs drifting around my house like giant tumbleweeds.
I have a cat who is a domestic long haired and as such it is fair to say that she has a lot of hair! She sheds quite frequently and in the past I have just groomed her every single day and been surprised by the constant amount of hair that she sheds. My friend suggested a furminator and as I have dog sat in the past for two dogs that have a furminator used on them I was surprised that I did not get one of these when I first got my cat. I seemed to buy her everything else nice that I could see but this was around £18.00 a few months back from Amazon and the model that I have is the 'deluxe cat' one and I believe this was the best one I could see for cats at the time.
The furminator basically looks like a glorified flea comb to me and the metal teeth make me think that this is probably very good for getting incredibly close to my cats skin and through each strand of hair. This deluxe model has a easy grip handle that is a strange shape but yet fits very comfortably in my hand when I am brushing my cat. The top is a blue colour on the one I have and there is a chunky black button that I can push in to help release the collected hair. This works very well and I love the colour of this as my favourite colour is blue.
So this is incredibly simple to use. It is basically used the same as any other cat brush but it works in a different way. The furminator removes the undercoat and any loose hair. It does not cut or clip the hair but just removes the hair that has already become loose. This meant that when I began to use this brush that my cat appeared to be losing an alarming amount of fur but really this was all of the undercoat.
My cat does not seem to be effected by the brushing or the amount of hair that is disappearing from her. She still looks as full of coat and shiny as ever, if not a little more, but when I first received this I was a little bit vigorous with the brushing which lead to her looking a little thin on her sides for a couple of weeks. After around four weeks of using this daily for about 10 minutes I did find that the amount of hair removed was decreased, my cat looked healthier and I have since found far less fur ending up on my furniture (no pun intended!) or in to my Dyson.
Overall I would say that this is a fantastic brush. It is very comfortable to use and my cat is just as content to be groomed using this as she is with any other brush that I use on her. I still use a flea comb on her pretty much every day for a few minutes just in the 'flea hotspots' to ensure that she is clean and free of fleas. I have found that this brush works wonderfully. Our home is less full of cat hair now and our cat looks healthier and happier because of this. She also does not suffer hairballs so that is always a good thing too and I am sure that this brush is contributing to helping with that.
I have two cats and two dogs, so as you can imagine they do shed hair quite a lot! But now I have this furminator, I have clearly noticed the difference in my house! Not only that, it also makes their coat look much cleaner, and more shiny! It doesn't hurt them but takes out a vast amount of fur, you won't believe it until you've tried it! A must have!!
I borrowed this from my boyfriend to try on my dogs as there was so much hair laying over the floor in my house.
I say borrowed, maybe stole would be a better explaination. He hasn't seen his Furminator since 'lending' it to me!
This is by far the best grooming item I have ever used.
It is designed to pull out all the dead under coat from the dog meaning the coat is left shiney and healthy and there is less hair dropping out all over the floor.
It is quite pricey, £15.99 I paid at my vets but I think they were on offer then so probably more expensive than that. However you will never need any other brush ever again!
The furminator does not hurt the dog in anyway and if anything they absolutely love the massaging action of the come as it pulls their fur.
The amount of hair which comes out is amaizing and the shiney coat which is eft is lovely.
I really would recommend this come to anyone as it is so good. The handel is a soft rubber handle and has grooves where your fingers fall to make holding it really comfortable.
If you hsve a spare £15 then definiately get this, you will be amaized at the results.
A few weeks ago I was having some major issues. I was sneezing constantly, my eyes were itchy and watery and I was blowing my nose...a lot. However, this was only occurring at home particularly in the mornings. By the time I got to work I'd feel much better. It may sound stupid but it took me awhile to realise that it was Merlin that was causing my problems as I begun to realise how much hair he was loosing from his coat on a daily basis. A major clean of the house confirmed my suspicions as some of his favourite hiding places (like under the bed) were covered in hair.
I brush Merlin on a regular basis. He can regularly fill a normal grooming brush up with all his hair in one go. It's great because it means getting rid of his excess hair and he loves it. However, this was obviously not doing a good enough job and I decided to invest in a Furminator as they claim to remove loose and dead undercoat without damaging the top coat therefore reducing shedding by up to 90%.
I purchased my Furminator from Amazon for around £10.00. However, when I first looked to buy one from the site it cost around £20.00 so it's a good idea to shop around or wait to see if it lowers in price.
You can buy different types of Furminators depending on if your buying for a large dog or cat etc. You can even purchase ones for horses! My particular Furminator is purple with a black handle; the comb itself is silver and comes with a plastic cover on it to protect yourself (as the bristles are quite sharp) and the comb.
If you have an agreeable pet who likes being groomed then using the Furminator is very easy. The Furminator is quite heavy compared to other combs/brushes. However, the handle is quite thick with a bumpy texture which makes gripping the handle easy. Long downward strokes are simple to do so all in all using it for me was great. Though what about Merlin?
The first time I used the Furminator Merlin was very cautious with it and he really didn't seem to know whether to trust it or not. However, after more use he really loves it. Though possibly not as much as his normal brush. The amount of hair that's removed doesn't seem to bother him at all even though when using it I find it tugs a little which worries me it might be hurtining him. However, if it was I'm sure I'd be the first to know about it!
I think the only problem with the Furminator is the fact that it's a comb and so doesn't collect the hair. This makes using the Furminator quite messy with fur quite literally flying everywhere and for me having a possible allergy it can make life a lot worse. However, if you make sure you use it just before hovering or on a surface which can easily be cleaned up then its fine.
I would definitely recommend the Furminator especially if you can find it cheaper than £20.00. The amount of fur it removes is amazing and it's really helped in my house to stop my sniffles and stop everything getting covered in cat hair! However, if you have a pet that hates being groomed the chances are that they will hate this even more.
I've always used a brush called a Slicker brush on my two which is very effective at removing loose hair but in the summer the members of a forum I belong to were all discussing a brush called the Furminator. Intrigued I looked it up online and decided we should have one. I bought mine from Amazon for £11 including postage and packing which I'm told is a very good price so do shop around for this brush if you intend to buy one.
The Furminator is a brush that has some very small metal teeth that are very close together and claims to remove much more loose fur than other brushes. In fact the card it comes attached to has a picture on it of a cat surrounded by enough fur to possibly make another cat out of and while that sounds unbelievable I actually saw some pictures from one member of the forum who had taken that amount off their cat so I knew it was actually true!
I of course bought the cat version as I have cats but there are ones for dogs too and a double edged one I've just seen online. The company claim your pet will have "90% less shedding in 1-2 treatments" and as it was summer when I bought this I thought it would be a fabulous way to rid my boys of their loose hair. I'm not actually bothered about hair on carpets, soft furnishings etc but I do understand the loose hair can be a bit uncomfortable for the animal and that's why I bought one.
The cat version has a solid plastic handle which is rounded with grips on it so the brush won't slip from your hands. Mine has a purple head that houses the metal teeth and the teeth section is about 2 inches wide so plenty wide enough for a cat. I'm sure you can wash the teeth should you need to in warm soapy water and then dry them off in between uses but we've not had to do this yet.
One thing I instantly noticed about the Furminator is how heavy it is, I'm used to the lightweight Slicker with its wooden handle so this was alot heavier and you need to be careful to support the weight in your hands rather than letting the cat feel it.
Before I purchased mine I read some reviews about it both here and on Amazon and the only negative one I saw was someone claiming in between the teeth the metal is sharp like a razor and cuts the fur. Upon examining my Furminator I couldn't see any sign of a cutting edge in between the teeth but just to be absolutely sure I tried it out on some of my hair! It doesn't cut the fur and it didn't cut my hair so anyone reading that review can now dismiss it as wrong.
So onto my boys. One of my boys has very fine, thick, dense fur and sheds huge amounts in the summer. My other boy has a much less dense coat and doesn't shed anywhere near the same amount. I started off on my lad with the less dense coat and merrily got to work brushing down his back which is an area senior cats frequently can't reach to wash. Unfortunately this lad hated the Furminator and tried to walk away whilst dipping his back towards the floor to get away from it! I tried a couple of other areas on him, his tail normally holds enough fur to make an extra tail cover should we need it so I tried using it there too but he just didn't like it. As I like them to enjoy their grooming sessions I stopped using it on this lad at that point and reverted back to the Slicker with him which he adores.
So onto my other lad with his super dense coat and shedding all over the place. This was a cmpletely different story and he loved the Furminator. He stood still and let me use it all over him and the amount of fur I took out was amazing, lots of his undercoat came out along with enough loose fur to make a couple of kittens out of! I kept using the Furminator on him for a few days and it did indeed reduce the amount of loose hair he shed dramatically as long as I kept up with the brushing sessions. So for him it was a hit.
Overall I think Furminators are very effective and do remove more hair than you could ever imagine but not all animals, cats in particular because they are very fussy about what touches them, will like it. I think my first boy found it a bit scratchy on his skin because his coat isn't very dense and the Slicker I own works brilliantly on him anyway. I'm sure my other lad liked it because of this scratching effect as most brushes don't get right through his fur so for him it was like having a good scratch. It does say they are for long or short coats but I'm not sure if it would be as effective on a long coat, I can't say for sure though as my two are short haired.
I'm glad I bought it though as it has really helped one of my lads to keep his loose hairs under control which of course leads to less furballs too. It's a shame my other boy didn't like it but not a problem as he does just fine with our Slicker. I'm going to give this 4 stars for effectiveness but the weight of the brush makes it a bit more difficult to use on cats as they don't respond well to pressure and it can get heavy during a grooming session. Do shop around though for a good price as it varies wildly, today I saw the cat version selling online for £19.99 plus p&p which is alot more than I paid for mine.
My little cat, Shadow, spends his mornings on the windowsill, this means that even though he is an indoor cat he experiences the temperature changes during the seasons and his hair grows thick and bushy in the winter and thins out in the warmer months. We have always groomed Shadow regularly but during the winter especially we would remove loads of fur but he would still be left with loose fur on his coat and of course this meant that he would shed hair around the house too. His favourite place to leave his black fur is on my lovely cream curtains but amazingly he has a lighter coloured undercoat which he saves for when we are wearing black clothes.
I had read several positive reviews about the furminator comb, it seemed like a wonder tool which removed the undercoat only so I decided to invest in one.
The furminator deshedding tool is available worldwide with a shedding edge between 1.75 inches for cats up to 5 inches for horses. It is guaranteed that it will remove more undercoat than any other brush or rake thus reducing shedding by 90%. The deshedding tool works by using a patented design of metal prongs which are designed to reach deep into the coat and grab loose fur from the undercoat.
I have the small cat tool, it is extremely solid in design. The black handle is made of a thick rubberised material, the handle alone wouldn't look out of price on sale in a shop selling adult toys! The handle is easy to grip and fairly comfortable to use. The metal prongs are made of a thick metal with tiny triangular spaces between each prong. The edge of the tool does look sharp and comes with a protective cover for the blade but even when I have dragged it over my skin fairly hard it will not cut through skin and is only mildly uncomfortable.
Where Can I Buy This Magic Brush?
The furminator is available directly from the manufactures website at www.furminator.com or from all major pet stores. Make sure that you shop around when buying your furminator as prices vary massively. A quick search on Google shopping for the furminator cat tool today brought up prices ranging from £8.88 to a whopping £28.47 and I have seen it in my local pet shop for close to £30. I bought my furminator from Amazon marketplace for less than £10 including delivery.
Using The Furminator
To use the furminator you stroke it over the cat's coat in short movements. I normally brush Shadow while he is sitting on my knee but due to the amount of fur that goes flying with this brush it is best to have the cat sat on the floor, preferably either on an uncarpeted floor or put some newspaper over the carpet as it is a nightmare to vacuum up all the hair.
A full furminating session on the cat takes around 10 to 15 minutes, a lot longer than it takes to normally brush him but you only need to use this brush once a week instead of once a day.
Shadow tolerates me using the furminator on him, he normally lies purring on my knee when I use his normal brush but this is obviously not as enjoyable for the animal. He doesn't like getting his belly brushed with any brush but using the furminator on his underside is a two person job with one to hold him upside down and the other to comb. The furminator glides really easily over most of the body but you do need to make sure that it doesn't catch on saggy bits like a fat kitty belly!
I also used the furminator on Ben, a border collie who we dogsit when his owner works away from home. Ben didn't mind having his back brushed but also didn't like having his chest done.
I do not normally suffer from allergies to cat hair but due to the sheer level of hair that was flying around the room when I used the furminator I noticed it was irritating both my skin and making my nose run so somebody with an allergy to animal hair should get someone else to use this brush.
I was truly amazed with the amount of loose hair that the furminator took from Shadow's coat, there was a huge pile by the time I had finished brushing him and my daughter actually commented that we could knit a second cat with his hair. The furmninator left him feeling soft and looking nice and shiny and well groomed and amazingly even though the pile of fur we had removed was huge he didn't look half bald but there was no more loose hairs on the surface of his coat. I could tell that the hair removed was from his undercoat as he is a black cat but the fur that we brushed out of his coat was a light grey.
Brushing a cat regularly is good for many reasons, as well as keeping their coat well conditioned and spreading oils over the skin to keep it healthy it reduces the amount of fur they ingest and thus the amount of furballs they produce. Furballs are horrible, the fur they swallow is brought up in a lovely green goo of stomach juices and as well as being nasty to clean up can lead to complications for the cat. Shadow has not had one single furball since we started to furminate him regularly a few months ago but before he had them fairly frequently.
When I look after Ben he normally leaves hair all over my carpet but the last time I looked after him I noticed a huge difference in the amount of his hair I had to clear up which was a welcome change.
Although Shadow doesn't find a session with the furminator to be nearly as relaxing as a normal brushing session I still use the brush on a weekly basis to keep his coat in tip top condition and to decrease the hair balls he suffers and the hair I need to clean up after it is dropped over my house. I am really impressed with the performance of the furminator and although it is the most expensive cat grooming tool I have seen on the market it is a good investment as it is so sturdily made that it will last a very long time indeed.
I am constantly on the look out for products to help with the dog hair that my jack russel/collie cross sheds. My mum who has a labrador was advised to try out the furminator by our local vet so i thought i'd give it a go. My dog's hair is very course so sheds in clumps as opposed to the labrador who's hair seems to be like dust! Although it looks like a painful tool both dogs love getting brushed using the furminator. Not only does it take off any loose hair but also all of the hair that gathers under the coat and gathers in certain places before shedding when she scratches or shakes. I can easily fill a carrier bag full of hair at least once a week and what a difference it makes, not only with the amount of hoovering that i do a day (yes slight OCD on my part) but also with giving my dog a beautiful coat that looks much healthier and lighter. The furminator is also much easier cleaned than any other dog grooming tool i have encountered.
I have a 3 year old Golden Retriever plus 3 cats. My husband is allergic to animal hair (smart, I know) and we also have wooden floors. I must sweep up 4 or 5 times a day when I'm at home and even then it needs a good hoover once or twice a week to get all the hair that floats behind the sofa etc! It was driving me mad quite honestly, especially in summer when my dog loses her winter coat and you could literally knit a new dog from the amount of hair I sweep!
I read about the FurMinator on pet website and initially the price put me off. These things were £30+ and I just couldn't justify spending that on a brush. However I managed to get a cheap one on Ebay (the yellow medium sized one) and I hoped that it would work.
I was surprised at the design of it, it looked like any other comb although it had a solid handle and a protective sheath over the teeth (which you must protect, according to the makers). It was quite weighty and came with instructions on how to use it most effectively.
I must say - WOW - I was amazed at how much hair came off my mutt! I mean a serious amount, usually I brush her and get maybe 2 combfuls of hair off but this thing was almost like shaving her, at one stage I did actually wonder if it was just a razor as the hair just kept coming off! 30 mins later and I had to stop as I was tired but I ended up with a carrier bag full of hair and it was the real under-brush too, not just the superficial top coat. My dog is now looking a lot thinner and her coat a lot shinier.
This brush claims to reduce shedding by up to 90% and I believe them, although I do wonder how long you can brush them for before you either give up or get all the loose hair as I was going for 30 mins and it showed no signs of abating.
All in all I am very very pleased with my Furminator and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to you.
I have just recently discovered the Furminator - so have my two 'pooches,
one of which has a self-cleaning coat - A bit like sharks teeth, shed on a daily basis.
I thought it was just one of those things I had to adapt my routine around. At least he didn't need bathing, unless he rolled in something smelly and so far that has only happened once.
I first heard of it here on dooyoo, then saw, first hand, this grooming tool called a FURMINATOR - a clever play on the words Fur eliminator. - in my local pet shop. It appeard to be a strong sturdy implement, so even though I had heard a little about already, I asked how it could possibly be better than a comb or any of the usual dog grooming tools on the market. None of which I might add, my Collie, Moses, was keen to have used on his coat. I have acculmulated, over the passage of time, a variety of brushes, grooming mitts, combs etc. in an effort to find something Moses would allow me to groom him with, without him wriggling around.
In the early days I had the vet check him over, incase his skin was too sensitive for metal tools. No - he was normal, yet wouldn't let the vet groom him either. He thought it a great game.
Any one seeing the Furminator for the first time, and not knowing its purpose, might think it a small gardening tool - a fine rake, perhaps, for garden planters - silly idea.
The business end is a sturdy stainless steel comb, held at a slight angle, by a yellow plastic holder, which is fixed to a 4 to 5 inch black, rubbery handle, with raised grips. It sits very comfortably in the hand; obviously a great deal of thought has gone into the design. The comb consists of very short, closely packed teeth, looking rather like a blade from an electric hair clipper.
I was immediately impressed by the whole structure. The teeth were strong, but surprisingly gentle when drawn across the skin, they were neither sharp or brittle, and the hand grip felt perfect, there was nothing flimsey at all in its make up.
WHAT DOES IT (supposedly) DO BETTER THAN OTHER GROOMING TOOLS?
At the pet shop a video was running to demonstrate the Furminator. It looked pretty impressive.
With each stroke down the dogs coat, came great wads of undercoat - that fluffy down-like fur.
The animal seemed perfectly relaxed and comfortable, but I had serious doubts that Moses would be so cooperative.
Claims that the Furminator 'Quickly and easily removes undercoat and loose hair,' was no exaggeration, if the video was anything to go by.
It was also claimed, that by regular use, it would reduce shedding up to 90%
Now that certainly appealed to me, and would also promote healthy skin and a glossy topcoat.
I was beginning to warm to the idea of purchasing one, until, that is, I heard the price - £34 for the medium size , £24 for the small size.....Eeeeek, a lot to pay out on something Moses may not allow me to use on him.
I went home a tad disappointed and looked on T'internet for I had heard I might get a cheaper one there, and was surprised to find the self same Furminator for £14.99 (post free) - Yes I bought one.
Moses seemed to realise that the Furminator was NOT a toy and sat amazingly still while I VERY GENTLY and tentatively 'raked' his coat from neck to tail. The amount of undercoat that came away in one stroke had to be seen to be believed. He stayed still for the duration of the grooming session and was suitably rewarded with praise and tit-bit.
It is still early days yet, but I am confident that I will soon not have to vacuum so many of his hairs from my carpet.
I also tried it on Mollie (my yorkie) she loves being groomed. I had already brushed and combed her coat previously, but when I stroked her with the Furminator, out came more undercoat. I might buy a small one for her, for the medium size one is not meant for titchy dogs, although it worked well.
WHAT ANIMALS CAN BE GROOMED WITH A FURMINATOR?
The Furminator comes in 5 sizes. The smallest is for cats, then comes small, medium and large sizes for dogs, then there is one larger one designed for horses.
I was told at the pet shop that when first using the Furminator on your pet. The animal must be groomed (with it) for 25 minutes each day for one month, to get rid of all of the loose undercoat, afterwhich grooming sessions can be much reduced and at which point shedding will be reduced by 90%.
~~I can't wait!!~~
I have since been advised by one of our trusty dooyooers (see comments) that the pet shop advice with regards to the grooming schedule for the first month, (ie 25mins per day for a month) to be a bit excessive and may damage the dog's skin.
The Furminator leaflet made no mention of grooming times either.
I have used this regularly on Moses and it certainly keeps him well groomed, I only groom him for about 5 minutes every other day. Not so sure the shedding has been reduced that much though.
Quickly and easily removes the undercoat and loose hair without damaging the topcoat