Product Type: Company of Animals dog accessories
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Ex Furminate Ex Furminate
The Company of Animals Furminator
Member Name: lyndsey1989
The Company of Animals Furminator
Advantages: Removes lots of hair, gentle for the pets, release button
Disadvantages: It is expensive
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.
Summary: One of the best brands of pet care on the market
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