Product Type: Company of Animals dog accessories
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The Company of Animals Furminator
Member Name: jipp05
The Company of Animals Furminator
Advantages: Almost impossible to imagine that my cat even had so much hair to begin with
Disadvantages: None whatsoever
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.
Summary: An amazing cat brush
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