FURminator For Cats Review
As any cat owner will know keeping control of your cat's loose hair can be a real challenge especially if you have a long-haired breed such as a Persian cat.
As an owner of a Persian cat and a British Shorthair, I've often wondered if there was a way to reduce shedding and cat hair in general.
Well, just as it happens there is a way with a FURminator deShedding Tool. If you've been looking online for a brush for cats then there's a good chance you've heard of the FURminator.
I recently reviewed the best brush for long-haired cats and the FURminator for cats was one of the brushes that I recommended.
What is a FURminator deShedding Tool?
The FURminator deShedding tool is a specialist tool that reduces shedding up to 90%.
It's designed to remove loose hairs on your cat's undercoat and it does this in a safe way without damaging your cat's coat or their skin.
Generally, the FURminator will remove a high volume of loose hair.
The FURminator also has a FURejector button which easily releases the loose hair that it's removed.
It also has an ergonomic handle for ease of use and comfort.
The way the FURminator works is unique to this product and as a result, it's a market leader, and for good reason too.
Furminator deShedding Tool Features
Product- 1.8 x 3 x 6 inches
Stainless steel deShedding edge 2.65"
Weight- 6.4 ounces/181g
What's the FURminator like and does it work?
The FURminator, in my opinion, is a must-have tool for any cat owner. It doesn't matter if you have a long-haired cat or short-haired cat this will drastically reduce the loose hair that comes from your cat.
At first, I was sceptical and wondered if this product was just hyped up as you often see online but this wasn't the case and I could tell a difference after the first week of use.
Persian cats are well-known for their long luscious fur and keeping this fur in good condition can be a real challenge. The FURminator deShedding tool will help control the loose hair in your house. As a result, you won't need to buy as many lint rollers for your clothes! Bonus right?
All products have some downsides, of course, and the FURminator does have a few that I can see.
The main disadvantage is the fact that you should only use the deShedding tool 1-2 times per week because the tool does trim the undercoat slightly and using it more often than this will result in the coat becoming quite thin in places.
The FURminator for large cats isn't a one-solution tool, as I mentioned in the review of the best cat brushes for long-haired cats you will need other grooming tools alongside the FURminator.
I personally use a slicker and a fine comb for finishing off, so Ideally you will at least need a slicker in addition to the FURminator. I wouldn't say this is a genuine disadvantage as the FURminator isn't marketed as a one brush solution, however, I've seen people assume that it is.
Directions for Use
There is a certain way to use the FURminator to get the best results. Ideally, if possible, use the device once you have bathed your cat and their fur is dry.
Brush in the direction of the fur and DON'T press too hard as this will make the process uncomfortable for your cat. You will then invariably find it's a huge challenge to groom them with the product as they will associate it with a bad experience.
Start off slowly- even if you just use it on a small part of your cat one day and then do another part the next day. This will put your cat at ease.
If you try to force them to be groomed and do the full cat in one go it may be too much for them and will put them of the FURminator. Again, you're the best judge of your cat, some cats love to be groomed and other hate the process.
Important- Only use the FURminator 1-2 times per week maximum otherwise their fur may become very thin.
FURminator Video Review
Overall the FURminator is a good tool that can certainly assist with reducing cat hair. It's a product that I'm glad to have as part of my grooming kit and something that I wouldn't be without now.
Even on my British Shorthair it still removes a considerable amount of loose hair. When I bought the product I was primarily going to use it for Milo (my Persian cat) as I didn't really have much reason to use it on Teddy my British Shorthair as they're generally quite simple to groom. I find that I use it 1-2 times per week on both cats and have noticed less hair in the house as a result.
If I only had a short-haired cat then I think I would still buy this product because it's reasonably priced and if you think in the long-run you may use fewer lint rollers or vacuum less. It just makes sense as part of a wider grooming tool kit.