The Best Grooming Tool For Cats - The Furminator

Dixie LOVES to be groomed with the Furminator! She lays right down and lets me comb her hair.
Dixie LOVES to be groomed with the Furminator! She lays right down and lets me comb her hair.
When going around their face, be VERY careful not to "catch" their whiskers!
When going around their face, be VERY careful not to "catch" their whiskers!
side view
side view
front view showing the combing tines
front view showing the combing tines
All this from using the furminator for about 30 seconds! I get a lot more than this when we completely groom all of her hair!
All this from using the furminator for about 30 seconds! I get a lot more than this when we completely groom all of her hair!

Dixie loves it, Misty not so much!

When you own a cat (or two!) shedding is a fact of life. I didn't notice the shedding so much when we lived in the Midwest, perhaps because of the carpeting throughout our home. When you move to a home with dark wood floors, or if you replace your carpet with wood flooring, believe me, you notice!

This, combined with the fact that we moved from a mostly cold climate to a very hot one, caused some major shedding issues. It's totally natural, it is your cats way of getting rid of the unnecessary "undercoat" that helps to keep them warm throughout the winter months. Once the temperature is warm again, they will shed.

Shedding is a sign of a healthy cat, because sick cats will not shed. Their exposure to sunlight triggers the process, called "photoperiod." Now indoor cats will shed throughout the year because of living in a climate controlled environment.

If you have allergies, two breeds that shed minimally are the Cornish Rex, and the Devon Rex. Both of these are curly haired breeds, and their shedding tends to be minimal and hardly noticeable. There is one hairless cat, a purebred cat called a "Sphynx." When we lived in Wisconsin, the veterinarian we took our cats to specialized in "cats only" and they had cats that actually lived at the clinic. One of the newest additions right before we moved out to Las Vegas was a Sphynx... they are very different looking, and this one had a very sweet personality. That was my first experience being around a "Sphynx" cat in person, before that, I had only seen pictures of them, or movies (remember "Austin Powers?")

The best solution to a cats shedding is to groom them regularly, especially if they are medium hair (like our cat Dixie is) or have long hair (over 2 inches is considered to be long hair). Cats do spend 30% of their lives grooming, but it is nearly impossible for them to remove all of this hair by themselves, and you wouldn't want them to do that anyway because of the hairballs they would develop which can make cats sick.

When you first get a kitten you may think, this is GREAT, she (or he) is not even shedding! Just wait, kittens and puppies do not shed, it is when they are older that it occurs. If you feed them good quality cat food, a diet rich in fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6, this will help your cat to shed less overall and promote a healthy, shiny coat.

The very BEST grooming tool I have ever used is called "The Furminator"... this will remove 90% of the hair that would come off anyway, that "undercoat" that they no longer need. It'll help to keep your home cleaner, and your cat healthier. The Furminator was designed by a groomer, and is the only tool I've found that is really totally effective at eliminating loose hair.

You want to comb in the direction of the cats hair, and combine longer strokes with shorter strokes. Remove the hair from the tool from time to time (I usually use a small plastic garbage bag to put it in), and if your cat is anything like Dixie, they will love it! They love the attention they are getting while you are grooming them, and it is a great bonding experience! While you are grooming your cat, be watchful for any changes in their skin or coat, and be sure to talk to your vet if you see anything that concerns you.

Misty on the other hand, doesn't particularly care for being groomed, but that may be because she has much shorter hair than Dixie does, and she is part Tabby (Ok, so I blame the "tabby" thing for a lot of her quirks, like being VERY, VERY "talkative.") But I do believe that she knows that she does not need as much grooming because of her shorter hair. I can groom her occasionally, but those times are fewer than they are for Dixie.

Take good care of your cat, and they will be a wonderful addition to your home and provide many hours of entertainment and much love. It's nice to walk in the door and have a cat RUN to you just because they hear the sound of your voice. Unconditional love, the very BEST part of being a pet owner!

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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi there, Kathy H. What great information about the "furminator!" i've wondered about these but never purchased one. You are so right when you say moving from a cooler climate to a hot one causes extreme shedding. We moved from the Ca. coastal areas (highs in 80's...) to SE Kansas (highs in 110's + ) Our Ca. kitties practically went bald....so unused to such high temps. Even rescue cats who had not been combed lost 70% (I am not exaggerating) of their fur when I brushed. Welcome to HP's and you'll find lots of nice people here who support you and encourage you. I, being a cat person, automatically gravitated to this great article. UP Useful Awesome Interesting and funny, too.


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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thank you so much Lucky Cats! I've been reading some of your hubs as well, really fascinating! :) You've done some major moving around, too. Thank you for the encouragement!


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xXSweetiXx 5 years ago from The Pacific Northwest

We used to carry the Furminator at the clinic, and got mixed results. For dogs it worked well. Most owners said that a simple flea comb, worked better for grooming out matts and the undercoat of cats.


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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

I sure could see that, especially with long hair cats. It works well for our cats, but might hurt a cat with matts in their fur! Thanks for your thoughtful comment!


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Joe Macho 5 years ago from Colorado

Great information on a solid product. Having a long hair cat, I couldn't imagine what I'd do without the Ferminator.


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Daniel Guggenheim 4 years ago from Belfast, United Kingdom

While i agree that this is a great tool for some cat breeds. I would like to warn cat owners who show to stay well away. I used the cat version on one of my Ragdolls the day before a show and his ruff and knickerbockers disappeared. I prefer to use Les Pooches Gold. It is much kinder to a cats sensitive coat and will only remove loose hair. The FURminator removes anything in it's path and needs to be used with care. P.S. Beautiful cat.


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KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks Daniel! That is really interesting, I didn't know that could happen! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, and I'll tell Dixie, but I think she already knows she's pretty! Thanks so much!


Bethany M. 4 years ago

I know this is an older post, but I am trying to figure out which size of the furminator to get...My cat is a medium haired cat, and some of his fur is RIGHT AT 2 inches but elsewhere it is shorter than that....so I just don't know if I should buy the long haired comb, or the short hair. Which do you have that you use on your medium haired cat?


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KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Hi Bethany! We are using a long hair one, just because when I looked at Dixie's hair I had trouble deciding if she was medium or long hair, I think she is medium-hair. The long hair Furminator works well for her though. Hope this helps, thank you for visiting! :)


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harmony155 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I just bought this product... it really does work!! I am in amazement with how much hair it removes in one stroke. I really should have bought the larger size for my medium sized cat but still very pleased :)


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harmony155 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

fyi: your amazon link is no longer available


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KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks, harmony and thank you for letting me know about the link! :) I appreciate that! :)

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