ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Groom Your Cat and Remove Excess Cat Hair and Fur With a Slicker Brush and the Furminator

Updated on May 21, 2012

So You Want to Groom Me?

How to Groom Your Cat and Remove Cat Hair and Fur With the Furminator

We love our cats but there is one thing all cat lovers need to know and that is how to groom our cat and remove cat hair balls and fur balls with a slicker brush and the Furminator. Our cats are furry little beasts and through no fault of their own, their fur tends to fly everywhere. Thank goodness we are clean freaks to some extent, it has made us look for the best possible way to keep the cat fur at bay.

Besides keeping the flying fur to a minimum, grooming your cat will reduce the amount of hair balls and fur balls your cats cough up. I know cleaning cat barf is not my favorite thing to do and probably not yours either. Regular cat grooming will not only reduce those disturbing moments but will keep the fur from flying all over your home and also make your cat feel much better. Your cats will thank you in the way only cats can.

So lets get started then, the steps to groom your cat and remove cat hair balls and fur balls before they can start are just what your cat needs.

By the way, your cat may not approve of your decision to groom them initially. That's why it's important to have those special treats ready, you know, whatever their favorite snack is. Believe it or not you can out smart your cat, just don't let them know you're on to them.

How to Comb Your Cat

The Tools For Cat Grooming - Claw Trimmer, Comb, Slicker Brush, Furminator and a Dirty Shirt

Click thumbnail to view full-size

How to Slicker Brush Your Cat

What Tools Do I need to Groom My Cat

The right tools can always make the job easier, doen't matter what job you're doing. In this case we will be grooming our cat, but not the way the cats groom themselves. That would leave a bad taste in my mouth and I'm sure your's as well.

Believe it or not the first tools you will need are a couple of old towels and a garbage can or bag. You will not believe just how much fur comes out of those little critters when they are groomed properly. Then next thing you will need are some old clothes to wear. If done right, you should be covered in cat fur by the time you complete the Furmination.

The other tools you will need are a good grooming comb for cats, a slicker brush, and of course the Furminator. Oh and one other thing, you will also need a good set of claw trimmers. I would highly recommend using the claw trimmers first, just in case.

Time to Remove Those Cat Hair Balls and Fur Balls

Once you have trimmed your kitty's claws, you are now ready to start grooming your cat. You may want to groom your cat at least an hour after the claw trimming. This will give your cat time to forgive you... With your grubby clothes on and a couple of old towels spread out over the floor, gently hold your cat in a standing or sitting position while you run a steel comb through its fur. You won't have much control over whether your cat sits or stands, so don't worry too much if they don't listen to your attempts of gentle persuasion.

The combing will server to remove any knots, hair balls and fur balls on the outside, before they happen on the inside. Gently pull the comb through the cats fur a little at a time to avoid any pulling. I find it works best if when I angle the comb and pull against the natural path of the fur growth.

Now the fun begins. The cats generally really enjoy being groomed and will come back for more as long as your gentle with them. The Furminator is great at removing all the fine loose cat hair from underneath. Essentially the Furminator thins the cats fur in dramatic fashion. Simple pull the Furminator through your cats fur in little jagged motions. You will want to go over some areas a few times, especially where your cats fur is the thickest. Some cats have extremely thick and long fur compared to others but don't be fooled. We have a shorter haired cat and two cats with thicker and longer fur. After the Furmination is complete, its like I've got three more cats in the room. Even the shorter haired cat cast her shadow in a giant mound of fur.

This is why you should groom your cats on the floor. When your done, there is fur everywhere. The towels help keep the loose fur localized. The trick is to gather the loose fur during regular intervals and immediately place it in a garbage bag or can beside you, otherwise a gentle breeze might make you sneeze.

For the last step you will use the slicker brush to pull out any remaining loose fur left behind by the Furminator. Our cats love the feel of the slicker brush. If your cat was annoyed with the process of furmination, the slicker brush will restore their trust in you once more. Simply pull the slicker brush over top of your felines fur until the fur flies no more. this last step should only take a few minutes at most. Your cat is now ready for show, and now its time for a treat. No, not for you, for your cat silly. If you treat your kitty after each grooming, they will come running the next time you mention Furmintator!


Submit a Comment
  • moonlake profile image


    6 years ago from America

    We have one big white cat that whines. When he whines we comb him to calm him. I like the Furminato I have to check that out. I'm heading to Drs. Foster Smith Pet Supply today so I will look to see if they have it. Voted up.

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    Wow, I can't imagine having 17 cats. But I can certainly imagine how empty our home would be without the 3 we have. Our oldest cat is just like the pride mother you mentioned. She controls the roost, haha but we wouldn't have it any other way... Thanks for commenting Bob.

  • diogenes profile image


    7 years ago from UK and Mexico

    Practical and well written guide on how to bleed oneself. once considered good for the health.

    Only kidding. I once had 17 cats and not one (well, one) ever clawed me, they didn't dare claw alfa cat!

    Which one? The pride mother who thought of herself as my equal and attacked me once when I brought home a puppy!

    The puppy went.

    I don't have any cats now and how I miss those days.



This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)