ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Product Review of the FURminator

Updated on January 10, 2014
About to be FURminated
About to be FURminated

FURminator Medium Professional DeShedding Tool

The deShedding™ tool made by FURminator Inc is guaranteed to reduce shedding better than any brush, comb or rake on the pet market today. It's a pricey item at $49.99 retail (you can find many places that discount it) for the medium tool, but I decided to try the deShedding™ tool and see for myself if it is worth the investment.

I purchased my medium sized deShedding™ tool, on impulse, at PetSmart for $49.95. That's right, no discount. I have a pet rabbit going through a terrible molt, and I was desperate. I've previously used a comb, but the rabbit kicks when I use it. The comb is my "gold standard" for loose fur removal on rabbits, but I've been trying to find a less traumatic tool, one that is successful at removing loose fur without causing the rabbit great distress.

The FURminator is a hefty product. It feels good in the hand, like a quality instrument. The medium-sized deShedding edge is 2.65 inches across, just right for a large cat or mid-sized, six pound rabbit with medium length fur. The FURminator also makes a small and a large sized deShedding tool. The small tool costs $34.95 with a 1.7 inch blade, and the large costs $59.95 with a 4 inch blade. All FURminator sizes are available discounted online and in discount pet stores.

The FURminator and a Bunny

Using the FURminator

The deShedding tool is designed to be used directionally - you comb the pet from head to tail. According to the directions, you use the tool on a completely dry coat. The manufacturer recommends that you use the tool immediately after washing and completely drying the pet. Since rabbits can't be washed, I went with the assumption that my rabbit was already clean and completely dry.

The instructions also recommend combing the pet in an area that can be easily vacuumed (or swept,) due to the "abundance of hair" that the tool will extract. I combed the rabbit in the kitchen, which has laminate flooring.

The FURminator has stainless steel teeth that are angled, so to use it properly, the instructions say to comb gently in the direction of the hair growth, stroking "across, up and away from your pet's skin." It is very important to not apply too much pressure, which the directions say can cause irritation to the pet's skin.

Since rabbits have very sensitive skin, I approached combing with the FURminator with great caution. I also only combed the top of his body, not the underside, head or legs.

When a rabbit molts, you can usually see the molt-line. Great tufts of loose fur stick out at odd angles. The rabbit's bottom is usually the worst looking, but rabbits are fussy about getting their backsides combed or brushed.

To my surprise, my rabbit tolerated the FURminator much better than any comb or brush I've ever used. Because I could take longer strokes with the FURminator, I spent less time combing. The FURminator did not seem to pull on the rabbit's skin as much as his comb usually does.

The first time I used the FURminator, I only managed to extract a small amount of loose fur, probably because I was extra gentle and cautious, and did not go over any one spot multiple times.

The next day, I tried combing the rabbit a little bit longer, going over his hindquarters a little more thoroughly. The FURminator extracted the visible tufts of fur that were sticking out. The rabbit didn't even acknowledge it, as if he couldn't tell that I was combing.

A few days later, I combed the rabbit longer, and a little bit more deeply, still taking care not to apply too much weight on the tool. More loose fur came out, and the rabbit seemed more annoyed with the combing process, but he didn't kick or run away.

As an experiment, I used the rabbit's old comb, to see if any loose hair came out after combing with the FURminator. The old comb pulled out a rather huge hunk of loose fur. The rabbit immediately leaped up and ran, flicking his heels at me.

See the FURminator In Action

The Dog Test

While I purchased the FURminator specifically for my rabbit, I thought it only fair to see if the claims made by the manufacturer held up when used on the animals it was likely intended for. I don't have access to a cat, but I tried it on my friend's dog.

The dog sat patiently while I combed him.  He actually seemed to enjoy the attention.  Although the dog is fairly short-haired, he sheds about as much as any other dog. The FURminator removed large swaths of loose fur from his coat. It was almost shocking to see the hair fall onto the floor. I did not see this kind of result on my rabbit, but I could immediately see why dog owners might love the FURminator.

 

Conclusions

The FURminator deShedding tool is a reasonable option for rabbit owners seeking a less traumatic combing solution. In my experience, it did not seem to remove as much loose fur as a comb does on a single pass-through. For me, this isn't such a bad thing, because I'd rather comb more frequently with less trauma to my pet than to comb less often. I do still have to run a regular pet comb through the rabbit's fur every now and then to get the big clumps. He doesn't much like it.

If I had a dog, I would definitely add a FURminator to my de-shedding arsonal. It works as advertised on dogs and my test dog seemed to like it quite a bit. While there are similar products on the market to the FURminator, the larger size of the FURminator makes it a better option, both for the pet and the operator.

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com 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: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
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 googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
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)
Marketing
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.
Statistics
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)