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loving the furminator

reached a shedding breakdown (cat hair everywhere, and my vacuum broke!) yesterday, so i finally went to petco and bought a furminator, based on the recommendations of pretty much everyone here. (i also bought a new vacuum, but i'm hoping not to have to use it nearly as much, since that's what -- aside from being cheap -- broke the old one) and everyone was right, this thing is the best. hobbes likes to roll around on the ground and have his belly scritched, and every single time i come away with handfuls of hair. but he did this after i spent just a couple of minutes on him with the furminator, and hardly a hair came out. hallelujah!

so now i'm wondering, how often should i furminate? is it safe to do daily (or as often as the cats will allow), or should it only be done every now and then? anyone have any thoughts?

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JeanninePC99 JeanninePC99 6 years 24 weeks
I alternate between the Furminator and the Kong Zoom Groom. My pup LOVES the Zoom Groom, but I know that he doesn't enjoy the Furminator. So, I'll do a few minutes of Zoom Groom, a few minutes of Furminator, and so on. I try to do it once a week. We'll sit down in front of the TV and have a little session. He gets lots of treats, too. :)
Smacks83 Smacks83 6 years 24 weeks
Best brush EVER!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years 24 weeks
I love that it is now a verb - to "furminate". Is that in the oxford dictionary, haha!
buzzlightgirl buzzlightgirl 6 years 24 weeks
I need this!!!
Ellenora Ellenora 6 years 24 weeks
Don't Furminate more than once a week. Doing it more will irritate your pet's skin.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years 24 weeks
Love the furminator! As a Persian owner, I find the thing to be a miracle! I have found it ideal to use it only once every two weeks or so, coupled with once daily combings.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years 24 weeks
I have not tried the furminator but I just may need to invest in it. My double coated collie/ACD crosses blow their coats twice a year and seem to shed continuously year round. I got the Dyson Animal and I have to say - I'm in love with it. The previous residents of where I live now had 3 large dogs (pitt bull, rotty, and mastiff). When I got the Dyson, it was pulling up fur that was embedded into the carpets from their dogs and I vacuumed almost daily with the old vacuum. It's wonderful - people who know my dogs always ask me how my carpets and furniture are hair-free and I tell them about the Dyson. Justanerd - the Hoover Steam Vac and Oxiclean pets is amazing! Perfect for cleaning up dog messes. It really keeps dog odor out of the carpet.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years 24 weeks
I bought the Furminator on eBay for $14, free shipping. I love it, but don't brush my dog that often with it because I'm afraid it irritates her skin. She enjoys it for about 2 minutes, then gets up and walks away. I vacuum daily and pick up enough dog hair in a week to make another Staffordshire :p No joke, I pick up a ball the size of a tennis ball DAILY in my small apartment carpet. The vacuum was about $80 at Target, it's a Bissel. Don't have to buy bags for it, easy to use. I have chinchillas and a rabbit who sheds bad, it's important to have one that can handle pet hair and chinchilla dust.
ladyr ladyr 6 years 24 weeks
I try and use it once a week or so. It works great!
psterling psterling 6 years 24 weeks
I have a furminator for my cats and dog and I love it! I use it on them about once a week and it cuts the pet fur down to a minimum. Plus, everyone is always commenting on how shiny and soft their coats are.
kittyprincess kittyprincess 7 years 25 weeks
I bought a furminator! It works great! I read that you're not supposed to use it daily because it can irritate their skin (afterall, the furminator is very sharp, as I found it cut off one my kitty's whiskers!). I just do it twice a week...she still sheds a lot, but no where near with out it!!
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years 33 weeks
what in the world is a furminator?? have never heard of this.... we had the same problem as you have however, our vac finally died under the preassure too and hubs brought home the Bissel Lift-Off Revolution Pet vac, OMG it s the BEST. It picked up fur that I swear has been laying dormant in the deepest recesses of our carpeting for two years. It was nearly decomposed fur. It was so disgusting, I swear I almost barfed...barfed for joy! ROTFLMAO I was so happy to have my carpets getting actualy cleaned again! I have the nicest, cleanest, lovliest carpets now, after a nice serious vac session and a nice deep-cleaning with the Hoover Steam Vac & some Oxiclean Pets for carpets :)