The FURminator gently removes loose undercoat hair from dogs and cats before it turns into billowing tumbleweeds and drifts of fur that settle in corners. It doesn’t damage the top coat and reduces shedding from 60% to 90% for over a month.
Cleo, our shepherd/husky (?) mix, has short hair, plus a soft undercoat that molts when the seasons change. The fur sticks out in tufts that fall off everywhere, and she looks like an old buffalo for several weeks. Cleo does not like to be brushed, and will run off at the first opportunity. I put off getting a FURminator because they’re a bit of an investment, and I didn’t want it to end up in the drawer with other brushes. However, after making the plunge and introducing her to it gradually, with treats for rewards, she doesn’t head the other way, and even seems to like being “petted” with the FURminator. Our other dogs like being brushed and are totally blasé about being FURminated.
This handy tool, with a 1 2/3-inch stainless steel “toothed” edge, is very sturdy and comes with a rigid plastic cover for the metal teeth. The whole thing is very solid and well-balanced for easy use. The handle is shaped for a comfortable, non-slip grip with indentations that keep fingers in place. It’s not something you’ll need to replace anytime soon, or maybe ever. I think the FURminator is on the edge of too pricey, but it should last a long, long time. Now that we have one, I don’t know how we ever did without it.
The FURminator is available from many big pet stores, discount stores with pet departments, and online. Amazon offers the FURminator from several suppliers, with discounts available.