by Le CatShop
Posted on February 11, 2020
Many of you have probably heard of the FURminator cat brush. The reviews are raving that this brush is the best brush for cats. I always get the question, “What does the FURminator do that other brushes do not?”
In order to answer this question, we need to understand cat hair and its function. Because cats do not wear jackets or sweaters, they need a barrier to protect themselves against the cold, heat and the damaging sunlight. Also, they need something to protect them against physical and chemical trauma to the skin. These demands change all the time and, as humans, we change our clothes according to the weather. Cats, however, do not. There are many factors that can influence a cat’s coat and they include: temperature, nutrition, hormones, other body chemicals, health of the cat and genetics. Also, it has been observed that the amount of daily sunlight to which a cat is exposed plays a huge role in how much a cat sheds.
Outdoor cats do shed more (as compared to their indoor feline furry friends) just before a season change like spring and fall. The hair adjusts to the climate. Cats will grow more short and fluffy hair in the fall to add more warmth to their coat. This is what is known as “undercoat”. When spring comes, there is a chemical change in the cat’s body signaling it to shed this “undercoat” and replace it with longer, more coarse primary hair to help the cat stay cool in the warm summer months. This signaling system acts differently in a strictly indoor cat. They do not get as much natural light as their outdoor furry friends and are exposed to more artificial light. As a result, their bodies lose their natural ability to detect a season change and they shed all the time and do not follow the same shedding cycles as outdoor cats.
Regardless of whether or not your cat is an outdoor cat, an indoor cat or a combination of the two, it is important to realize that shedding is a normal cycle for cats. It is essential that cat owners manage their cat’s grooming to help prevent hairballs. In extreme cases, hairballs can cause obstructions of the throat and/or the intestines (speak with your veterinarian about the dangers of hairballs to your cat). By providing your cat with frequent grooming, proper nutrition, plenty of exercise and annual vet visits, you can manage their shedding and prevent potentially harmful hairballs.
So, now that we know the basics of shedding, what are the advantages and disadvantages of the FURminator brush?
It is an investment. FURminators range in price from $30 - $100 depending on the type.
Check out our video demonstration of the FURminator with special guest cat, Maggie!:
Personally, I love the FURminator brush! It does the job in less time and more effectively. No need to brush my cat more than once week so this leaves more time for me and less stress on the cat (for those cats who hate being groomed). I was hesitant at first because of the cost, but now I really do not know what I would do without it!
An important note! If you are doing regular grooming and you are still noticing a lot of shedding, please seek medical advice from your veterinarian. In some cases, over shedding can be a symptom of a medical condition.