I recently borrowed a Furminator comb from a buddy to test on my rescue dog. She is a shepherd mix with a smooth brindle coat, not too thick, but with a significant undercoat.
I've used a shedding blade on her, but I find if I use it enough to get all the hair off, I can give her a brush burn. She never complains, but I feel terrible.
So, the Furminator. You can look it up on the net, but basically it is the blade portion of a clipper head set into a sturdy rubber/plastic handle with a well-designed plastic handle. The blade strips out undercoat beautifully, but it also cuts the coat. The other problem is the price. A small dog or cat comb is $21 to $30, depending on where you get it. The larger combs can set you back $50 to $60. Ouch!
For a larger dog, I would recommend instead a spiral steel curry comb designed for horses. It is much cheaper, $4 to $9, again depending on whether you have a tack supply near you or whether you have to do mail order. The spiral steel curry comb looks a bit like a shedding blade, but there are differences.
Instead of the single (sometimes double) loop of the shedding blade. the spiral comb has three or four nested sets of circles. This means that you get as much hair from the coat with one stroke of the spiral brush as you would with three strokes (or more) of the standard shedding blade.
I think it works as well if not better than the Furminator.
But it won't work on cats or small dogs. Too big and perhaps too harsh. I would definitely spring for the Furminator for a cat. The one I borrowed, even though it was way too large, took amazing amounts of hair off of the cat and didn't seem to cut the coat.
I've already ordered my spiral steel curry comb and I'm planning on buying the smallest Furminator later.
My vacuum and I are tired, tired, tired of all the hair all over my house!!
This is the first some what negative thing I have heard about the Furminator.
A few days ago I ordered the small blue one off eBay, $23.50 when shipping and all was said and done. It claims to not need to be sharpened or replaced for 8 years...
Since it claims to reduce shedding by 90%, and their demonstrations even on QVC are hard to ignore, I am willing to try it. If it's not for us, I guess it will continue the circle of life and find it's way right back to eBay lol
There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.
I completely agree with you, although I don't have animals that shed a lot, parents do, they love it. I was looking at the furminator for my cat, and it isn't worth it to me. The shedding blade does just as well if not better. Once I get a dog that sheds a lot and has more hair I'll try it again, but for now I'm not impressed with it.
I am a huge fan of the furminator. It is a little pricey, but it truly does work wonders. I know I sound like an infomercial, but owning a Golden Retriever means giant balls of hair rolling across the floor all the time. I use this for about 15-30 minutes a day, and the difference is incredible. For me, it was worth every penny.
I like mine as well, also purchased on ebay for about 20 bucks and i way prefer it over the shed n blade. Expecially on my female with her nipples, the blade used to catch them so I never brushed out her belly, but the furminator glides right over them.
That's my problem with the thing. That and the price. It is VERY effective on my cats, but I can't see spending $50 for a large Furminator when the horse curry comb will do just as nice a job for a lot less money.
There's a man who comes to my dog park who brushes his dog there and he's passed around this spiral horse comb and it is just great. It takes out as much hair as the Furminator and does not cut the coat.
I cannot use this. It has a horrible tendency to remove live hair, and my dogs cannot afford to lose coat for that thing. I would rather hand strip them like a terrier, personally. I do that willingly anyhow.