As I’m sure you’ve worked out by now if you’ve read this blog before or follow me on any of my social media channels, my pets are a huge part of my life. I was brought up with the mindset that they aren’t just pets; they’re members of the family, and that way of thinking has continued to where I find myself today. The proud fur-mum of a dog and two cats.
So, when the people from FURminator contacted me to ask if I would like to review their de-shedding brushes (for cats and dogs) I jumped at the chance. Not only could I bring two of my loves together – blogging and my pets – but if the brushes turned out to be any good it would be a godsend, as with three animals tearing around my house at all times, there’s an almost permanent layer of fur over everything, no matter how much we hoover!
When the FURminator package arrived at my door, I was very surprised to see that as well as the brushes they’d thrown in some other goodies for me to try out.
De-shedding shampoo for dogs
De-shedding conditioner for dogs
De-shedding spray for dogs
Hairball prevention spray for cats
De-shedding tool brush for dogs and cats
We couldn’t wait to put all of these to use, and so it came to be that Poppy found herself in one of her least favourite places – the bath.
For some reason, Pops isn’t a big fan of water. If there’s a puddle on the ground when we’re walking her she will detour around it, and last year we bought her a paddling pool to keep her cool in the summer sun but she refused point blank to get in it, so bath times are always a little bit of an effort. In fact, over Christmas I gave her a bath and trapped a nerve in my neck while I was trying to stop her jumping out! Cue a trip to the Osteopath…!
I won’t talk too much about the bathing process as it’s pretty much as you would expect it to be (but you can see some of the action in my YouTube video review) but both the shampoo and conditioner are pretty impressive. The shampoo smells of aloe vera and lathers up really well, making it easy to see where the product is on the fur so you can be sure to rinse it all out, and the conditioner smells of cranberry.
Post-bath Poppy smelt amazing and the following day it was clear to see the effects of the FURminator products – her fur was shiny and soft and looked so healthy.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to try and bath the cats – I used to do this regularly and they absolutely hated it! Instead they were treated to pampering in the form of the hairball prevention spray. Extremely simple to use, you just apply the spray to your cats fur, rub it in like you would if you were shampooing, then dry them off with a towel.
My cats have never had hairballs, so in all honesty I can’t say whether this has made a huge difference to them or not, but it did leave their fur looking shiny and full of life for a few days afterwards. In fact, as I write this now, Devon is laying in a sunbeam and his fur is glistening!
Now to the star of the show – the FURminator de-shedding tool.
This is the a game changer. With it’s tiny metal teeth, it reaches down under the outer coat and attacks those little loose hairs that find their way out to cling to our clothes and float around the house.
Despite being metal, the teeth aren’t sharp and the animals seemed to find being brushed by these pretty relaxing. The sheer amount of fur that they brought out of all three animals was incredible – I reckon we could knit ourselves a fourth pet with it!
Price-wise, the de-shedding tool is slightly more expensive than you might anticipate, retailing at between £24.00 and £42.00 depending on the size of your pet, but the shampoo and conditioner are pretty well priced at £10.00 a bottle. (All prices correct at time of writing).
Overall, I would definitely recommend investing in some FURminator products for your pet. Their fur looks and smells lovely, and there is less fluff around the house for me to hoover – that right there is priceless!
Thanks to FURminator for letting us road-test these bits and bobs, you’ve got yourselves some new fans!
Watch our video review by clicking the image below:
If you’re looking for somewhere to buy yourselves some FURminator bits and bobs, there’s a few different retailers in the UK that can help you out:
FURminator at Pets At Home
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