Monday, November 10, 2008

If you're a dog lover, check in next week when I tackle the Kyjen Hardcore Firehouse Dog Toy With Squeaker

Well, this is a first. Someone wants me to expand on something. Usually it’s the opposite (oh, you may not have requested it directly, but I've heard your disgruntled rumblings).

Small Town Mommy left me a request:

I know you have sworn off of all things cat, but I want to hear more about the Furminator. I keep finding that same ball in a pile on my rug (usually after being ingested by a cat). Perform a public service and talk more about your Furminator.

I’m going to assume that by “small ball” she is referring to cat hair and not her child (come on, that’s fair, my cats are large enough to ingest my child) and go from there.



STM, I, too find the same ball of fur on my rugs (see above). Every time the damn cat sits, he leaves tufts of fur. He has a dreadlock on his ass that’s the size of a jumbo muffin. We try to have him professionally shaved every so often because the sight of him cleaning himself and eating his fur makes me vomit uncontrollably, but he doesn’t like to leave the house.

In fact, the last time I dropped him off at a pet spa, the receptionist left me a nasty message an hour later telling me that I had to get my animal right away because he’d bitten the groomer and it’s the spa’s policy that if an animal bites the groomer, the animal must be picked up within 30 minutes or they charge you a fee. (They could have been creative and named the fee something like “your pet sucks so bad fee" but they weren’t—they were just blandly angry. Yawn).

I got there as soon as humanly possible, but the receptionist was still a bitch. And the poor kitty! He was in a half-shaved, half-crazed state. He looked like he had mange! And they still wanted me to pay.

Which I did. Right before I asked her when I could make another appointment. (If you’re going to behave like an asshole then I am going to behave like a moron, it’s called the ying and yang of commerce.)

But let’s get back to that Arnold Schwarzenegger of fur removal shall we?

At first I wasn’t that impressed, but once you get going and the fur starts flying, it’s hard to stop (I mean it, I'm thinking about doing it right now). The biggest problem was the stupid cat. I had to chase him from room to room then jump as he lunged for my hand. At one point I put a pile of treats in front of him so he’d sit still. I wanted to get my Furminating hands on his fluffy belly so bad, but that would have required a muzzle.

The pile I so diligently documented took about 20 minutes to harvest. I’m guessing it was about five Starbursts high (see below). The nice thing is that the brush keeps collecting fur no matter how full the teeth are, so you’re not constantly stopping to clean it. Next time I might order the larger model— the Equine Tool perhaps—because the cat is the size of a small pony.



My only concern is that the brush is metal and you have to rake kind of hard to catch the fur, so I worried I was hurting him. But when I was through with him, he looked about 10 pounds lighter and happier. And yes, shinier.

So, wrapping up, I’d highly recommend the Furminator if: (a) you have time to dedicate to brushing, (b) your pet will sit still long enough to get the process going and (c) you remember not to wear socks while you’re Furminating because you will look like Sasquatch when you’re done.

STM, I hope that answers some of your questions.

This is the Furminator Queen officially signing off. (Seriously, I feel like I'm starting to infringe on Daisy's turf.)

16 comments:

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

OMG. All this talk of the furminator and that dog you call a cat. I am still not convinced that is a cat. As a matter fact I am positive it is not a cat. It certainly could be a dog. Or as you alluded to - a miniature pony. Yes, it absolutely is a pony.

Frogs in my formula said...

Know what fits well into a BMW? A pony...

Jenn P. said...

How do you keep up with all that hair? Wow!

thedavies99 said...

That's a lotta fur this week. Good you escaped for the baptism. Great commerce line.

On The Verge said...

I have a cat that is so fat she has dread locks on her back side. I think I need the furminator as well!

Nicole said...

Thanks for the laugh! I don't think I could get that much hair off of my cat, but my dog is another story... I'm kinda grossed out by the whole "brush-the-hairy-old-dog-with-breath-that-could-knock-a-buzzard-off-a-shit-wagon" thing. But once you get started, it's actually kind of hard to stop... They probably are quite grateful, and then I get about a one day reprieve until I have to clean the hardwood floors--again. :) Gotta love those pets!

Anne Albanese said...

Alright, you have me sold. The Furminator is the first thing on my Christmas list. I too have a gigantic hairball cat that is the size of a small pony (the kids have tried to ride him. He doesn't like it). I also never thought of professional shaving, but I am not sure my husband would go for the cost. I wonder if I could shave him myself? I guess that would take more than a couple of cat treats, maybe kitty tranquilizers.

Leanne said...

I used this with my last cat and I liked it too. My only word of advice, brush them OUTSIDE. I sat him on the deck even though he's an indoor cat. It saved me a ton of cleaning.

Pablo Guero said...

That's a lot of hair. You don't have to let it go to waste. Spin it into yarn! Knit yourself a sweater. Better yet, make a sweater for your cat! (http://www.knitting-and.com/spinning/ruffy-wool.htm).

Lidian said...

I am getting one of these for our cat Katia, whose undercoat is just like the ball of woolly fur you show. And she lies on the rug with the same expression too! You are so funny, thanks for the laugh and the info!:)

Keely said...

All I can say is...GRRRRR-OSSS!! And I think I need one for Xmas, too.

Felicia said...

Again... I so have to get one of these! Look at all that hair! How big is that cat! LOL!

Mary Anna said...

First, let me say that I'm so proud to be married to such a resourceful guy.

Next: I still covet the Furminator. Max doesn't shed much at all, but I have dreams of jaunting up to Heaven to brush Tigger. (Strangely, Tigger was a short-haired cat but he shed like your lump.)

Now if only they could create a tool that reminds the stupid cat that she's supposed to use her paws to cover her poo with litter, not scratch the top and sides of the litter box. Idiot.

Frogs in my formula said...

I am so, um, grateful I could help so many of you with your fur removal needs!

Small Town Mommy said...

I got my Furminator and it is as fabulous as promised. I talked about it (and you) on my blog. Don't worry, I only said nice things.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

That is a lot of fur you got out of your cat! How funny about the groomer! I know my first cat, Moe, would never have stood for being groomed professionally either. Chasing your cat from room to room brought back some memories for me when I'd try brushing Moe. Your cat is awesome!

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