Should I Buy A Furminator For My Pet?

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Written by: Celestine Gomez
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As much as we love our four-legged friends, we don’t always love finding their hair everywhere. We’ve all been to work, on holiday, or to visit a friend, only to find our dog or cat’s hair has come with us.

A Furminator can help reduce unwanted shedding in your home and minimize the chances of your pet hair traveling with you. Shedding is a natural process for our pets, but the Furminator is a device that can help remove unwanted hair from your pet in a controlled way.

This article will help you decide whether you should buy a Furminator for your pet. Read on to find out what a Furminator is, what pets it is suitable for, and how it can help you and your home stay comparatively hair-free.

What Is A Furminator?

What Is A Furminator?

A Furminator is a particular type of metal comb with a grip you can use to reduce unwanted pet shedding. The comb goes underneath your pet’s topcoat to remove loose hair and help them shed their undercoat before it lands on your carpet. The tool claims to reduce shedding by up to 90%. 

The aim is to keep your pet’s skin healthy by removing loose hair, reducing tangles and encouraging a controlled shedding process. Your pet will have a healthy coat, and your coat will be free of stray fur.

Which Pets Can I Use A Furminator On?

A Furminator is suitable for dogs, cats, horses, and smaller animals like rabbits and ferrets. All these animals shed, but dogs and cats will benefit most from a Furminator due to their natural shedding process and the time spent in your home.

Which Pets Should Not Use A Furminator?

Furminators are particularly useful for pets that have an undercoat. Not all breeds of dogs have an undercoat, like terriers. For some breeds where shedding does not occur naturally, it is recommended not to use the Furminator. 

The tool is unsuitable for Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Maltese, Poodles and several other breeds. You should not use a Furminator on cats like Bengals, Burmese, Short Hairs, or Maine Coons.

How Often Should I Use A Furminator On My Pet?

How Often Should I Use A Furminator On My Pet?

You should use the Furminator on your smaller pets, dogs, or cats, once or twice a week for up to twenty minutes. Brush from neck to tail toward your pet’s hair growth. Please ensure they are free of tangles before using it; give them a brush before using the tool. 

The Furminator is unsuitable for your dog’s chest fur, where the layers are thin and might be sensitive. When using the tool, you might need to eject the hair that builds up for it to work effectively. Avoid focusing on one area of your pet’s body for too long, and be extra careful with their ears and tails.

When Should I Use The Furminator?

Use the Furminator on a dry and groomed animal with no tangles in its hair. It is not suitable for pets with damp fur. You can use the Furminator at any time of day, and if the weather’s good, you could use it outside to avoid hair landing on your floors.

Are There Any Other Products That Can Help?

Furminator also provides shampoos, brushes and hair dematting devices that can help you get your pet ready to use the Furminator. However, you can also purchase these independently from Furminator from any other pet retailers who sell these products.

Where Can I Buy The Furminator?

Where Can I Buy The Furminator?

The Furminator is available from many retailers and is likely available wherever you usually buy your pet products. Be wary of cheaper brands, as these may not be as effective. If you see any products selling for under $19, it’s likely they aren’t Furminator products.


A Furminator is an excellent idea for dogs, cats, rabbits or horses that shed frequently. It’s not suitable for hairless pets and certain breeds of dogs and cats without an undercoat. You can use it up to twice a week for up to 20 minutes and should be careful with sensitive areas like ears and tails. Do not groom your dog’s chest fur, as this is an incredibly sensitive area for them.

If you’re looking for a way to avoid unwanted pet hair from sitting on your carpet, floors, or clothes, the Furminator is a recommended way to achieve this goal.

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Celestine Gomez

I'm Celestine Gomez, worked for 5 years in an animal shelter in Los Angeles, California. Having noticed the inherent passion and zeal in me to care for pets, I took a step further to create a team of I and like-minded individuals to provide an informative resource in order to broaden the knowledge base of a regular pet owners.