The summer heat is really beating down, which means one thing: more cat hair than I ever want to deal with. I’m not even allergic to cats, but during the summer, the dander in my apartment is so thick my whole face itches. I’ve thought about shaving my cats, but I’m scared it would be too stressful for them.
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Unfortunately, my cats hate being groomed by me. They growl, hiss and run away at any and all of my de-furring attempts. When I finally do hold them down for a good brushing, you would think I was torturing them instead of trying to give them much-needed relief from the heat. Because they have such a negative reaction to the traditional cat brush, here are alternative methods I’ve tried:
This oven-mitt-looking pad was supposed to be the answers to my cat fur problems. It’s soft, yet textured, so you’re able to remove hair by just petting your cat. The problem? It looks pretty scary. How would you feel if a huge red hand came at you? The cats did not approve. Even when I sneak up behind them with it and reach out to pet them, they whip their furry little heads back at me to see what’s wrong with my hand.
I watched an infomercial on a vacuum-like grooming aid that gently sucked the hair as you ran it over your cat. It seemed less invasive, since I wouldn’t have to be pulling at their real hair. Unfortunately, the motor is noisy, which scares the cats. It also has a rubber nozzle, which gets caught on the cats’ fur. They hated it more than all the other cat grooming products I used. This type of product probably works better on long-haired dogs, who don’t seem as bothered by grooming as cats do.
As silly as it sounds, the only thing I use now to get rid of excess hair is a comb made by Goody. It’s not as sharp or rough as traditional cat brushes, and it really grabs onto the fur.
Most Goody combs have two sides, one with larger spaces between the teeth and one with fewer. I start with the wide-toothed side to get them used to it before I moved onto the other side.
And I never, ever comb the back of my cats’ legs. I don’t know why, but they loathe that.
Are your cats better about letting you brush them? What has been your saving grace when it comes to keeping cat hair under control? Have you had better luck with any of the things I’ve tried? Let me know in the comments below.
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