Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shedding Season

I was sitting on the couch and the girls were in the living room window.  In the stream of morning light,  I watched their hair floating in the air.

It's shedding season.

And they're a hairy pair.

This afternoon we'll be heading out to the back deck with the Furminator for a little de-flooding.  Here are the "before" shots.


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25 comments:

  1. Same here. My Maine Coon is leaving orange furs everywhere, even in the room he's not allowed in!

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    1. All the more satisfaction for your MC to get his fur in that room!

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  2. As I like to tell my mom's long-haired cat, Duchess, "It's not easy being fuzzy." She always nods in agreement.

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  3. That's a lot of floof to clean up! The other night after walking on my treadmill I made the mistake of wiping my face with a towel my black cat slept on. I can understand your frustration.

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  4. I have two Maine Coons, so the Swiffer and I are very, very good friends. Plus we play "comb the baby" daily! And yet there are still many wafting clouds of kitten floof...

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  5. Maybe you can make a sweater or even a blanket with the shed fur...

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  6. Do they tolerate furminating okay? My two last about 2 minutes and then run away :-(

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    1. Wylla is more tolerant that Bean. I can usually do her one sitting. It usually takes a couple with Charlene.

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  7. I too have two long-haired babies. Unfortunately, neither of them really likes the Furminator. Figaro will tolerate it for a little bit. Holly acts like I'm trying to kill her. So the hunt for an acceptable grooming tool continues....

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    1. The furminator is super-effective, but sometimes more is less. I've had really good luck with a kind of brush that is like a metal circle with teeth on either edge. Like this: http://www.bigddoghouse.com/Shedding-Blade-Metal/productinfo/109/

      My black-haired boy used to get very restless after a short time with the Furminator, but he never gets tired of this brush.

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  8. My stairs are covered in cat hair. Even if I clean it daily, more appear. It's kind of a losing battle. This with one very fuzzy one and another, while short haired, is extremely plush. Another Swifter fan here!

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  9. I've been curious about the Furminator since I have a long haired, shedding, calico. Looking forward to seeing the "after" photos.

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  10. Thank goodness for my Swiffer, that's all I can say. Oof, the floof. :)

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  11. I am intrigued...I wonder what the pile(s) of floof will look like?

    Do you toss them (fur piles...not the girls!) into the yard for birds to line their nests with?

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    1. When I brush the girls outside, I just leave the floof for the birds.

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  12. I was thinking that, maybe, if I could get all the fur tumbleweeds to stay together in one place, it could pass for an area rug.

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  13. Our Furminator gets a ton of use, even on the DSH's of the family. I have to keep it put away or my big black diabetic boy will take it and try to brush himself.

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  14. Looking forward to the 'after' photos.

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  15. The MC is OK, the Siamese mix...OMG. I have pretty much has given up.

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  16. Lisa (mom of Chai)April 16, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    All hail the mighty Furminator! What an amazing little tool it is.
    All our cats adore it, previous labrador LOVED it, new lab puppy is still learning to appreciate it but I think she's going to be cool with it.
    Somehow there are still numerous tumbleweeds of fur rolling around the house though.

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  17. Bean and Wylla are just such pretty girls!! I love their fluff!

    Buddy and Mr. Mistofelees are both DSH. They enjoy the occasional brush, but shedding isn't a big deal for them.

    Tiger, on the other hand, is a Maine Coon mix. Except for his cheeks, top of his head and spine, he HATES to be brushed! Especially on his parts that really need de-furring, pantaloons, tummy, under his front legs. I'm constantly fighting the kitty-hair dust bunnies. I wish I could convince him that brushing is kitty-spa nice :-(

    Any suggestions from anyone who's been able to convince a kit that brushes are good?

    Buddy, Tiger and Mr. M's Mom

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    1. I sometimes "ambush" my kitties during a meal because they're concentrating so hard on inhaling the food, they tolerate the brushing much longer. It also associates good things (food) with not so pleasant things (like brushing for some cats).

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    2. To convince kitties that any scary grooming tool is OK, our rescue group ties long curling ribbons on the handle. We do this for brushes & combs, nail trimmers, files, etc. The kitty becomes so fascinated by the movement of the pretty ribbon that he forgets to be mad about the grooming. Then afterwards we will play with it like a regular ribbon for a minute before we put the tool away. That way it seems like it was a toy all along.
      Also, when I was transitioning my DSH girl, Bob, from feral to indoors princess, I took a lot of time showing her how much I loved having my hair brushed. I would exaggerate how good it felt to brush it, then I would run my brush over her hair a few times. Before long, she liked her brush as much as mine, and very quickly she became the kind of girl that opens the bathroom cabinet and nudges the brush out, begging for her beauty routine. She also "applies" deodorant, face cream, etc. by having the bottle rubbed on her, and she even has her own fluffy powder brush to "put on her makeup" when Mom does hers. This from a cat who once couldn't tolerate being touched in any way! She has a boy's name, but she is 100% lady.

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    3. Thanks to AnaliaRose and Rachel Beckett.

      I tried brushing Tiger's pantaloons while he was eating dinner last night. Got a lot of brushing in.

      The ribbons on the brush sounds like a brilliant idea. All my guys LOVE ribbons! Definitely will give that a try.

      Thanks again!

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  18. That is the worst season but they sure do love being brushed !

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