Why a slicker brush?
- Help remove loose hair, therefore fewer hairballs
- Fewer hairballs mean less underfoot surprises!
- Good for both long and short hair cats (and dogs).
Are there different types of slicker brushes?
- Self-cleaning and nonself cleaning.
- Variable sizes depending on your pet.
- Comfort level based oner personal preference.
Why is pet grooming in general so important?
Familiarity and the social bond.
- Always start with gentle grooming.
- Groom your cat to build a trusting and desired bond.
- Establishing a positive and regular routine.
- Learn your cat’s personality.
About Your pet’s health.
Grooming offers the additional opportunity to check your cat’s general health condition like ….
- Rough or bare spot (allergic reaction, over grooming, etc)
- Sensitive area (pet reacts negatively to specific area)
- Embedded ticks
- Lumps, bumps or scabs (is your cat an outdoor cat and suffered injury)
- Scratches, cuts, ear or eye issues (do you have more than one cat? Did they play too rough?)
Shedding is Natural.
All cats shed, short haired, long haired, medium haired (well except hairless cats). So be prepared for changes in your home and grooming routine.
- Be prepared for additional grooming during shedding seasons (spring and fall)
- That 1 am sound of hairball being expelled!
- Vacuum cleaner bags tend to fill up faster (I prefer bagless vacs)
- Additional grooming for long-haired cats or during shedding seasons for all cats/pets.
- Hairball remedies can provide assistance in easing hairball passage.
Older or Special Needs pets.
Adopting an older or senior cat or have one already? Be prepared for additional or alternate or more gentle grooming techniques,
- Does your cat have more sensitive/tender skin due to allergies?
An aging cat can feel the same aches we do, and therefore need gentler grooming.
- Overweight cats can have a more difficult time grooming.
- Some medications might make your cat less energetic and therefore less likely to regularly groom itself.
Secondary Benefits of Grooming,
The benefit of the grooming process, while your cat is relaxed, is a great opportunity to check other areas.
- A quick inspection of teeth and gums can reveal general health, is a cleaning needed?
- Claws: even with scratching posts, make sure the claws do not get too long that they cannot retract them properly.
- Fleas and Ticks, The Unwanted House Guests!
What others say about the Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush.
- I brushed off enough cat hair to have another cat. I would recommend this brush if you want to brush your fur babies bald. It won’t actually ever happen, them being bald, but it is so satisfying to see that fur pile up next you as you spend 30 minutes brushing your cat or dog. I’m starting to think Porkins doesn’t even have any skin, she must be made entirely of fur as it NEVER ENDS. She’s completely passed out now from all the brushing, she loved it. The push button to retract the bristles is fantastic and makes for easy clean up! Totally worth every penny, and I’m sure Porkins would agree as well, if she understood the basic concept of monetary values.
- Great brush! My cat loves it. As soon as he sees it, he comes running and pushes his face on the brush which is his signal to brush him. The easy one button clean up is an awesome feature. Customer service from this company has also been great in asking whether or not their product is satisfying and willing to assist if not. Thank you Hertzko for such a great product!!!
- Disclaimer – I’m a veterinarian, so I know way too much about different brushes and grooming implements.I have always had a love-hate relationship with slicker brushes… love because they’re effective and comfortable, and HATE because they are the absolute biggest pain in the butt to clean, especially without damaging the thin bristles, or bending them in such a way that they poke the animal uncomfortably.Now, I have a longhaired senior cat who has twice had to go under anesthesia for removal of massive hairballs. The last time, he received an Rx for a haircut from his Internal Medicine specialist. So we have been on an intensive hair management program – but he hates being brushed. So I’m constantly going through various brushes and combs. My go-to is the Furminator, but my main gripes with it are that it is uncomfortable for the cat (pulls his skin excessively at times) and its blades, even on the long-hair version, fill up with nearly every swipe. It is easy to clean, but when I have a squirming, annoyed cat in one hand, it is difficult to be constantly cleaning the blade out. But it absolutely pulls the most shed hair and undercoat with each swipe.This brush is 10x more comfortable for my cat, while still pulling a decent amount of shed hair. Cleaning it is AMAZING – just press the button, pull the pad of hair off, and it doesn’t fill up until after nearly a full session of brushing. It is not taking off as much hair as the Furminator, but the fact that he doesn’t get instantly annoyed and thus I can brush for longer and create a more positive experience for him is important.