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Frequently Asked Questions

Dog FAQs

1 Why do I need a FURminator deShedding Tool?
Almost all dogs shed to some extent. This depends on their breed, age, gender and also on external factors like stress, temperature, diet or seasonal changes. Shedding is a normal process and it’s not possible to stop it, but you can dramatically reduce it by using the FURminator deShedding Tool. The deShedding Tool:

  • reduces shedding up to 90% keeping your home, car, floor and cloths clean and without loose hair

  • keeps the dog’s fur and skin clean, healthy and vital avoiding the formation of mats and tangles of shed hair under the topcoat and helps the hair in its renewal process avoiding skin irritation and allergens

  • does not cut or damage the dog coat thanks to its carefully-crafted, precise, stainless steel edge

  • is easy to be used appropriate for the professional dog grooming at home

2 How often should I use the FURminator dShedding Tool?
We recommend using the FURminator deShedding Tool 1-2 times a week for 10-20 minutes each session. You may need to use the deShedding Tool more frequently during heavy shedding seasons.

Before each use, you will want to read the deShedding Tool instructions completely. Also, your dog should be free of mats and tangles.

The FURminator deShedding Tool you should use in the direction of hair growth, typically starting at the base of the neck and brushing to the tail. It is important to use the deShedding Tool methodically over the entire pet, avoiding one area for an extended period of time.

The FURminator deShedding Tool is fine to use on the ears and tail. It is non-abrasive to the skin and removes the undercoat and loose hair. The ears and tail are typically sensitive areas for most pets, so extra caution will need to be taken when brushing these areas. Since the ears and tail typically mat easily, we advise to check for and remove mats and tangles before using the deShedding Tool. With regular use, you should see a reduction in the amount of mats and tangles that form in the ears and tail because you are removing the undercoat that gets caught in the topcoat causing mats to form.

Using FURminator Waterless Sprays can help aid in static build up when grooming your dog.
3 What FURminator products should I purchase for my puppy?
For your puppy we recommend to use the especially for puppies designed Grooming Set, Ultra Premium Shampoo and Waterless Spay.

My FURst Groomer for Puppies are grooming tools that offer your puppy a soothing, massaging experience while keeping the hair clean and healthy. My FURst Groomer is perfect for starting puppies on a lifelong grooming routine. This will make it easier to start using FURminator’s deShedding Tools at a later date.

My FURst Ultra Premium Puppy Shampoo's blend of high quality ingredients is safe and gentle to use on puppy's delicate skin. The non-drying formula is ph balanced for puppies.

FURminator also offers My FURst Waterless Puppy Shampoo which is gently formulated to reduce odors and clean the pet's coat frequently between baths. This product is produced free of parabens and chemical dyes.
4 Will the FURminator deShedding Tool work for my pet?
The FURminator deShedding Tool is designed to remove the undercoat and loose hair without cutting or damaging the topcoat. Some breeds have coat textures that vary between individual dogs, for instance single or double-layered coats. For those animals having an undercoat it is absolutely recommended to use a FURminator deShedding Tool, especially during heavy shedding seasons. Click here to find an overview of double-layered breeds having an undercoat.

Breeds that lack an undercoat do shed; however, their shedding is so minimal, that brushing or combing is sufficient to groom their coat. Please click here for a list of breeds without undercoat.

An exception are the stripping breeds with a specific feature in their topcoat. The hair does not fall out automatically, therefore inhibits its renewal process and needs to be removed. This concerns mainly all Terrier and few Spaniel breeds. A FURminator deShedding Tool can help here.
5 Which Dog Breeds are Recommended for a deShedding Tool?
For a list of breeds we recommend using a deShedding tool on, click here.
6 Which Dog Breeds are not Recommended for a deShedding Tool?
For a list of breeds that we do NOT recommend using a deShedding tool on, click here.

Cat FAQs

1 Why do I need a FURminator deShedding Tool?
Indoor cats tend to shed year round. They mostly shed in cycles of every 4-6 weeks. It’s not possible to stop your cat’s shedding, but you can dramatically reduce shedding by using the FURminator deShedding Tool. The deShedding Tool:

  • will remove any coat that has shed from its skin preventing your cat from skin irritations, allergens and keeping your home, car, floor and cloths clean and without loose hair

  • does not cut or damage the coat thanks to its carefully-crafted, precise, stainless steel edge

  • removes the undercoat and loose hair before your cat can ingest it during its self-grooming, hairballs can be minimized or even prevented, without medication

  • reduces shedding up to 90% avoiding the formation of mats and tangles of shed hair under the topcoat

  • is easy to be used appropriate for the professional cat grooming at home


With our complete line of deShedding products, we provide cat parents with optimum effectiveness and an efficient method of preventing hairball development and prevent potentially life-threatening digestive problems.
2 How often should I use the FURminator dShedding Tool?
We recommend using the FURminator deShedding Tool 1-2 times a week for 10-20 minutes each session. You may need to use the deShedding Tool more frequently during heavy shedding seasons.

Before each use, you will want to read the deShedding Tool instructions completely. Also, your cat should be free of mats and tangles.

The FURminator deShedding Tool you should use in the direction of hair growth, typically starting at the base of the neck and brushing to the tail. It is important to use the deShedding Tool methodically over the entire pet, avoiding one area for an extended period of time.

The deShedding Tool is fine to use on the ears and tail. It is non-abrasive to the skin and removes the undercoat and loose hair. The ears and tail are typically sensitive areas for most pets, so extra caution will need to be taken when brushing these areas. Since the ears and tail typically mat easily, we advise to check for and remove mats and tangles before using the deShedding Tool. With regular use, you should see a reduction in the amount of mats and tangles that form in the ears and tail because you are removing the undercoat that gets caught in the topcoat causing mats to form.

Using FURminator Waterless Sprays can help aid in static build up when grooming your cat.
3 What FURminator products should I purchase for my kitten?
For your kitten we recommend to use the especially for kittens designed Grooming Set. My FURst Groomer for Kittens are grooming tools that offer your kitten a soothing, massaging experience while keeping the hair clean and healthy. My FURst Groomer is perfect for starting kittens on a lifelong grooming routine. This will make it easier to start using FURminator’s deShedding Tools at a later date.
4 Will the FURminator deShedding Tool work for my pet?
The FURminator deShedding Tool is designed to remove the undercoat and loose hair without cutting or damaging the topcoat. Some breeds have coat textures that vary between individual cats, for instance single or double-layered coats. For those animals having an undercoat it is absolutely recommended to use a FURminator deShedding Tool, especially during heavy shedding seasons. Click here to find an overview of double-layered breeds having an undercoat.

Breeds that lack an undercoat do shed; however, their shedding is so minimal, that brushing or combing is sufficient to groom their coat. Please click here for a list of breeds without undercoat.
5 Which Cat Breeds are Recommended for a deShedding Tool?
For a list of breeds we recommend using a deShedding tool on, click here.
6 Which Cat Breeds are not Recommended for a deShedding Tool?
For a list of breeds that we do NOT recommend using a deShedding tool on, click here.

Equine FAQs

1 Why do I need a FURminator deShedding Tool?
Like dogs and cats horses also shed to some extent. Shedding is a normal process and it’s not possible to stop it, but you can dramatically reduce it by using the FURminator deShedding Tool. The deShedding Tool:

  • reduces shedding up to 90%

  • keeps the horse’s fur and skin clean, healthy and vital

  • helps the hair in its renewal process avoiding skin irritation and allergens

  • does not cut or damage the coat thanks to its carefully-crafted, precise, stainless steel edge

  • removes a horse’s “winter coat” and loose hair faster than a conventional brush, rake or comb

2 How often should I use the FURminator dShedding Tool?
We recommend using the FURminator deShedding Tool on a regular basis. You may need to use the deShedding Tool more frequently during heavy shedding seasons.

Small Animal FAQs

1 Why do I need a FURminator deShedding Tool?
Rabbits and ferrets swallow hair when grooming themselves and are unable to expel it. By removing the loose hair they would normally swallow, the FURminator deShedding Tool:

  • helps to prevent potentially life-threatening hairballs and digestive problems from developing

  • provides pet parents with optimum effectiveness and an efficient method of removing loose hair

2 How often should I use the FURminator dShedding Tool?
We recommend using the FURminator deShedding Tool 1-2 times a week for 10-20 minutes each session. You may need to use the deShedding Tool more frequently during heavy shedding seasons.

The FURminator deShedding Tool you should use in the direction of hair growth, typically starting at the base of the neck and brushing to the tail. It is important to use the deShedding Tool methodically over the entire pet, avoiding one area for an extended period of time.

The deShedding Tool is fine to use on the ears and tail. It is non-abrasive to the skin and removes the undercoat and loose hair. The ears and tail are typically sensitive areas for most pets, so extra caution will need to be taken when brushing these areas.

Since the ears and tail typically mat easily, we advise to check for and remove mats and tangles before using the deShedding Tool. With regular use, you should see a reduction in the amount of mats and tangles that form in the ears and tail because you are removing the undercoat that gets caught in the topcoat causing mats to form.
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