When we were contacted by ShedMonster to do a product review for them, I was interested because I know people are always looking for a cat shedding solution.
This cat deshedding tool is high quality. In fact, Caymus was my product tester on the ShedMonster and my dad was really impressed with the quality of the tool.
Everyone could use a little cat grooming help, and you can get it with the ShedMonster. I have used the Furminator on another Ragdoll cat that I was cat sitting once and didn’t like how it pulled out the silky layer of fur. I am not sure what that hair is called, but it’s the hair that gives your cat’s coat a sheen. I was actually scared to use this tool because I love Caymus’ coat and didn’t want him to loose his beautiful shine. He has the best coat in the world, the WORLD. The feel of it is amazing. And both my mom and dad commented on how great his coat looked afterwards. So it didn’t pull and damage his healthy hair – just removed his deeper hair.
If anyone reading this review knows what I am talking about as far as that top layer of fur with the “pretty” hairs and knows what it is called, please leave a comment or email me and let me know.
I did try the Shedmonster on Charlie monster and on Trigg, but they really dislike being brushed – no matter what the deshedding tool is, brushes aren’t their thing. Of course, Rags, Caymus and Murphy all loved being brushed, so it’s weird to have cats that don’t enjoy it. From my experience with them, I have learned to start brushing kittens at a young age, so they get used to it. I am sure I could get them used to it, if I did it daily. So the Shedmonster did it’s job with them, but it wasn’t as pleasant because Charlie and Trigg don’t like being brushed. This is not a reflection on the Shedmonster though, more on Charlie and Trigg.
As a result, I did the video and most of my testing on Caymus:
Here’s the uber cheesy As Seen On TV Video, but as always those videos show you how cool it is!
You can buy the ShedMonster.
Since my cats, nor my mom’s cats have mats, I couldn’t test it as far as grooming matted cat fur is concerned.
Overall, I like the Shedmonster very much. My dad liked it so much that he asked to keep it for his bathroom, where he gives Caymus his morning brushings.
Thank you for doing this review. It is awesome.
They do offer 3 different types of this brush – for cats, for fine and short hair, and for medium and long hair. Just wondering which one do you recommend for Ragdoll? 🙂
Hmmm, I can’t recall which one they sent us. I would buy the medium to long hair one, I guess. I didn’t keep this one because, like the Furminator, it pulls out the hairs that give their coat a beautiful sheen. SO it’s not my choice – but many readers don’t mind losing the sheen vs. hair, so many love it.
Oh no:( I don’t want him to lose that beautiful sheen either. Muddy really hates being brushed. I am still trying to find a brush he wouldn’t mind. What is your recommendation?
I don’t really have a recommendation – my cats hate being brushed and don’t need to be, so I haven’t really explored it much. Did you read the comments posted by other Ragdoll cat owners on yesterday’s post? https://www.floppycats.com/cat-brush-and-comb-what-are-your-favorite-cat-grooming-tools.html
I know this is a bit older of an article, but I just came across it on a quick Google search. I just bought this tool at Walmart for around $9. I also purchased one for shorthair dogs for about $20. I have two cats and I was curious about the dog one because it has a lot more of the blade things then the cat one, and it is also quite a bit wider. One of my cats like being brushed, but only on his terms. The other isnt a fan. Perhaps unsurprisingly the one meant for shorthair dogs did not work as well as the one meant for cats. I was expecting a bit more hair to come out, but neither cat sat still for very long. Over all for $9 Im happy, and with walmarts return policy Ill just bring the dog one back.
Thanks, Darren! I appreciate the update!
I just purchased this tool at Walmart for only $7. I was excited to try on my cats, they are Maine Coons, and are very hard to maintain their fur. It is a constant battle with how fast the mats accumulate. I first tried it on my cat Ziggy, who loooves being brushed. He had three realitivly large mats on his lower half. He sat their for a good five minutes while I brushed him, and I was able to get all three mats out, with out pulling!!! Which was great for me cause my hand didn’t get scratched up. As for my cat Moe likes brushing to an extent. Usually he only sits down for about 30 seconds, and then if it pulls he’ll scratch and run away. But the first time we tried it on him, he sat for a few minutes while I attempted to get mats out. I did get a couple little ones, but then he was done. I’m been doing it a little bit each day on him, and he is getting used to the brush, and will sit for about 5 minutes at a time, while Ziggy sits next to me rubbing my hand waiting for his turn. They both now love being brushed, and the amount of fur that comes out is amazing. I would recommend this product to anyone with long hair cats. Their fur are so healthy and mat free!
So glad to hear you found it inexpensively at Wal-mart! So glad you also like it! My dad just loved it that I left it at their house for their kitties!
I also bought this tool becuase my cat is not fond of being brushed. He was not all that happy with this on as well. I thought this would be used to bring up any of that hair that had already fallen out but was stuck in the over all fur. When you first run the brush through his hair it does bring up a lot of hair. This is because inbetween the combs is razors. It is actually cutting the hair. I wish it would have said something to that somewhere on the outside packaging, I would have picked a different one. Just not what I was looking for.
My husband and I purchased the shed monster today from PetSmart (in Canada) for $19.99 plus tax. I just tried using it on our baby girl (she is a DSH, maybe Russian Blue) but it didn’t give us great results. I think because her coat is short and it cannot pick up the fur, however, it did cause a small bare patch near her tail. Not sure how this happened as hardly any fur was removed. The instructions do state not to use repeatedly in one sport or this could happen, but i followed the instructions and it happened!! I think this would work well for long and medium coats on cats and dogs. When buying, make sure you pick up the right one for your pet because they do offer a short and long coat brush. We used the short coat version but no luck for us. I cannot say it completely doesn’t work because it just didn’t work for us. I have gone back to using a $6 comb with small teeth and it works wonderfully for our kitty’s coat. So to each his/her own.
That’s interesting about a short hair cat – thank you so much for sharing this – otherwise I wouldn’t have known.
You’re welcome! With so many different gadgets out there it helps to let others know what works and what doesn’t.
Just wanted to say that with the shipping added too it comes to a bit more!
Shipping & Handling (Standard S&H):$15.98
Estimated Tax (5%):$1.80
Yikes! Hope this thing works good for us!
WOW Anna! Yes, $37.77 is A LOT. Maybe they will start carrying them soon in CVS and Walgreens, so that you don’t pay that much!
Anna – have you rec’d it? Do you like it?
I just picked one up for $9 at Walmart. I haven’t tried it yet, but for $9 it can’t be too bad.
Awesome – glad you found one so cheap and also that you shared it with us here – thanks!
I use a metal cat flea comb, and I use it almost horizontally to the skin. It takes up all the loose fur in the undercoat, leaves a nice shiny coat, and Diva loves it.
You can buy it at a pet store for under $5