Ashton sheds. She isn’t the biggest cat in our house, or the longest haired, but she seems to shed the most. And here in Florida, shedding season is all year round.
So when I saw the Eazee deshedding tool at Global Pet Expo, I immediately thought of Ashton, and I couldn’t wait to try it out with her.
The deshedding tool I had previously used on Ashton had metal teeth that cut her undercoat. When is was purring and asking for more, it’s hard to stop grooming her. That actually led to me overgrooming her. I went for about six weeks last year not being able to take a photo of her back because a metal deshedding tool thinned even her topcoat, making the black fur of her back look streaky gray from her undercoat showing through.
The Eazee deshedding tool promised to be different. Instead of metal teeth that cut live hair, it has plastic ones that only remove dead hair. If it prevented me from overgrooming Ashton and making gray streaks on her back from cutting her topcoat, this sounded like a great idea.
There are two interchangeable sets of teeth for the brush, one set white and another set black. The white teeth are for daily grooming, and the black teeth are supposedly for more intense grooming. Ashton doesn’t need anything more intense than the white teeth, but maybe they would make a difference or a cat with longer or curly hair.
It’s easy to tell by the way Ashton responds that the Eazee deshedding tool feels good. Ashton leans into it, and you can see her tail is up, a sign of happiness.
This is the hair that came from about ten seconds of brushing. You can see that Ashton has plenty to spare and needs some brushing to remove the loose parts of her undercoat.
The Eazee is made of a static-free plastic, , and it has a thumb switch you can use to retract the teeth. When you retract the teeth, the hair falls right off the deshedding tool’s head.
Ashton: Did all that hair come from me?
The thumb switch for the adjustable head position means you can extend the teeth less for short-haired cats or extend them fully for long-haired cats. It also means that you can fully retract the teeth both for removing hair from the deshedding tool. It also provides a simple way to store the tool. There’s no separate cover for the teeth that you can misplace.
In the animation below, you can see how quickly the deshedding tool pulls hair loose from Ashton. It practically piles up at her hindquarters as I brush her.
I recommend not grooming your cat with this on the sofa like I did! You can see how much of Ashton’s dark fur ended up on the pillow and sofa cover. Pierre is probably hoping he won’t be blamed for the mess!
Speaking of Pierre, I tried the Eazee deshedding tool on Pierre, too. Pierre doesn’t actually like to be brushed. He just wants to rub the scent glands on his cheeks against the brush, especially the glands in the corner of his mouth. The result is what looks like obsessive rubbing against and chewing on the deshedding tool while he drools and purrs.
Pierre has cheerfully rubbed his mouth bloody on other brushes and grooming tools, so he has to be carefully monitored around anything that looks like a brush or any kind. He wasn’t able to injure himself with the Eazee deshedding tool because its teeth are plastic instead of metal and have slightly blunted edges. This extra safety measure is really reassuring. If it can’t injure the delicate tissue around Pierre’s lips, it won’t scratch him anywhere else, either… if he ever lets me brush anything but his cheeks.
Both Ashton and Pierre agree that the Eazee deshedding tool gets enthusiastic paws up for removing their hair so they don’t have to do it by getting a hairball.
Tips for the Deshedding
It’s easy to get gobs of fur off of Ashton, but some cats don’t have the same texture coat she has. For best results when deshedding your cat:
- Make sure your cat is dry. This isn’t a grooming tool meant for cats who you have recently bathed and haven’t completely dried yet.
- For shorter haired cats, only extend the teeth of the comb to the first setting. There is a longer setting for cats with longer coats or thicker undercoats. Ashton’s thicker undercoat really works best with the longer teeth.
- Not only does the Eazee deshedding tool come with there two combs — white for every day deshedding and black for intense grooming — the combs themselves are reversible. One side of the comb is for thicker coats and the other side for thinner coats. If you aren’t getting the results you expect, you can reverse the comb in the handle for better results.
Eazee Deshedding Tool Giveaway
We want you to have a better shedding season, too, so one lucky reader will receive an Eazee deshedding tool so your cat can feel as good as Ashton and Pierre after their grooming.
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