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Furminator and the Qatteri Cat

The poor Qatteri Cat with his luxurious thick furry coat starts getting a little uncomfortable around this time of the year, when the temperatures rise, and by May or June, he starts getting lumps in his fur – no matter how often I comb him. Sometimes he even gets nasty and takes a nip at me while I am trying to comb.

Friends with long haired cats have the same complaints. Some recommend the lion cut, which makes the cats look like furry poodles, all shaved on their main bodies, with furry heads and feet and tails. I was even thinking that might be the solution for QC. I’ve been chasing him around with little manicure scissors and carefully cutting off knobs of fur when they appear – and then I saw the Furminator.

Someone had mentioned it once, or mentioned finding a tool that somehow cut out part of the cats fur and the cats loved the feeling. Maybe Vixen? But she couldn’t remember the name.

The Furminator has metal teeth in two sizes, and the smaller ones, I think, are razor sharp. The longer teeth are not, so you brush, nothing gets snagged, but as you brush, rolls and rolls of excess fur come rolling out. It’s kind of a miracle and it’s kind of gross, but if you keep a garbage can nearby while you brush, you can just put it directly in the trash. I Find QC napping, I talk softly and brush softly. He doesn’t mind a bit. You wouldn’t believe how much hair you can brush out of a cat with this tool.

They have their own website The Furminator and they have different sizes, from cat to dog to horse.


You can order them, I discovered, through

Qatteri Cat is happy not to have the lion cut. 🙂


March 23, 2009 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Family Issues, Pets, Qatteri Cat


  1. I have just ordered one for our cat – thank you!! She’s been shedding hair like crazy lately; there’s hair everywhere in the house! We’ve had to cancel 2 grooming appointments because it takes 1.5 hrs and the drive to and from IVH is 45 minutes each way so that’s a total of 3 hours of my day! The furminator sounds absolutely perfect!:)

    Comment by dandoon | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Dandoon – the cool thing is, QC actually likes it! The gross thing is, it really pulls a lot of hair – you won’t believe how much excess hair these furballs carry. Glad it was the right time for you, too.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. I think we need this one too… For furry Sandy (our dog) not a cat.

    Comment by Bu Yousef | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  4. Yes! Shaggy dogs appreciate it, too! There is one caution; you have to be gentle, evidently the Furminator can hurt the skin if you use it roughly.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 24, 2009 | Reply

  5. Why is he called Qatteri cat ?

    Comment by Mathai | March 24, 2009 | Reply

  6. He was an abandoned little kitten on the streets of Doha.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 24, 2009 | Reply

  7. […] by May or June, he starts getting lumps in his fur – no matter how often I comb him,” notes intlxpatr, who lives in Kuwait. Cancel this […]

    Pingback by Global Voices Online » Kuwait: Cats don’t like summer | March 24, 2009 | Reply

  8. Eventually ordered it… It arrived today. Sandy is praying for you 🙂 She looks sooo much happier.

    Oh my God the FUR… It filled a whole bucket (pressed down)!

    Comment by Bu Yousef | April 26, 2009 | Reply

  9. All prayers welcome and accepted! Thank you, Sandy! 🙂 The first time is the worst, Bu Yousef, and then if you keep it up once a week, it’s not so bad.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 27, 2009 | Reply

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