Tuesday, March 18, 2014

126 claws


So a while back I got an email from Kong asking me if I wanted to blog about one of their products. I had seen a few people do this and there often treats involved, so I said I was happy to but I have food restrictions on one of my cats so as long as it wasn't treats I was in.

A few days later a Kong ZoomGroom arrived at my door.  This made me laugh since had pretty much just finished telling you about it from the one I got in my PetBox

I figured I'd do a grooming post and once again share with you what I refer to as "Day of Beauty" when I brush, clip, and clean the cats.  Seven cats, 14 claws a cat hence 126 claws..

Setting up the equipment

This time I incorporated the ZoomGroom in and I was once again very pleased with the outcome. I've never had much success with the other two brushes on Muffin but the ZoomGroom helps take off the loose fur on her and she does not mind it in the least.  The Furminator is great for thinning the undercoat, especially on Jack, but often doesn't do much for those kitties with "guard hairs" like Eli and Twee.  I generally find that the blue handled brush did a good job on my short haired cats, but some of the cats aren't fans of it because it hits their hip/knee when brushing.  The ZoomGroom was much easier on them.  It got TONS of outer fur off Twee, which was nice.  Just the night before my husband had been patting her and ended up covered in shedding fur. That night when he patted her, nothing came off.  Now it doesn't work on every coat, so my experience on each member of The Crew was different. Some it worked wonderfully on, others not so much.

Truth be told, there is probably not even 120 here as a few of them went flying
Each kitty got a nail trim, got their eyes and ears checked out and cleaned if necessary, had their teeth checked, and any loose tartar picked off and enzyme tooth paste bushed on (I'm at the point where I don't use the tooth brush any more I just use my finger - Muffin likes the toothpaste so much that sometimes I use the brush to keep her from biting my finger in an attempt to 'eat' it)  Each one got checked over for mats as well.  I keep the small scissors on hand not to cut out any mats that might show up, but to help 'break' them by slipping the scissors in the middle of the mat and opening them up.  I try never to cut a mat off because cutting matted fur feels very very similar to cutting skin, and too many cats end up with cuts from owners who were just trying to help. If I feel the need to cut a mat, I will use the nail clippers because they pinch long before they start cutting.  Looking for mats I have to do a once over with my hands which will also allow me to catch any lumps and bumps early.

Grooming is vital to the health of your kitty. It helps you keep an eye on your cat's over all condition as well as keeping fur out of your cat's digestive tract minimizing hairballs. You want to keep grooming as positive as possible so you can continue to do it frequently. The GroomZoom might be your key to doing just that.

I get treats now.. right??  ~Muffin

Kong did send me a free GroomZoom, but the post and the opinions are mine

12 comments:

  1. That's a lot of claw tips! We're impressed that you can clip everybody's nails so well. We are a bit difficult about nail clipping.

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  2. Spa day! Spa day! Alice (the weirdo) loves spa day. She'll even sit on my lap and let me clip her nails...and gives me the 'kitten face' when I do, as if she's amazed at the whole process.

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  3. I have seen those and may need to invest.....we got a lotta hair around here too.

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  4. I am impressed that you were able to collect that many claw tips! We love the Furminator here, and also have some other brushes.

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  5. That's a great review! I have to try ZoomGroom for my boys!

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  6. Do you think it would be a good idea to invest in a GroomZoom for an aging, slightly arthritic cat who sheds entirely too much? Cabbit sheds enough to make another cat just by petting him, but he hates regular brushes/combs because they catch his back leg awkwardly, and that's the one that is sore from an old injury (happened before we adopted him, and now that he's over 10 years old he seems to be getting a bit of arthritis in that hip/knee)

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    1. Actually it sounds kind of ideal for your kitty.. Now remember, not all of my cats liked it so I can't say for certain that it will work for you, but I see them for sale on the internet for ~$5.00 I have no idea how much they sell for in pet stores, but I would imagine it couldn't be much more than that, so I'd say that would be totally worth the price to see if it worked for you.

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  7. We now are Zoom Groom fans here!

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  8. What a lot of claw tips ! We don't have our claws trimmed as we are outdoor cats, but the brushes look very nice ! Purrs

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  9. I am terrified to clip my cats nails. I'm always afraid I will hurt them, as I did once before with a previous cat. I thought I hadn't much off the tip but it bled like crazy....that was the last time I tried. I've hoped by having enough scratching spots they would be able to naturally file their nails.

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  10. I LOVE my ZoomGroom! I purr like a little train when Mom uses it on me.

    Q

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  11. We will have to check out the ZoomGroom….Beans brushes himself with the Furminatior because he loves it so much, but he would be bald if we brushed him as much as he wanted us to (-: Of course with 12 (cat) fur kids there are those that love a good spa day and those that do not…so it's always an adventure to say the least.

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