Sunday, January 17, 2016

Best Grooming Tool is the Least Expensive

By now, you probably guessed that Editor Cat is my sidekick. And I enjoy taking good care of her.

On May 21st, 2014, I published an in-depth Paw Mane Fin article called Hairballs in Cats: Prevention, Safe Remedies, and Warnings. In it, I shared a video of Editor Cat (Kady) trying out five different grooming tools.

When it comes to hairballs (trichobezoars), prevention is key. It's like brushing your teeth.

It's been close to 20 years that I've relied on this tool – a shedding blade – for three rescue cats (so far). I'm pretty sure my man-servant purchased it from Wahl® Canada, but he can't be sure. (Shows you how much I rely on him to fetch me this and that).

Take a peek at this product in action:

Fortunately, I found several shedding blades on Amazon. Here is the link to the Wahl® Home Pet Double-sided Shedding Blade (which I believe is the closest match). 

What impressed me about this Amazon product page is the handy chart (at the bottom) which shows six types of fur and the recommended grooming tool. I know shedding blades were designed for horses and dogs (initially) but they work wonders on long-haired cats too.


  1. I've never even heard of a shedding blade. I need to look into it for the three dogs we have with non-shedding coats (Yorkie, poodle, and Dandie Dinmont).

  2. Dear Vic,

    I think you'll be pleasantly surprised how effective a shedding blade is.

    If your poodle has tight curls, though, I'm not sure it would be the ideal grooming tool. Here's a link to the Wahl recommendations for poodles:
    It does mention a "shedding blade (for heavy shedders)" though.

    Thanks for checking out my stuff, Vic. Means more than you know.

    Take good care,