After getting baths, you'd think the cats would be consuming less fur while grooming themselves. But no! Apparently their baths were the trigger they needed to groom themselves silly and get furballs. At 6am Sammi woke me up as she sat at the foot of the bed and gave a funny meow. Felix had a distinctive "I'm going to puke" meow, so I knew what this likely meant. Not wanting to have a barf-laden bed, I grabbed her and put her on the floor. Seconds later, up came a Huge furball. After cleaning it up and going back to bed, not more than 3 mintues later I hear Raven wretching in the hallway. So I go, hurrying to the hall to try to scoot her off the rug and onto the wood floor. Up comes a little furball. But at least it was on the wood floor and easy to clean. Back to bed I go, hoping to get another hour sleep.
Obviously both Sammi and Raven need more brushing or a different de-furring technique. I groom them daily with a natural-bristle brush or metal comb, but every month or so they hack up a furball. And more often than not, it's an abrupt wake-up call between 1 and 6 am!
I've been reading about the Furminator de-shedding tool. My neighbor has one and I used it a bit on her cat. It removed a lot of fur, but I don't plan on using it on my cats. I just can't believe that it isn't damaging the coat. Everything I've read claims it only removes the loose undercoat, but I've also read and talked to people who say to use it only once a week or so. My logic tells me that if it's only removing loose fur, it shouldn't be a problem to use it all the time, so why are they hesitant to use it more often? I suspect you'd end up with a pet with a very thin or damaged coat if you used it more than occasionally.
I read several positive reviews about the Zoom Groom and decided to give it a try. It's a rubber grooming tool with massaging fingers that lift out loose fur. It comes in many colors, but ours is purple - the color of Indulgence! It's affordably priced at $7-8 at the local pet stores.
I've described our experience with it and give more pictures here: http://indulgedfurries.com/cat/products.htm#ZoomGroom It works very well to remove loose fur, and hopefully it will help prevent some of the early morning furball wake up calls. Only time will tell.