With 4 dogs and 6 cats, pet hair sometimes seems to be everywhere. As a former groomer, I know the way to keep it under control is by regular brushing. If you take a trip to the grooming aisle at your local pet store, you’ll see more than just brushes. Newer and more effective tools have come on the market including the ShedMonster, a professional shedding tool. I was contacted by ShedMonster about doing a review and they sent me 2, one for short-haired pets and 1 for long-haired pets.
When they arrived and I looked them over, they reminded me of the rakes and dematting tools I used to use in the grooming shop. These are tools we used all the time to remove excess hair and matts. They worked well, but you had to watch, sometimes it didn’t take too much to scratch the dogs skin or even cut ourselves with the dematting tool. And we didn’t use them on cats, they definitely wouldn’t appreciate it.
The ShedMonster is made differently with no sharp edges. I tested it on the skin on my arm to see if it scratched when used. I applied more pressure than you would need to when using it to remove loose hair. While I could feel the pressure, it wasn’t unpleasant and it didn’t leave a scratch, not even any lines.
Next I tried the ShedMonster on several of my pets- Ricochet, my smooth coated Jack Russell, Mellie, my short haired Springer Spaniel and Omar, my long haired cat. I used it on each of them for about 5 minutes to see how much hair it would get off each coat type. I got about the same amount of hair off of each of them. I was actually surprised because I didn’t expect the ShedMonster to work that well on Ricochet with his smooth coat. None of them minded having it used on them, especially Omar who tends to run from brushes so it must have felt okay.
The last one to get the ShedMonster tested on them was Malarky. Malarky is a little tomboy dog who seems to love being wet and dirty. She’s a rough coated Jack Russell who really needs her coat stripped so she looks like one. Because of her love of water and dirt, she tends to get matted. Malarky’s hair mats in cords rather than clumps. I found the ShedMonster worked well on areas that were tangled and slightly matted, but in areas that were a little more matted, it didn’t work as well at getting mats out. I ended up switching over to my slicker brush and comb.
+ Skin safe. I found the design makes it hard to scratch your pets skin even if you get a little over zealous in your grooming.
+ Works on all types of hair. It did as good a job removing hair from my long-haired cat as it did removing it from my short-haired dogs.
+ It seemed to do a good job of removing the loose hair, even on my smooth-coated dog.
+ The Zoo Crew liked it. Half the battle of grooming is having a pet that lets you. None of my animals were bothered by having the ShedMonster used on them, in fact, they seemed to enjoy it!
– Didn’t notice much difference in using the ShedMonster for short hair and the one for long hair. (This may be a non-issue now as I don’t see an option to purchase one depending on hair type on their own site, although both types are available on Amazon. It looks like it may just be the one.) I used each ShedMonster on my different pets to see if there was a difference and I really couldn’t see one. In fact, I thought the one for short hair worked better on my long haired cat.
– While it worked fine on smaller mats, I didn’t have the same luck with larger ones.
I liked the ShedMonster and will continue to use it especially for my cats who aren’t very fond of being combed.
You can purchase the ShedMonster directly from ShedMonster, although I only see an option where you have to order it with the Free grooming kit which requires an additional shipping charge.
You can also find it on Amazon without the additional grooming kit.
Have you tried the ShedMonster? Leave a comment letting us know what you thought of it.
Disclaimer: I received a sample for use in my review. The review of this product is the opinion of me and my pets. I received no compensation for my review and receipt of this product did not influence my review. The review may contain affiliate links for which I may receive compensation when you make a purchase from the site linked to in the review.