Do Pet Grooming Gloves Work?
It could be easy to think that they are not as effective as brushes, but actually, they work much better across the board.
Not only are they a lot more gentle than brushes on the skin and fur, but because most are rubber, they capture the hair better too. The teeth are spread further apart on the glove than they would be on a brush as well, so it is less likely to just gather at the end of their tail.
They are also much easier to clean than a brush, so next time you use it, there won’t still be loose hairs on there from the last grooming session. Gloves are also easier to move around than brushes, which is good if you struggle to work with the latter.
How Do I Use A Grooming Glove?
Gloves often make it easier for the cat to accept the grooming than brushes. If your pet is particularly nervous, it could be a good idea to introduce the glove during playtime so they think of it as a positive interaction.
Aside from this, you just rub the glove over their fur in the direction it grows. This will capture any loose hairs in the best way. Go slowly, as it is more likely to do the job than rough, animated grooming.
Always monitor your animal’s feelings when using any grooming equipment on them. If they start to become frustrated or anxious then it is good to stop.
Can I Use The Glove Wet?
You may want to use the glove during a bathtime if this is when you undertake most of the hair removal. It can also help you to work the shampoo into the fur, or keep your hands clean of dirt and scratches.
Look for a glove or mitten which can be used wet. Most will be entirely rubber so they can be dried easier. Purchasing a glove which can be used wet could also help when you are going to remove every trace of hair from the surface, as it can be run under the tap ready for next time.
When Should I Start Grooming My Pet?
Try to start this as young as possible, whether you have a cat or a dog, even if they don’t particularly have a lot of hair to get rid of. This gets them used to the sensation, so it becomes a normal part of their routine. It can also help when cats are learning to groom themselves and will reduce the likelihood of furballs. If you take your dog on long muddy walks, having a grooming glove could reduce the frequency of baths and wipes if you need to remove dried mud, which they’ll be more accepting of if they’re used to it.