Hello everyone. It's spring time again! No more miserable, shut up in the house, excessively cold days. The sun is out, weather is great, and there's Cat Hair everywhere! My two cats, Jeckyll and Clyde, are shedding their winter coats and very actively dispersing it all over the house. Not just hairs but big fuzzy balls of it.
Neither one of the two will sit still for the brush, but they love, love, love to be petted and scratched; so I set about looking for a pet brush glove to groom them with. I found that there are several to choose from but none that I really liked. They were mostly hard plastic that straps to your hand or big fat Mickey Mouse looking gloves.
Well, I just can't do the Mickey Mouse thing so I decided to save some money and make a brush glove that I liked. So, I hit the local Dollar Tree store and walked out with all my supplies for 3 bucks.
This project is quick, easy, inexpensive and best of all, it works great. It probably took an hour plus dry time to complete and is great for cats and dogs alike.
So, lets get started.
Step 1: What You'll Need
Only a few things needed for this project:
An inexpensive oval brush and a rectangular one. They need to be the kind that the bristles are attached to a flexible rubber pad, not the kind that the bristles are attached directly to the handle. I bought these from The Dollar Tree for a buck a piece.
A set of glove that you like, also from The Dollar Tree for a buck.
Plasti-Dip which can be found at your local hardware store (I already had some)
Scissors, and a pair of pliers
And, optionally, a needle and thread (if you want to cut the finger tips of the glove off)
Step 2: Dissasemble the Brushes
The bristles of your brushes should be attached to a flexible rubber piece. You will need to remove those rubber pieces from the handle of the brush. I can't really tell you the best way, be creative, it shouldn't be very difficult. I used a pair of pliers to brake the brush plastic.
Step 3: Cut Palm Brushes
Take the oval brush and lay it across your palm. Make a note of how much needs to be cut off on either end so that it will fit the palm of your hand. Cut the excess off.
Next, with the brush on your hand, make a note of where to cut across the center where your palm bends. Make the cut and trim each piece to fit with a little gap between them.
Step 4: Cut Finger Brushes
Take the rectangular brush and cut it in half long ways. This width should be just wide enough to lay on the face of your fingers, if not trim a little more.
Next, measure and cut smaller pieces that will fit in between the joints of each finger. You should have enough brush to cut a second row if you want to, I only made one row.
Step 5: Trim Down the Bristles
With the pieces all cut but not yet attached to the glove, trim down the bristles with scissors. Trim them according to the length of your cats fur. My cats both have short fur so I cut them rather short.
Step 6: Transfer and Secure Brushes to the Glove
Now that all the brushes are cut to fit your hand, you can attach them to the glove. I tried a few different glues (contact cement, super glue gel, etc.) and found that Plasti-Dip worked the best.
Turn each piece over and spread a generous amount of Plasti-Dip on the backs of each piece. Put your glove on and position each piece in its place, gently pushing down to push some (glue) into the fabric of the glove. Wait for about 5 minutes or so to allow the (glue) to set up a little, and the you can carefully take the glove off and let it cure over night.
Step 7: Check for Stability and Flex
Once the Plasti-Dip is dry, put on your glove and flex your hand. Check to make sure the brushes are secure and that you can close your hand partially. If any adjustments need to be made, it's ok to pull off brushes and re-glue them. The Plasti-Dip will stick nicely to itself.
Step 8: (Optional) Cut Off Finger Tips
This is an optional step. I cut the finger tips off so that I could still massage those ,oh so important, spots like behind the ears and under the chin. If you do this you will want to stich the seams of the cuts so that they won't unravel.
Step 9: Give Her a Test Run
Go ahead and call your kitty over.... (RIGHT!!!) Ok, go sit down by your kitty and give it a try. You can see in the picture that Clyde is definitely losing his winter coat. Enjoy!!!