Pet Brush Glove: a PURRRR-fect Delight!

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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!!!

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    always curious

    2 years ago

    CALL THE CAT?! ha, ha! Will try this- looks wonderfully easy and so damned useful. Will save sweeping corners of rooms where fur accumulates at an unbelievable rate. Plus the cat will love me so much more!!

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    Attmosalways curious

    Reply 2 years ago

    just used the glove today. :) My cats love it. I don't think they even know I'm brushing them, it's like the best petting they could ever get... and they get a lot.

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    silkier

    3 years ago on Introduction

    If you use a polar fleece/thinsulate type glove you can cut off the fingers without having to hem them to stop them unravelling. My local Euro shop had "thinsulate" gloves for 1 Euro a pair.

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    Attmossilkier

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Good thought. That kind of material might also generate more static electricity too, which draws and holds loose pet hair. Thanks.

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    silkier

    3 years ago on Introduction

    If you use a polar fleece/thinsulate type glove you can cut off the fingers without having to hem them to stop them unravelling. My local Euro shop had "thinsulate" gloves for 1 Euro a pair.

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    Dani65

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I really love this!!! I have tried for a decade to brush Shamrock but she is having none of it now I can pet her and brush her!! Awesome, Thank you so much!!!

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    AttmosDani65

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Your welcome, and Thank You! Hopefully Shamrock will enjoy this as much as my cats do.

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    Dani65

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I really love this!!! I have tried for a decade to brush Shamrock but she is having none of it now I can pet her and brush her!! Awesome, Thank you so much!!!

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    jcampos14

    4 years ago

    could you use one of those old flat gangster combs they seem to be already flat and the bristles short and closer together?

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    Attmosjcampos14

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I would say that if the brush fits the job, go ahead and use it. Bristles that are closer together will fill up faster so your brushing session will be shorter, before you have to empty your brush.

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    Biodynamic

    4 years ago on Step 9

    Great step by step. Congrats on being selected as a finalist. The "cat who saved the boy's life" definitely deserves one of your pet brush gloves.

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    AttmosBiodynamic

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I know, right, that cat was amazing. I almost couldn't believe it when I saw it. One of the ladies on the news channel I watch made sure to inform everyone that the child is Ok, the cat is OK, but the dog will be traumatized for life, lol. He definitely deserves something special.

    Thanks and congrats to you as well.

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    pfred2

    4 years ago on Introduction

    My cat attacks me if I try to rub his tummy. I guess the glove would be of some help with that though.

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    Attmospfred2

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    If your cat doesn't like belly rubs, I wouldn't try to force it. Clyde is a unique cat. My other cat doesn't allow it and I haven't had any other cats who like it. I like to think that he trusts me enough to expose his underside, who knows... cats are a mystery. The other cat, Jekyll loves the glove too though, just not underneath :). Have fun.

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    tkoumoudourosAttmos

    Reply 4 years ago

    all 3 of my cats love belly rubs. lol. i will for sure be trying this out.

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    Attmostkoumoudouros

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    NO WAY! That's crazy! In all my life, always having cats, none of them except Clyde have let me pet their belly. I thought he was a freak of nature :). I really hope they like it, and thanks for writing.

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    behindblueyez

    4 years ago

    Cutting the fingers off was brilliant. Not only does it allow you to massage them, if makes them more comfortable.

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    Attmosbehindblueyez

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, I agree. I tried it both ways and this way feels less like you're wearing a product to brush your cat with, and more like you're just petting your cat like you do any other time.

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    cosgab

    4 years ago

    Really cool.
    Are your cats Russian Blue? We have two of that wonderful kind.

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    Attmoscosgab

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, glad you like it. You know, technically Clyde is a domestic short hair because he was a shelter kitten and his parents had no paperwork. He very well could be a Russian Blue, but after doing a lot of research I've come to believe he might be a Korat, a Thailand breed. All I really know is that he's been my best friend since I brought him home. :) I hear Blues are very intelligent.