4 Tools For Removing Cat Hair (Easy)

Removing cat hair can be easy with the right tool. I tested four cat hair removal tools on two cat towers.

I used a Lilly Brush, Furminator, a lint removal tool, and an ORDORA Pet Hair Remover.

While I didn’t test the tools on a couch, the tools may work for the couch (or other fabric-covered surfaces). It’s going to depend on the fabric. PetKeen shares ways to remove cat hair from the couch without using the tools I reviewed (a tool seems easier to me than some of their suggestions but to each their own).

When I tried the tools on my clothes, I didn’t successfully remove cat hair. Using a pet hair roller seemed more manageable and more effective for clothing.

One benefit of the tools over a pet hair roller (for cat towers, couches, other surfaces with fabric) is that they will not have to be replaced like a pet hair roller that uses sticky sheets.

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I demonstrate the four tools on a cat tower in the video below.

Lilly Brush Mini Pet Hair Detailer Review

The Lilly Brush Pet Hair Detailer was the first cat hair removal tool I tested. After making a video about cleaning a cat tower, I discovered the Lilly Brush brand.

The Mini Pet Hair Detailer has more than 40,000 ratings on Amazon. And it turns out that the Lilly Brush makes other brushes for removing cat hair.

The Mini Pet Hair Detailer is a piece of plastic with a rubber blade. To remove cat hair, use downward strokes, which get the cat hair out of the carpet or other material.

I felt like I had to use a lot of pressure to remove the embedded cat hair from the tower, but it did work. And there was no chance of the material being cut or removed by the rubber.

The small size and the flexible rubber make the Detailer great for tight corners and cracks.

I didn’t test any of the other tools made by Lilly Brush. However, as you can see in the table below, they offer many cat hair removal products, including for sweaters and carpets.

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Lint Removal Tool

The lint removal tool also worked well to remove the embedded cat hair.

It was easier to use than the Lilly Brush on larger surface areas of the cat tower. The handle was sturdy and made for easy movements.

While the tool did NOT remove any of the carpet from the cat tower during this test, some of the faux fur was removed when I used it while cleaning another cat tower with faux fur.

So, there is a risk of removing fabric when using it with the lint removal tool. If you are concerned about it, test a small area first or choose another tool to remove cat hair.

Portable Lint Remover, Clothes Fuzz Shaver - Reusable Double Sided Lint Remover Travel Brush for Removing Lint Pet Hair Dust in Clothes and Furniture (2 Pack)

The FURminator for Removing Cat Hair

The Furminator is designed to de-shed your cat. The Furminator comes in a large size and a small size for short hair and long hair cats.

You can read more about the FURminator shorthair sizes here. Since I already had a FURmintor, I decided to try it out for removing the cat hair from the cat tower.

For the test, I used the large FURMinator for short hair cats. The model I have is the older style.

FURminator Undercoat deShedding Tool, for Medium/Large Cats, Short Hair

The FURminator was successful at removing the cat hair. While this didn’t happen during my test, there is a chance that the FURminator could pull some of the carpet or faux fur away from the cat tower or couch.

The FURminator did not slide across the cat tower carpet as easily as the Lilly Detailer or the lint removal tool. I felt like it was grabbing the carpet a bit and like it could snag.

What’s great about the FURminator is that since it’s designed for deShedding your cat, you can also use it on other surfaces without needing a separate tool.

The smaller FURminator might work better at removing cat hair from a small tight area than the larger model.

ORDORA Pet Hair Remover

I decided to try out the ORDORA Pet Hair Remover after seeing it advertised on Amazon. It looks like a little handheld vacuum cleaner attachment.

I felt skeptical as it seemed gimmicky, but I decided to try it out, given the number of positive reviews. And there was a choice to get it in purple, my favorite color.

Much to my surprise, it worked well to remove the cat hair from the cat tower. The roller is moved back and forth over the surface of the cat tower (or whatever). The hair is collected inside the tool, which can be opened to empty the cat hair.

Now, it’s not going to be great or even possible to use it in a tight area, given the size. The description also says not to use it on wood, tile, or other hard surfaces.

The ORDORA seems to be a competitor of the ChomChom Pet Hair Remover (which I did not try, but has many more ratings on Amazon, so maybe the ChomChom was the first tool of this style).

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Removing Cat Hair Summary

Using a tool can easily remove cat hair from a cat tower, couch, or other surface covered with fabric!

I tried the Lilly Mini Brush Detailer, a lint removal tool, the FURminator, and the ORDORA pet hair remover on two cat towers. The links are to Amazon as Chewy has a limited selection of pet hair removers. These tools may also be available at your local pet store.

These tools did NOT work well on my clothes, so I recommend the sticky sheets pet hair rollers to remove cat hair from clothing.

Removing embedded cat hair - the two cat towers I used for testing.
The two cat towers I used for testing.

The Lilly Detailer and FURminator worked the best for tight corners and cracks. Unfortunately, the large size of the ORDORA means it cannot be pushed into tight corners.

The FURminator is intended to help you de-shed your cat and remove cat hair from cat towers.

All four tools removed embedded cat hair from the cat tower. The Lilly Brush required a bit more muscle. The lint removal tool and the FURminator have the risk of removing (cutting or pulling) pieces of the fabric.

Heidi’s Recommendation

The lint removal tool was the easiest to use and will be the tool I use most often on cat towers, the couch, and other surfaces as long as it’s NOT removing the fabric.

While I already had a FURmintor, pulling it across the carpeted towers was not easy. BUT if I didn’t want to buy yet another tool, I would use the FURminator since I already had it.

The Lilly Brush Mini Detailer was easiest to remove hair in the cracks and tight corners, but the FURminator can also do tight corners. However, it took more effort to use it on the larger areas of the cat surface. A positive for the Lilly Brush Mini Detailer is that the rubber edge will not cut or remove any material.

The ODORA worked as advertised to remove the cat hair, but the larger size made it clunkier, and it will take up more storage space. I also wonder how it will hold up over time (I only used it one time to make the video).

So, I would recommend the link removal tool (as long as it’s not removing material). And the Lilly Brush Mini Detailer for tight corners or where you definitely do not want to risk removing any material or fabric. Or, if you already have a FURminator for your cats and don’t want to buy another tool, it’s going to work well most of the time!

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Heidi Bender is the writer and founder of the Joy of Cats. She enjoys sharing cat information and providing helpful cat tips. She considers herself a cat lady and currently cares for eight cats.

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