Tiger Cat vs. Dust BuffaloHaving pets often attracts small, innocuous creatures called dust bunnies. You’ve heard of them, right? They’re those fluffy little creatures who burrow under furniture and reproduce faster than one can rid the house of them. We have a bigger problem: a nuisance herd of wild, roaming dust buffalo.

DUST BUFFALO: WHAT ARE THEY?

Wild dust buffalo reproduce most prolifically in spring and fall when their diet of Newfoundland fur is most plentiful. They form stable clans of as many as 30 individuals with home ranges of 175 to 300 square feet. Their habitat includes under-table grazing areas, corners sheltered from strong winds, and dog bowl wading pools where they wade in to satisfy their thirst. Only known predators are the insatiable Shark vacuum and the pouncing orange tiger cat  … until now.

THE HERD GETS DEFURRED

ShedMonster LogoA new species called the ShedMonster has since arrived on our prairie and disrupted the herd. This pet de-shedding tool is comprised of two subspecies, ShedMonster for medium to long coats with longer teeth and a deeper bite, and ShedMonster for fine, short coats with short, close teeth (Amazon affiliate links).

Our ShedMonster feasts on the same Newfoundland dog hair that makes up the dust buffalo’s diet, but collects its food at a far greater rate, thus thinning the herd – and fast. This photo shows the ShedMonster’s full harvest from its host Newfoundland dog.

Newf vs. ShedMonster

FOOTAGE OF THE SHEDMONSTER IN ACTION

The ShedMonster’s rounded teeth are designed to prevent scraping of the host’s skin while inside blades trim the nutritious undercoat free. Because this tool can be a bit ravenous, a gentler touch prevents pulling, but this is clearly a successful grooming tool for long-haired dogs and cats.

SHEDMONSTER BREEDS DIFFER IN APPETITE

ShedMonsterWhile the long-hair ShedMonster effectively reduced our herd of nuisance dust buffalo, beware introducing the short-hair subspecies to your pet-friendly ecosystem. We find it lacks the same efficiency in herd reduction. (See Cat Chat Caren’s ShedMonster Review for an experience similar to our own.) Perhaps with the evolution of future generations, the short-hair subspecies can grow to be as beneficial as its long-hair cousin, but that time has yet to come.

INTRODUCE THE LONG HAIR SHEDMONSTER TO YOUR HERD

If you’d like one of your very own, you can find the ShedMonster on Amazon.com and PetSmart.

Note: ShedMonster has provided us with a long and short hair grooming tool, free for review. The opinions stated herein are unbiased and based strictly on personal observation during hands-on use.