Brushes to Use for Cat Grooming
- by Rufus and Coco
All cats shed to some extent or the other, and while there are breeds out there that are considered hypoallergenic because they tend to shed less, they still do. Long-haired breeds have to be groomed more often than shorter-haired ones, but even the second enjoy the feel of having their coat brushed.
If you would like to find out what options you have in terms of cat brushes and understand what makes the difference between them, keep on reading!
5 Brushes You Can Use for Cat Grooming
This is perhaps the most common type of brush you are likely to come across. The design makes it possible for both long and short-haired cats to benefit from being groomed with them.
Slicker brushes give a certain shine to your cat’s coat, and they are also very easy to use. A good example would be our award-winning Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush, which is not only easy to use but gentle on your cat’s skin, too.
To get rid of the hair you’ve collected with it, all you have to do is to push a button slide to lift the fur and remove it so that you can continue your grooming routine.
This type of design is specifically made for long-haired breeds whose fur has a tendency to mat. Instead of pins or teeth, they are equipped with blades.
Since some of them can be quite sharp, you have to pay attention to what you are doing while using a mat breaker on your cat’s body. The main advantage to using this type of ‘brush’ is that it can remove mats without damaging the general appearance of a cat’s coat.
Also known as rubber glove brushes, these products are very easy to use. However, unless your pet tends to shed a lot, they aren’t that effective when it comes to removing a lot of fur from your pet’s coat.
On the other hand, mitt brushes are clearly more gentle compared to other varieties. Since they look like gloves, most cats tend to accept them easily since they feel like they’re being petted, not groomed.
Such combs come in various shapes and sizes, but most are outfitted with both thin and widely spaced teeth. The Rufus & Coco Detangling Comb can help collect the fur that your cat has already shed and can also assist you with removing tangles and knots that might have formed in your pet’s coat.
The comb is rugged and easy to use and offers particularly good results when used on cats that have undercoats.
This brush type comes with a unique design that allows it to collect not just dead fur but also some of the excess hairs that your cat might have on their body. Most of these brushes are equipped with a small blade and a number of widely spaced teeth. Switching between the two features is usually made easy by a button that the pet owner can click.
Another option would be to get a so-called shedding blade, but the design of such a product makes it more difficult to use on cats. Larger pets like dogs might benefit more from the use of such a tool. Shedding blades are known to remove both dead hair but also dander and dust or debris that your cat might have in her coat.
Variety is the key to a perfect grooming routine
While there are many choices when it comes to cat brushes, these products don’t cost a fortune, so we recommend getting several different designs. Many cats appreciate the unique feel that every brush type has on their body.
Some can be rougher while others can be gentler, so you can start easy, move on to a more ‘serious’ product, and then finish everything off with a comb or a mitt brush that gives your cat the impression you’re merely petting her and showering her with love and attention.
As for grooming frequency, all cats have to be groomed at least once a week. During heavy shedding periods, you might have to do it more often, especially if you care for a long-haired cat breed – once every two to three days might be better.