How to Choose the Best Brush for Your Cat

Getting the right cat brush for the proper purpose can make grooming your feline friend easier on both of you.

Most cat owners think that a cat brush is a cat brush, and any old brush will do the job when it comes to keeping their pet’s fur healthy and clean. But they’re wrong. The wide variety of different kinds of cat brushes and combs is truly staggering. At the same time, the fact that companies design and sell brushes and combs for so many different purposes show how much people love their pets. Consider these types of brushes when you make your next purchase.

Slicker Brushes and Molting Combs

This self-cleaning slicker brush makes cleanup a cinch after brushing your favorite feline. Hertzko

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Slicker brushes and molting combs are specialized tools for specific jobs and good basic cat grooming tools. Their short metal tines make them suitable for all hair types, but care must be taken to not scratch your cat’s skin with the tines. They are equally effective on long-haired and short-haired cats for general grooming purposes. While you can use molting combs on all coat types, they’re extremely good for long-haired cats. Most such combs feature two different pin lengths, with the longer teeth designed to penetrate the top coat to remove the undercoat and untangle knotted hair. The shorter tines help to gather the loose fur. This type of comb makes removing loose hair from shedding breeds much easier than other types of brushes or combs.

Pin Brush and Grooming Comb

This brush/comb combo serves multiple purposes, including acting as a good grooming comb when that attachment is used. Ruff ‘n Ruffus

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Pin brushes are recommended for medium- and long-haired cats, along with cats with curly or wooly coats. Their long metal pins excel at removing knots and tangles in long fur to prevent matting. A great everyday brush, the pins on the pin brush also easily pass through long fur to carefully comb and neaten the coat. A grooming comb has teeth that are farther apart than some types of combs, making it good for gently untangling knots in long-haired cats without causing breakage. Experts recommend a grooming comb with more narrowly spaced teeth for short-haired breeds, and one with more widely spaced teeth for cats with long, thick hair.

Bristle Brush and Rubber Brush

For cats that don’t like brushing, these gloves do the same job as a normal rubber brush while the cat is being calmed by petting. DEMOTO

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Bristle brushes excel when you’re grooming cats with short, sleek hair and don’t need the long metal pins of a pin brush. The soft bristles smooth the coat, bringing out the cat’s true beauty. Some bristle brushes come as a combination with a pin brush on the other side, making them an even more versatile tool in your cat-grooming arsenal. Rubber brushes for cats are for those cats that hate to be brushed or combed and will do nearly anything to get out of it. The rubber nubs massage the skin and help remove loose hair from shedding breeds. Some rubber brushes are made into specialized gloves with rubber bristles on the palms and fingers. With these, you can brush your cat while also petting it and calming it—a true win-win.