Cats are self-reliant creatures, especially where grooming is concerned. However, in a surprising twist, cats take comfort in being brushed by their pet parents. Relish this opportunity for quality time with your feline friend by grooming it once or twice a week. Our experts have selected the top five brushes to keep your cats happy and their coats healthy.
This sturdy, handheld device has a comfortable, anti-slip handle and silicone loop so you can easily hang, store and transport it. The pins on this brush are bent at a 30-degree angle to ensure that they do not scratch your cat’s skin or pull its fur.
This slicker brush has durable, rust-proof stainless steel pins with protective rubber tips. They gently penetrate the fur’s surface to remove hair from your cat’s undercoat, minimise shedding, and improve blood circulation. The bristles retract at the push of a button so you can effortlessly clean the compacted pile of hair.
This is an excellent starter brush for grooming and is gentle enough to help foster a bond between you and your pet. It comes in a tasteful pink shade and would make an excellent gift for cat parents.
This rectangular brush has long, flexible bristles that glide through your cat’s fur, detangling and removing loose hairs from the topcoat and undercoat. You can use it near sensitive areas where matting occurs most frequently. It is effective on all hair lengths and safe for all breeds. It comprises durable, easy-to-clean stainless steel.
This brush is ideal for all coat lengths and is suitable for cats with sensitive skin. This device is 21 centimetres long with an ergonomic plastic handle that is comfortable to grip.
This combination cat brush has stainless steel pins with rounded tips on one side that groom beneath the topcoat, removing dead hair, skin and other debris. The other side has soft, shorter bristles that complete the grooming process by gently massaging and smoothening your cat’s coat and leaving a glossy finish.
For best results, brush entirely from head to tail and repeat this at least once a week. You should regularly clear hair from the brush and wash it with warm soapy water to maintain effectiveness.
This miniature, hexagonal slicker brush suits cats and small dogs for everyday de-shedding. Its extra-fine bristles with coated tips gently remove tangles and mats. There is an ergonomic handle for optimal manoeuvrability and comfort. It has a stylish black and violet finish. It comprises metal and plastic parts.
Sprinkling water on the silicone bristles before brushing helps to attract more loose hairs and heightens the brush’s efficacy. This device is extremely lightweight and portable.
This cat brush is a premium, ultra-soft, durable silicone that massages skin without scratching. The short, thick bristles swiftly remove up to 90 per cent of loose hair. The uniquely shaped anti-slip handle fits between your fingers. Unlike other brushes, silicone is extremely quick and easy to clean.
Countless cat brushes on the market vary in texture, size, shape and performance. Here’s a list of considerations to help you find the most fitting one for your pet.
A: Weekly or bi-weekly brushing cleans dirt, debris and external parasites off your cat’s fur. It curbs shedding by removing loose hair and minimises the hair cats swallow while self-cleaning. Brushing is great for cats with longer coats because it detangles their hair, redistributes natural oils along the fur, and prevents matting. It also clears dandruff and dead skin flakes, and the stroking motion of the bristles enhances blood circulation. As cats age, they lose energy and flexibility and cannot groom themselves sufficiently, so brushing helps keep older cats clean and feeling their best.
A: There are five main types of cat brushes. Slicker brushes are among the most popular, with their broad, slightly curved head and moderately dense pin bristles. They are appropriate for all breeds but most effective on medium to long coats. Bristle brushes smoothen coats and improve their shine. Even fussy cats enjoy soft bristle brushes. Pin brushes have sparser, pointy bristles with protected tips and are great for detangling. Double-sided brushes are multi-purpose, with pins on one side and bristles on the other. Silicone or rubber brushes are good beginner brushes for sensitive skin but aren’t very effective against tangles.