Brushing a cat regularly can help reduce shedding, matted fur, and hairballs.
We tested 14 cat brushes, dematting tools, combs, and grooming gloves to select the best for short- and long-haired cats.
The Andis Premium Deshedding Pet Tool is our top pick for its ability to reach deep into the undercoat and remove excess hair.
There’s a world of difference between grooming a cat and grooming a dog. Some cats love to be brushed or combed, while it can make others downright ornery. But even though the average cat is excellent at self-grooming — cats spend anywhere from 15% to 50% of their day cleaning themselves — those with long or short hair can benefit from regular brushing or combing, according to Dr. Aimee Simpson, VMD, medical director of VCA Cat Hospital of Philadelphia.
There are a wide variety of tools available for grooming a cat:
Grooming gloves and curry brushes: These help remove loose hair, dirt, and debris while stimulating circulation and distributing the natural oils that keep the skin and coat healthy.
Deshedding tools: These types of tools are used to remove excess hair from the undercoat of cats with long or thick hair. They help minimize hairballs, shedding, and mats.
Slicker brushes or dematting combs: Both of these tools are effective in removing uncomfortable tangles and knots from the undercoat.
For this guide to the best cat brushes, I tested 14 different grooming tools over a three-month period with two cats, one with short hair and one with long hair. I received editorial review samples from their manufacturers with the exception of the Furminator, Resco comb, and SleekEZ tool, which Insider Reviews purchased.
For additional expertise on grooming a cat at home, I consulted with Simpson as well as two professional groomers: Loel Miller, owner of Mobile Grooming by Loel in Walnut Creek, California, and Melissa Tillman, owner of Melissa Michelle Grooming in San Leandro, California.
Here are our top picks for the best cat brushes:
Best cat brush overall: Andis Pet Deshedding Tool
Best grooming glove: HandsOn All-In-One Bathing & Grooming Gloves
Best slicker brush: Safari Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush for Cats
Best curry brush: Furbliss Pet Brush
Best dematting comb: JW Pet Gripsoft Cat Comb
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