What Is The Best Brush For Long Haired Cats?

what is the best brush for long haired cats

If you have a Persian, or other breed with long hair, I’m sure you’ll be wondering what is the best brush for long haired cats? Grooming is essential part of being a cat parent, especially if your fur baby has a long or semi-long coat. Neglecting to brush your cat can lead to tangles and matts.

Although cats are very fastidious when it comes to grooming themselves, they still need help. Hairballs are a common occurrence with longer haired cats, but can be greatly reduced by regular brushing.

In this post we’ll be taking a look at some of the best brushes for long haired cats so you can keep your fur baby looking neat and tidy:) Some are suitable for both cats and dogs, so your canine friend won’t feel left out!

What to look for in a brush for your long haired cat

brushing a semi-long haired tabby and white cat

Firstly, it’s important to choose a brush with long enough bristles to work through the hair and down to the skin. In addition, you may want one with fine bristles as it’s easier to brush through a thicker coat.

Also, a wide toothed comb is an essential tool for removing matts. It’s important to remove matted or dead hair, as this will not only make it easier for your cat to groom, but cut back on embedded hair in carpets.

If you fail to remove matts, they only increase in size! As a result, your poor kitty could end up with large areas of fur tangled up in a matt! If it gets to this stage, cutting it out with scissors is often the only option.

Lastly, you also need to consider the type of handle on your brush. It may seem insignificant, but comfort is essential when you’re brushing a cat for any period of time, especially if your cat is on the move!

Now you know what to look for in a brush, we’ll take a look at some of the best on offer at the moment. Remember, to choose one that suits both you and your cat.

CELEMOON Ultra-Soft Silicone Washable Cat Grooming Shedding Massage/Bath Brush

The Celemoon cat brush is made from premium silicone which is soft on your cat’s skin. It also attracts hair through static electricity, making it easy for loose hair to stick to the bristles. One buyer suggested dipping the brush in water before using as it seemed to help more hair stick to it.

I have a very similar brush and my cat loves it. Though he’s a short haired cat, you’d be surprised at the amount of hair he sheds! Don’t mistakenly believe the bristles are too big and spaced too far apart. At first glance you may wonder how it could work. However, It does a pretty good job from my own experience.

Many kitties hate the scratchy feel of metal combs and brushes, so this a nice alternative. The brush gently massages the skin, improving blood flow and removing dead hair. Celemoon claim the brush removes up to 90% of shedding hair within a few minutes.

The brush is very easy to clean, and can be washed. I find the handle comfortable and easy to grip. My cat lets me know when he’s had enough by running off! He knows the brush directly I hold it in my hand, and responds accordingly!

If your cat isn’t used to being brushed she may be nervous or scared at first. Never force your cat, as that will leave her with a negative experience, and we all know how good a cat’s memory is!

A few buyers found the brush didn’t trap the hair, and instead ended up with a hairy mess, however most found their cats loved the feel of it.

Average rating 4.4 out of 5

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Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush

Slicker brushes have short, thin pins tightly packed together. In addition, they’re angled, making it easy to pull through the coat without scratching the skin.

Hertzko claim the brush removes all tangles, matts, and knots without hurting your cat. Long haired kitties are prone to the occasional matt unless groomed regularly. This can be very uncomfortable for them, and only gets worse unless removed. Hertzgo is self cleaning making it a breeze to remove hair. You simply push a button and the pins retract into the brush head.

Retractable pins ensure they don’t get broken or damaged when stored. This could make it painful for your kitty, as damaged pins can easily scratch your cat’s delicate skin.

The handle is anti-slip and easy to grip, making it comfortable to use. Another good thing about this brush is it can be used on both cats and dogs.

A few buyers found the retractable button hard to press, and one or two found the bristles became bent, making them difficult to retract through the holes.

Average rating 4.6 out of 5

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Ruff ‘n Ruffus Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush

Ruff 'n Ruffus Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush

This self cleaning slicker brush has retractable pins making it easy to clean. You simply press a button and the hair falls away allowing you to deposit it in the bin.

You can use this brush on both cats and dogs, making it multi-purpose for your fur family. In addition, you also get heavy duty nail clippers, and a wide tooth stainless steel comb.

The comb is ideal for dematting, or fluffing out your cat’s fur after you’ve finished brushing her. In addition, the nail clippers have a safety stop so you won’t cut your kitties nails too short. Also, they come with a safety lock, keeping them closed when not in use, protecting the blade as well as your fingers!

A couple of buyers found the nail clippers weren’t included, and one complained the clippers wouldn’t open.

Average rating 4.4 out of 5

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Pet Neat pet deshedding tool

Pet Neat claim this tool removes up to 95% of dead hair and tangles from your cat or dog’s coat. They also claim you can do this in as little as 10 minutes!

The stainless steel deshedding comb is easy to clean as you simply detach it from the head. In addition, the handle is ergonomically designed, making it comfortable to use.

Also, the comb is suitable for both cats and dogs, so you can use it on all your furry friends. In addition you get 4 free ebooks on both dog and cat care. However, only one of them is about cats.

A few buyers found this tool wasn’t as effective as a slicker brush, but then it does depend on the type of coat your cat or dog has.

Average rating 4.6 out of 5

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Hertzko Pin Brush for Dogs and Cats with Long or Short Hair

hertzko pin brush for dogs and cats

This brush claims to remove dead hair, tangles, dander, and dirt from your cat’s coat. The pin heads have rounded tips to prevent scratching your kitty’s delicate skin. As well as grooming, it also gently massages, giving your cat a pleasurable experience.

The sturdy anti-slip handle makes it comfortable to hold. In addition, the brush comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

One buyer found the white tips fell off, and another found the rubber tips didn’t penetrate into the coat. Most seemed very happy with the pin brush though

Average rating 4.6 out of 5

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Pet Grooming Tool – 2 Sided Undercoat Rake for Cats & Dogs

Your cat has short, soft downy fur next to her skin. This is known as an undercoat and helps keep her warm. Long haired cats can be forever shedding hair and an undercoat rake is a great tool for removing it without damaging the coat.

The pet grooming 2 sided undercoat rake has 9 teeth on one side for removing stubborn matts and tangles. The other side has 17 teeth for deshedding and thinning. The handle is ergonomically designed to make grooming your cat easy and comfortable.

I have one of these brushes myself, and used it on my beautiful white long haired cat. She was very elderly and unable to groom herself properly, so you can imagine the matts and tangles! It worked really well, though have to admit to having the vet shave her bottom on one occasion! (the cat that is, not the vet ha ha!!)

However, I can’t guarantee it will work well for you and your kitty. Mine was so laid back she’d happily let me groom her for hours if I wanted to:) This brush is only suitable for semi-long or long haired cats, so don’t try and use it on your short hair fur family! You’re offered a money back guarantee if it doesn’t work out for you, and they claim to refund every penny.

One or two buyers found it didn’t remove matts, and tangles, but most were very happy with the results. Always bear in mind that every cat is different and some hate being groomed no matter what you do.

Average rating 4.6 out of 5

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Final thoughts

By brushing your long haired cat regularly with a rake you will get rid of loose dead hair as well as massage the skin. I’d also recommend using the silicone brush as it’s good for stimulating blood flow to the skin and even the fussiest kitty should be ok with it.

woman brushing tabby cat

So now you’ve read my reviews I hope it’s helped you decide what is the best brush for long haired cats. Always remember, just like us, our fur babies have different types and texture of hair. What may work fantastically well for one may be hopeless and a waste of money for another.

The main thing though, is no matter what brush you use, or whether you have a short or long haired cat, grooming is an important part of care. The earlier you get your cat used to be being brushed the better, and always use bribery with treats as it works in most cases!

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Wishing you a purrfect day:)
Kathy

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6 comments

  1. I didn’t know combing was such an important element in maintaining a cat’s fur and allowing them to be enabled to maintain their coats. I just assumed they would be more like dogs in that they would think you were there to hit and punish them for something. Thanks for the insight. Bob

    1. Thank you Bob:) Yes, combing is really important in keeping a cat’s fur looking healthy. Glad you found my post useful:)

  2. I am truly impressed with this post. To be able to go into such depth about cat brushes
    is quite impressive. Cats always seem to be grooming themselves so I wouldn’t have
    thought they would need brushing. I don’t think we every once brushed out cat growing
    up. Seems we maybe should have.

    You sure know your cat stuff!!

    1. Thanks Teresa:) I think it’s just that people seem to spend more time these days on pet care. I don’t remember my parents brushing our cats on a regular basis either, apart from the longer haired ones:)

  3. If I’m honest, I haven’t even looked into the type of brush that’s best suited to my own hair, let alone one for the cat. So I think I need to step my game up!

    Thanks for sharing the various types of brushes and how to select the right one. I’d be a bit apprehensive about the Pet Grooming Tool – 2 Sided Undercoat Rake for Cats & Dogs, it looks a little on the coarse side, but perhaps it’s fine if you use it gently.

    Thanks again for such an informative post.

    1. Thank you Sharon:) Yes, the undercoat rake needs gentle use! My long haired cat was fine with it, though she was quite elderly and very docile! I know what you mean about finding the right type of brush for your hair lol!:)

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