When your cat sheds all over the house, it’s more than just an annoyance. It’s also a good sign that your cat is working on a pretty gnarly hairball. Luckily, this problem can be solved with a good grooming product.
Cat’s, like people, need their hair to be brushed and combed. Ungroomed hair can turn into painful tangles, mats, and messy furniture. Not to mention, hair is indigestible, and it just so happens that cats (and some people, I guess—please don’t Google it) end up eating their hair if it gets too loose. This leads to hairballs and digestive problems, which is nasty and unhealthy.
Grooming your cat may sound like a hassle, but it’s easy with the right products. You just need to take a moment to think about the quality of your cat’s coat, and how much your cat dislikes physical attention. There are all kinds of brushes and combs for your cat, and while they all share one common purpose (reduce shedding), they’re all made for different cats in different situations.
For example, regular brushes are meant for routine grooming, but they aren’t always great for dematting your cat’s hair or pulling loose hair from your cat’s undercoat. And if your cat hates the feeling of a prickly brush down their back, then they may learn to avoid your grooming attempts entirely. Dematting tools are quicker and more effective on your cat, but they can give your cat (harmless) bald spots if you over-do it. Lucky for you, we’ve taken the time to find the best grooming products for your cat, and to explain why they may or may not suit your cat’s needs.
While you’re in a deal-with-the-cat-hair sort of mood, by the way, you might want to check out our top pick vacuums for pet owners. Good brushes will help you keep the fur from ending up on the carpet and sofa, but once it’s there it’s handy to have a good vacuum to get it out.
Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush ($16)
The slicker-style brush is severely underrated. Unless your pet’s coat is prone to outlandish, physics-defying mats and knots, a slicker brush is all you really need. This style of brush is made with fine, detangling wires that can pull loose hair and small tangles from your cat’s coat. Hertzko sells a really nice, self-cleaning slicker brush for an affordable price. It has a quick-release button that pushes the hair out of the wires to make cleanup fast and easy.
There is one downside to the slicker-style brush. Most cats love to be groomed, but there are a handful of sour-pusses that can’t stand it. When a cat doesn’t like to be groomed, you need to find a product that can do the job with speed and efficiency. You may want to consider an undercoat deshedder, which requires less frequent use. That being said, you shouldn’t assume that your cat hates brushes until you see it for yourself.
Delomo Pet Grooming Glove ($14)
Okay, hear me out. The Delomo grooming glove looks ridiculous, but it’s genuinely a good product. This glove is made from a gentle, easy to wash silicone material that won’t prick or scratch your cat’s skin. Since your hand is larger than a regular brush, the Delomo glove is useful for pulling off massive amounts of hair in just a couple of strokes — perfect for a cat that doesn’t want your attention.