What’s Your Favorite Cat Brush?

| July 17, 2014 | 18 Comments

What’s Your Favorite Cat Brush?

Originally published Dec 20, 2012

I get asked all the time what our favorite cat brush is.  Charlie and Trigg hate being brushed, so I don’t have an answer, really.  So I wanted to re-run this article to see what you guys have to say.

We have reviewed many cat brushes. I am not sure if I have a favorite – some do some things that other don’t do.  We were recently asked to review the Furminator, but I declined because although the Furmintor lives up to it’s name, it also pulls out/cuts the hair of a cat’s coat that makes it shine.  I remember we got tons of fur off Caymus using it, but afterwards he looked like he was sick because the shine was gone.

But if you don’t care about that look then the Furminator is your answer.

The Shedmonster is much like the Furminator – I liked it, but still pulls out/cuts off the fur with the shine on it.  I have included a link to our review and a video below too.

I do know that many readers like the Kong Zoom Groom For Cats.

I picked up the Tangle Teezer, which is a human brush, at CVS Pharmacy – Charlie LOVES it – but it doesn’t get a lot of hair off.

Here are brushes we have reviewed:

Rakom Cat Brush – Read our review or buy it here

JW Grip Soft Cat Brush – Read our review or buy it here

JW Pet Gift Soft Slicker Brush – Read our review or buy it here

Shedmonster – Read our review or buy it here

JW Pet Cat Comb – Read our review or buy it here

JW Pet Shedding Blade for Cats – Read our review or buy it here

Safari Cat Comb Review – Read our review or buy it here

What is your favorite cat brush and why?  Please leave comments below and be sure to include:

  1. Brand of cat brush, i.e. JW Pet
  2. Model of cat brush, i.e. Slicker Brush
  3. Price you remember paying for it – or link to where one can find it online
  4. Why you like it for your Ragdoll cat or if you don’t have a Ragdoll – what is their coat like and why do you like it?
  5. Can’t decide on just one?  That’s fine – list as many as you’d like.
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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Marilia says:

    I love the videos! Thanks to share!

  2. Kate M says:

    For my boys, it’s definitely the Kong Zoom. It gets a ton of fur – and they’re happy and purring the whole time. (Although it’s kind of a pain to brush them while they’re flopping happily on the floor.)

    I finish it off with one of the combs with two types of tines just to catch the loose fur that’s left and to make them look pretty! (I got the comb at a pet store, it was around $10.) The comb works for the behind area, too. (Although they really don’t like being groomed there.)

  3. Jenny says:

    OH! I really want to try it out. Thank you for sharing! How often do you groom them?

  4. Jaime says:

    A scalp brush, they love it.

  5. Anne watts says:

    Hi,
    We do use the furminator. I have 2 ragdoll boys, 1 v big! I think its gentle for them and does get all the dead fur out. We use a zoom on our moggy and find she likes the massage feel of it.
    Anne, Coco, Teddy and Ollie. Xo

  6. Jaime says:

    http://www.goodolddaysstore.com/image.html?prod_id=158&mode=gallery

    The bamboo is better than plastic, less static and a quick spritz of conditioner to calm kitty fur dried out in the winter.

  7. Donna says:

    We are very proud to say that we are now owners of our precious floppy cat. Unfortunately, he does not like being groomed and I have tried a few brushes the only one I can get near him is the zoom groom, which does get a lot of hair off but you need to run your hand over where you have brushed as it also leaves some loose on the top of his fur.

  8. Teresa says:

    My 3 kitties’ favorite brush is one of my old brushes that has wire bristles that have a soft point on them. Began using it when they shied away from the kinds like the furminator because it seemed to really pull and tug on their hair. Brush them occasionally and they have never had any mats or hairballs so far, and they see the experience as a time when they are getting loved even more.

  9. Dementia Boy says:

    This is my favorite grooming tool for long-haired cats:

    JW brand GRIP SOFT ROTATING COMFORT COMB

    It’s available in various lengths and textures ($6-$8). I buy the 4″ coarse, because I don’t want to run into a tangle with a fine-toothed comb. Ouch.

    It’s amazing–and somewhat embarrassing–how much fur this pulls out. I shouldn’t say “pull,” because it doesn’t pull at all. It *gathers* a lot of fur. The teeth are long enough to get to the bottom of a Ragdoll’s coat. (I don’t recommend this for short-haired cats.)

    I use flea combs and/or tiny slicker brushes on the cats’ heads, armpits, and hard-to-reach places. I follow the combing by wiping down the cats with warm, distilled water to remove loose hairs; otherwise, I’ll wake up to furballs.

  10. Patti Johnson says:

    Shedmonster wins in our home! Pink Sugar lurves to be groomed with it and it works great! 🙂

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂

  11. marydean says:

    Presently we are loving the safari cat comb. It works great without tugging a lot. Gets out he excess hair and the girls really seem to like it more than a slicker brush. Both kitty’s seem to like being brushed lucky me ….

  12. Patricia McDermott says:

    thanks for posting these again. i never thought about that with the “furminator” but you are right. i only use that on my long haired cat and i was noticing that my other two had shinier coats. it seems to make him have like dandruff too so it is probably scraping his skin. his hair is like cotton candy so it mats easily even when i brush him everyday. he likes to be brushed but he doesn’t like the mats being pulled on.. of course. does that “shedmonster” have teeth on it or just the blades? i might try that.

  13. Patricia McDermott says:

    i love that “safari cat comb” video. charlie looks like a king on his throne. he’s so gorgeous!

  14. Dee Scherzer says:

    I purchased many rakes and combs for our Bi-Color Ragdoll. We were never totally satisfied they did the best job for Milo’s thick, dense fur. Well, I finally went back to Amazon & found the Oster undercoat rake which thins out the undercoat without damaging the outer coat & does not cut Milo’s skin. Also, this tool was great to work on his mats which we failed to comb underneath until we found many mats. We felt like bad ‘parents’! The link to this tool: http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=oster%20cat%20rake&linkCode=ur2&tag=antioxidantfruits-20&url=search-alias%3Daps&linkId=YNSK7QLY43PSNZC2
    This rake is made of stainless steel & will last for many years to come!Well worth the money!!

  15. Karen Hughes says:

    I’ve tried many, many brushes and combs on my Ragdoll, Riley. He would run away from me when I pulled out the metal combs/brushes. The plastic combs/brushes were not effective. We decided to try the Shed Monster for cats. We started out by setting it by him, allowing him to play with it. We worked really hard to turn grooming time into lovey time. Now, when he sees the Shed Monster he flops on the floor and begs to be brushed. The device doesn’t seem to hurt him like some of the metal brushes did and it works great! We groom at least once a week, but in the late winter the need increases to 3 times a week until he has lost his winter coat.
    There is a larger dog version available, we use the smaller device, 9 dollars at Walmart.

  16. strikersmom says:

    I have a new favorite brush for my large Ragdoll boy. He gets matted underneath so easily, and his armpits are the worst. But it’s such a small, hard to reach, and tender area. I was about ready to invent my own tiny slicker brush, when I found this: the Chris Christensen Mark X-tiny slicker brush. It has a 1.5″ x 1″ head, made of wood, in Germany I think. Not cheap but I don’t think I’ll need to repurchase anytime soon. I use this only on his problem areas.

    For overall grooming I use a rotating pin comb and a little spritz of Jerob anti-static spray. My boy does NOT like being brushed, so I’ve tried many things., and these are the products that work best for us right now. 🙂

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