When you have a long-haired cat, grooming is a daily ritual. Depending on your cat’s personality, it can be a rewarding bonding experience with your furry companion or it can be a daily moment of penitence. Whichever way you have it, there is no way around grooming when you have a long-haired cat. As such, using the best grooming tools for this endeavor can make this routine procedure efficient and hopefully, even enjoyable. In this article, we are going to tell you about the ideal tools that you can use to properly groom your long-haired cat.
Essential Guide for Grooming Tools for Long-Haired Cats
To make sure you get the best results, you must first perfect your grooming technique. When dealing with long-haired cats, the best thing to do is to begin by brushing, and then to work your way up to combing. You may want to use several types of combs depending on the length and thickness of your cat’s fur.
Shedding brushes are extremely useful because these are tools that you can use on a daily basis for maintenance. These are life savers for long-coated cat owners because they are easy to use but they do take out a fair amount of fur. Once every few days, you should perform a more comprehensive grooming session where you use several types of combs, brushes, and rakes.
One of the most problematic parts of grooming long-haired cats is dealing with mats. It is ideal to prevent these from forming because they can damage your cat’s skin. And the best way to make sure your cat does not get mats is to groom it regularly and correctly. However, even with the most rigorous of grooming rituals, mats still do form from time to time in cats with long coats.
As such, you must be ready to deal with mats, just in case you have to. One of the most common mistakes made by pet owners is cutting the mats off. This is something that I do not recommend because it is all too easy to cut your cat’s skin along with the mat. To make sure that that does not happen, you have to use a fine tooth comb. You have to place it close to the skin, exactly underneath the mat and then begin combing carefully. Small mats will come off by combing only, so you will not need to use scissors. As for the larger mats, you will have to break them down and remove them piece by piece.
Without further ado, I will tell you about the best combs and brushes that you can include in your grooming kit. The most important thing you should keep in mind when going through this list is that it is your cat that will have the final word on which product is the best. Regardless of stellar reviews and breed-specific characteristics, at the end of the day, it is all a matter of compatibility between your cat and the products you use.
01. JW Pet Company GripSoft Cat Shedding Blade
This shedding blade is an absolute must for any grooming kit because it is the ideal brush for the daily grooming routine. Its main purpose is to remove dead or loose fur, which is why it mainly works on the overcoat. Cats with long hair shed more than those with shorter coats, and getting rid of that hair periodically is essential. The GripSoft Cat Shedding Blade from JW Pet comes with a rubber handle and non-slip grip, which comes in handy if your cat moves around during brushing.
With a continuous stroke of its circular blade, this JW Pet brush will remove fur in more than one direction. This will significantly reduce your grooming time, but it will also help you be thorough with your daily brushing. I tested the GripSoft Cat Shedding Blade on Charlie and Trigg and I am proud to say that they have approved it (and they hate being brushed).
02. EZ-Groomer Cat Shedding Comb (7-Tooth)
Ideal for long-haired cats with thick fur, the Cat Shedding Comb from EZ-Groomer is extremely useful for thorough grooming. While the shape of the teeth may look unusual at first, this comb model actually has a very interesting story. Designed by a fisherman, the teeth are made in the shape of salmon teeth. He discovered this by accident when he ran an actual salmon tooth through his cat’s fur. He was so impressed with how much hair the tooth could get out that he turned it into a comb model.
The comb’s teeth are rather long, which permits them to reach into the cat’s undercoat area and remove loose fur. The tips of the teeth are dented, which gives them a firm grip on the cat’s fur. This ensures that the EZ-Groomer comb removes a significant amount of fur with each stroke. However, as opposed to other types of shedding combs, the tips of the teeth are larger and not sharp at all.
This is extremely important because the EZ-Groomer comb will not damage your cat’s skin during the grooming process and it will not cut out the fur. Instead, it removes shed fur all the way from the undercoat without cutting it. This comb comes in 5-tooth and 7-tooth models, but EZ-Groomer recommends the 7-tooth version for cats with long hair.
03. Safari Cat Comb
The Safari Cat Comb is one of the most useful cat grooming tools out there for thorough combing. It is also an excellent detangling tool because it has two sets of teeth (long and short) that allow it to take out a large amount of fur. The long teeth reach all the way to the skin and comb out your cat’s overcoat and the short teeth comb out the undercoat. This way, with one stroke you get to comb out the cat’s entire coat.
The metal teeth are rounded at the tip so they don’t damage the cat’s skin during combing. The Safari Cat Comb comes with a wooden handle that will give you a firm grip, which is very important for cat grooming. It is a basic, yet essential tool because it can be used for so many steps of the grooming process.
As the name suggests, this deshedding tool is inspired by grooming tools used for horses. The EquiGroomer has a saw-like blade, which is firmly inserted into a wooden piece, which gives it a suitable weight. It also has a colored plastic coating, which gives you a very good grip. Unlike other deshedding tools like the Furminator, which cuts out the healthy fur rather than take out the dread and loose fur, the EquiGroomer removes the shed fur by grabbing it at the ends.
In fact, it’s precisely because there is no fur-pulling that my cats responded to the EquiGroomer better than they have to other similar tools. This gives it an advantage over other cat grooming tools, but, in the end, it is up to your cat to decide how much it likes it. Keep in mind that the EquiGroomer will take out a lot of fur, which is why I recommend you use it outside or a place where you don’t mind hair flying.
This is a high-quality all-in-one cat grooming tool that does a very impressive job. Essentially, this tool a combination between a comb and a rake. It uses the long and short teeth principle of the comb, but instead of simple teeth it has stainless steel blades that are disposed longitudinally like in a rake.
While regular blades are perpendicular to the cat’s fur, with the ShedMonster, they are parallel to the fur. The overall effect is that this tool can take out a very large amount of hair…but beware – it will strip the hair more than one of the brushes mentioned above. I do not like to use it on a coat that has a nice sheen – as it will eradicate even the finest hairs.
06. JW Pet 5-Inch GripSoft Rotating Comfort Comb
This small tool will be extremely useful when you have to deal with mats. The JW Pet Rotating Comfort Comb will help you break up the mats and remove them without damaging your cat’s skin. Its fine rotating teeth give it a gentle touch, which will make removing mats much easier. You can also use it at the end of the grooming session on the entire coat because it works very well a finishing tool.
07. Kong Zoom Groom for Cats
Many readers swear by the K0ng Zoom Groom. They say how much their cats love the grooming process. My parents’ cats (who like to be groomed, like this brush, but Charlie and Trigg, my cats, did not like this brush – and they hate being groomed). The Zoom Groom isn’t supposed to pull on hair, which creates a positive experience for the cat. It is a basic cat grooming tool made out of rubber.
The rubber teeth of the brush will remove loose fur, and they give the cat a massage as well. This Kong Zoom cat grooming tool is small and colorful, which helps it provide a positive experience for owners as well.
08. Rakom Cat Grooming Tool – Three Row Rake
This is a special cat grooming tool because it has an innovative design. It is a three row rake with carbon steel teeth, which are neatly polished to ensure good fur removal. It works better than combs, but also better than other rakes that only have 2 rows of teeth. You should know that it will not remove as much hair as other cat deshedding tools like the Shedmonster, but it will perform thorough grooming on your cat.
09. JW Pet GripSoft Cat Brush
This brush from JW Pet is an amazing daily tool for cats that enjoy being brushed. As I have mentioned above, selecting the best tools ultimately depends on your cat’s preferences, but this is a brush worth trying. It has soft pins, which makes it a friendly brush for any cat. It also comes with a rubber-sheathed handle that will give you a very good grip during the process.
10. JW Pet GripSoft Soft Slicker Brush
This slicker brush from JW Pet is something definitely worth trying as a cat grooming tool for regular use. Instead of regular brushes with simple straight pins, this brush has angled pins. Like tools that have both long and short teeth, this slicker brush gets to the overcoat as well as the undercoat and helps you be thorough with your grooming. It also comes with finger fitting contours on its handle, so it will never slip from your hands during brushing.
11. JW Pet GripSoft Cat Comb for Combing
This JW Pet comb is a cat grooming essential. Combing long-haired cats prevents mat formation and it also leaves the fur looking very neat. Even on human hair, combs work differently than brushes and it is highly recommended to comb your hair regularly. It is the same for your furry companion, which is why having one of these combs in your cat grooming kit is absolutely crucial. Just like the other JW Pet tools, it has a high-quality handle that will make combing easy for you as well.
12. Zen Clipper Cat Nail Clipper
If you want to be extra safe when trimming your cat’s claws, then there is no better choice out there than the Zen Clipper. This is designed to cut only the tip of the claw and, thus, prevent any type of injury during the trimming process. It has a conical blade that can only fit the tip of the nail so that you never have to worry about cutting too high! It also has an easy-grip system and stainless steel blades, which make the Zen Clipper the ultimate claw-trimming tool.
13. Whisker Wishes Veterinarian Grade Pet Clippers
A very important part of cat grooming is keeping your cat’s nails trimmed and clean. These nail clippers are extremely useful because they offer the best possible grip. You can hold the Veterinarian Grade cat nail clippers just like you would a pair of scissors. They also have rubber-coated handles, which will make the entire process more comfortable for you. It also makes the cuts much more precise because the clipper will not slip from your hand. This is an excellent choice if you want to be extra safe when trimming your cat’s nails.
To sum up, there are a lot of options when it comes to cat grooming tools for cats with long hair. As you’ve seen with the items on this list, each of them has its own approach to excess fur removal. While each product has its advantages, it will ultimately be your cat that will help you decide which is the best. Whichever product you choose, be prepared to deal with a lot of hair of hair. In fact, if you want to put the post-grooming hair to good use, you could try your hand with spinning some cat hair yarn. This will add a creative touch to the entire grooming process and may result in you forging an even stronger bond with your furry friends.