Most cats don’t love sitting through a proper grooming session to deal with tangled fur and mats, so it’s important to choose a grooming brush that’ll work quickly and effectively. Even though there’s a wide variety of grooming brushes on the market, according to Jacque Opp, certified feline master groomer, the best cat brushes include grooming tools with soft silicone bristles and durable combs with steel tines that remove hair easily while being gentle on your cat’s skin. “Cats don’t have a lot of patience so I recommend being thoughtful with your brushing methods. Being effective in a short time frame makes a difference,” Opp tells Bustle.
The length of your cat’s coat will be a deciding factor when choosing a brush. For short-haired cats, Opp recommends a two-step approach. “My clients have great success with a silicone curry followed up with a metal comb,” says Opp. “The metal comb will need to have teeth very close together to be effective.” Besides being gentle on kitty’s sensitive skin, Opp says silicone brushes are long-lasting and can easily be cleaned and sanitized.
“A metal comb will be the most effective [tool] for long-haired cats,” says Opp, so you can skip the silicone brush if your pet has long fur. “I would avoid any type of rectangular slicker brush,” cautions Opp, since that type of brush can easily miss tangles.
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