Your cat requires regular grooming and brushing despite the fact that they constantly lick themselves up. Although the cat licks its own body to keep itself clean, that does not prevent it from getting its hair entangled, in knots, or mats. Therefore, to keep your cat clean, healthy, and glamorous, it is important to regularly brush them. To do so, you must first know what it takes to groom them well.
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Although there are many brushes out there in the market, each has its own purpose and it is for the owners to choose from. However, to be honest, it’d be unreasonable to get too many of them with the hopes that you would use all of them. As a matter of fact, you only really need one or two truly great brushes. To help you figure out the best ones, we recommend some of the brushes as shown below.
Grooming Your Cat the Right Way
A lot of us think that grooming a cat might be easier since they do a fair job taking care of themselves, however, that is not the case. That is why it is important to learn how to properly brush your cat just to ensure that they don’t run away, angered and annoyed.
- Make sure they are comfortable – Do not rush into grooming your pet. Not unless they are well settled and comfortable, whether that means lying around in a favorite spot or sitting on your lap is for the kitty to decide.
- Cradle them with one arm – If your cat happens to like sitting on your lap during this process, try to place your hand under their front paws, cradling ever so gently. This is to keep them feeling safe and protected, while you entangle their tangled hair.
- Calm them down – Similar to the first point, besides making them feel comfortable, they should also feel calm and collected. That’s because there is no greater difficulty than brushing an agitated cat.
- Brush toward the growth of the hair – Before beginning to brush, it is important to remember to do so in the direction of the growth of the hair, never against it.
- Apply the right pressure – It is important to apply the right pressure while brushing your cat’s hair. To ensure that they don’t get scratched or feel uncomfortable, try being gentler. Also, don’t be too light else you won’t penetrate through the knots or tangles.
- Start at the neck – You must slowly make your way down its body, rather than starting from the back or butt. This is to avoid startling them so that they don’t run away. Therefore, brush in short strokes starting from the base of the neck.
- Slowly make your way along the back – Once you’ve brushed the neck, maneuver around and start making your way along the back. Slowly, but gently run your brush down the spine and stroke in this motion over and over again. The important thing to remember is to keep the same pace and rhythm.
- Reward your cat – Upon completion, always make sure to reward your cat with a treat. This will show it that it has done a good job remaining calm and you want this to last from that point on.
- Give some space – After you have finished and given it a treat, do not pet or try to bother it with your love. Instead, give your cat some space so that it can spend some time licking away at its newly groomed coat.
Brushing How Long and Often?
While every cat is different, it is important to remember how long each brushing session should be for each cat. When it comes to long-haired cats, you should be thinking anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes every single day. This is because, with longer hair, there is more likeliness of matting, tangling, etc. On the other hand, short-haired cats need only 5-10 minutes a few times a week.
Types of Brushes
When it comes to choosing a brush for your cat, you might have seen a wide variety and of different shapes and sizes. With this, you may have wondered as to what’s the difference between them. To help you understand and distinguish between each brush, we explain the types down below.
- Bristle brush – Cats of all coats can use this brush packed with bristles. Although most cat owners use these brushes for short-haired felines, there is no real restriction on what type of cat you can use this on. In fact, these brushes are great when you’ve combed your way through the hair of your cat, and want to do the finishing stroke. Not only are the tips of the bristles smooth, but it also helps keep your cat nice and clean.
- Slicker brush – This brush makes a great tool for general grooming purposes. You can use it on cats with all types of coats, much like the bristle brush. The only thing that users should be wary of is not to press down too hard or deep, as the tips can accidentally scratch your cat’s skin. These brushes are ideal to remove knots and tangles and even in case of shedding.
- Rubber brush – The rubber brush has bristles made of rubber, so it is a bit different from the rest. Therefore, it feels a lot smoother, unlike the metal ones. So, whenever users slide this through their cat’s coat, it massages their head and skin. That, in turn, allows the oils to spread all over the coat and is great to remove tangles and molting hair.
- Flea comb – As recommended in our article on the best flea treatment for cats, these brushes are made specifically to get rid of fleas or parasites in your cat’s coat. To help capture any flea remnants or eggs, the teeth are packed together.
- Pin brush – This brush made of pins is a great tool for grooming, removing tangles and knots, as well as preventing mats. Its built allows the pins to slide through the fur and even everything out. Due to its design, these brushes are best for any cat with medium to long hair, and of wooly type.
- Grooming comb – If you are wondering how this brush is any different from the ones mentioned above, then you must know that it is specifically designed to solve the mess caused by tangled knots. Therefore, it has wide teeth with gaps in between them. So it is great for thick and long-haired cats.
- Double-sided brush – Like the name implies, these brushes are double-sided. Usually, one side helps to remove tangles, while the other softer side adds shine. Also, you can use this type of brush on a variety of coat types. Therefore, these brushes are the best for any household that has multiple cats or quite a lot of hair.
- Brush glove – These brushes are meant to be worn, as the teeth, usually made of rubber or silicone is attached to its surface. These brushes are great because you can control the pressure that you place on your cat. Also, it is simple to use because all you need to do is wear this glove and pet your cat. They are best for short-haired cats and do not serve as a detangling tool.
- Shedding brush – A shedding brush is one that’s specifically designed to brush away all the dead hair from the feline’s coat. However, for long-haired cats, it is recommended that you use this brush with a slicker brush.
- Tongue brush – To imitate the licking motion of your cat, this brush has a tongue-like shape and is made of rubber.
Sometimes it can be hard to get our cat to enjoy the brushing process. They’d rather do it themselves through licking, but we all know that is never enough to get the mats, tangles, and knots cleared. It is our responsibility as a cat owner to sit them down and ensure they enjoy the grooming process. Plus, cats love to look and feel good, so making sure we are doing our best to brush them well is vital. Refer to any of the items above for recommendations on good brushes.