If you’ve got a cat, any cat, you probably should brush it on a rather consistent basis. You might say to yourself ‘But , why? Don’t they groom themselves all the time?’ You’re absolutely right, cats do groom themselves all the time. And if you have two cats they might even groom each other. While this is of course great news, there are a host of other reasons you should brush your cat, even more so if you have a long haired kitty! If you’re here, I’m assuming you know this already and you’re probably trying to make your cat as happy as possible by asking ‘What is the best brush for long haired cats?’ There are a lot of cat brushes out there for long haired cats, so it is a good question. But before we identify the best brush for long haired cats, let’s first dig into why you should brush your long haired cat and how often you should brush him or her.
Why should you brush your long haired cat?
There are a bunch of reasons you should be brushing your long haired cat, so let’s dig right into them:
- Reduce Shedding – I bet you love finding tufts of fur lying around the house on the floor just like I do! Kidding…It is rather frustrating isn’t it? Brushing your cat is going to pull some of your cats looser fur right off the body and instead of ending up on the floor or floating around in the air (where it ends up in my mouth), you can toss it right in the garbage. Simple, but a nice perk of brushing, you reduce shedding!
- Improve Hygiene – As cats get older or if they are injured, it is even more important for you to brush them. This is because they’ll have a harder time reaching certain parts of their fur to keep themselves clean. Brushing can help you remove stuff like stuck on cat litter, dirt & all sorts of other stuff your cat may have found his or her way into.
- Fur Matting – Have you ever seen a kitty with matted fur? While it doesn’t look very nice, it can also be quite painful for cats! Matting is similar to dreadlocks on a person, but not on purpose. Basically the hair isn’t kept clean so it fuses together into an amalgamated mess. Yuck! You’ll want to get rid of them as soon as possible if you do encounter them, and brushing can help you do so if you catch them early enough. If mats move far enough along you should probably go ahead and get a professional to remove them. Be very careful of using scissors on a mat, it is easy for them to shift and end up cutting your poor cat instead! If you must use scissors be sure to slide a comb (human or not) into the base of the mat before attempting to cut the mat out, this will help protect the skin.
- Hairballs – Don’t you love waking up in the middle of the night to your cat heaving/wheezing as he or she is about to hock up a hairball? If you’re anything like me, the worst part of this is wondering where you’re going to find it when you get out of bed in the morning. Most of us have stepped in one in the dark. But this is obviously not an enjoyable process for your cat either. Cats get hairballs from grooming themselves. Normally the hair passes right through the body, but when too much gets ingested at once your cat ends up with a hairball. Brushing your cat can help decrease the chances of hairballs.
- Love – I’m not sure about your cat, but mine relishes being brushed. This is a great way for you to spend some time with your kitty and have a great impact on his or her general health while you help improve your overall connection. My cats, both the short and the long hair, will hop right up in my lap and basically spin in circles while I brush them to make sure I get all the ‘good spots’ according to them. This is win win because it helps keep your place clean, your cat clean and it is pretty easy to chat with someone or catch a TV show while you do it too. While I hope your cat loves being brushed right away, some of them don’t like it one bit. I’ve experienced this where I volunteer and it does make this task quite difficult, but you should do your best to try to brush your cat even if they don’t like it. The more they trust you the more likely they’ll be to let them brush you!
How Often Should I Brush My Long Haired Cat?
While most people might not have the time to make brushing their cat part of their daily routine, brushing your cat daily is by far the best option if you have the time. Daily brushing has a lot of benefits, but most importantly it makes it easy to only spend a few minutes brushing your cat each day. The longer you wait in between brushing intervals, the more likely you are to need to brush for a longer period of time and the more likely your cat is to suffer from one of the issues I called out above. If you don’t have time for daily, do your best to brush your cat every other day or every third day. Every bit helps!
So What is the Best Brush for Long Haired Cats?
While there are of course differing opinions on the best brush depending on who you ask, the general consensus from my experience, as well as that of several thousand other people, is that The Furminator is probably one of the best long haired cat brushes on the market. The Furminator is specially designed to extract hair from long haired cats. Note there’s a short haired version too, but this link will take you to the long haired one. While there are cheaper products out there, The Furminator has a couple of benefits that make the price worth it, particularly if you’ll be using it all the time. The two key items that are the biggest differentiators for me are:
- The handle is so much more comfortable than other brushes which is very nice when you brush daily.
- It has a built push button hair removal piece to make pulling the hair out of the brush a breeze.
If The Furminator is something you don’t want to explore due to price range, you might also consider the DakPet Pet Brush which comes in around one third of the cost. You’ll note if you look at it in detail that this brush isn’t specifically designed for long haired cats, but that doesn’t stop it from also doing a great job removing gobs of fur from your feline. It works great on both my long hair and my short hair, but it isn’t as comfortable and doesn’t feel as sturdy in your hand.
Have you had a great experience with another brush you can recommend? Or would like to provide any thoughts about how you brush your cat? If so, please leave a comment below to share your story!
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