Best Cat Hair Brush

With so many different types and models, it can be hard to find the best cat hair brush. What makes a cat brush the best depends on the category of brush you are talking about.

Here we are going to talk about different types of cat hair brushes. Next, we will show you how we picked our favorite in each of those categories.

The 5 Top-Rated Cat Brushes:

Editor's PicksBrand
Slicker BrushHertko Slicker Brush
Undercoat RakeThe Furminator
Grooming GloveHandsOn Pet Grooming Gloves
Rubber BrushCelemoon Silicon Massage / Bath Brush
Bristle BrushREDECKER Natural Pig Bristle Cat Brush

You mean there are different types of cat brushes?

There are many different types of cat brushes, each designed for a specific purpose. In this article we talk about 5 different types.

Slicker Brush

This is the image that comes to mind when people picture a cat brush. A slicker brush is usually shaped like a rectangle. It has fine wire bristles tightly packed together. These brushes are great for removing debris, loose hair, knots and mats out of a cat’s fur. Take care when using a slicker brush. Since its bristles are made up of wire you must be aware of how much pressure you are applying on your cat’s skin.

Undercoat Rake

These brushes are meant for long-haired cats with an undercoat. They penetrate the undercoat to break up mats and tangles from the deeper layer. As with the slicker brush, you have to take care to apply the correct amount of pressure. You also must buy a brush with pins that match the length of your cat’s fur. Too short and the pins won’t reach the undercoat. Too long and it can irritate your cat’s skin.


“Deshedding” and brushing are two different things. This brush targets the undercoat of medium to long-haired cats with a double coat. You should not use this on a daily basis, weekly is fine.

Order this grooming tool according to the length of your cat’s fur. Be sure to order the correct size. Ordering the wrong size could lead to irritation of your cat’s skin.

We don’t want to scare you away from undercoat rakes. We do want to give you the knowledge to succeed, regardless of what undercoat rake you choose. We heard of one person using an undercoat rake as a regular brush. They removed all the hair off of the middle of their cat’s back, leaving fur on only the sides and belly!

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Practice makes perfect. Watch some YouTube videos like the one below to learn your technique. And if your cat ends up bald, please don’t tell people that we told you to do it.

And now, back to the different types of brushes.

Grooming Glove

A grooming mitt or grooming glove looks like a glove (duh!). Along the glove there are bumps of different shapes. These bumps serve to not only remove dead hair, debris and tangles. They also massage your cat at the same time.

Rubber Brush

Also called a massage brush. These brushes are not only made out of rubber! Gentle on your cat, rubber brushes also remove dead hair and debris from their coat. These are great for massages and bath time. If you need to regularly bathe your cat be sure to get someone to give you your own massage afterwards.

Bristle Brush

These brushes are very versatile and you can use them on any type of coat. The bristles are often made of boar or pig hair. There are synthetic options available on the market as well. There is some difference in bristle spacing if you want to get super technical. Short, close-spaced bristles are best for short hair. Long, wide-spaced bristles work best for long hair. These brushes remove dirt and loose hair from the topcoat and stimulate your cat’s skin. It also spreads the natural oils of your cat’s fur throughout its coat. This helps give it a natural shine.

Here is a quick chart that lays it out very nicely.

You might have noticed that we checked “massages” for slicker brush. While these do stimulate the skin you must take care not to apply too much pressure. How much is too much? In our experience our cats have let us know very quickly when we were brushing too hard or approaching an area that they would rather not have combed.

Which brushes should I use?

We can’t tell you exactly what would be best for your specific situation. We can offer some basic guidelines. This is where things get fancy.

Brushes for Short-haired Cats

These breeds usually have the word “shorthair” in the name, but also include other breeds as well.

First, remove mats in the fur using a slicker brush. Then use a rubber brush or grooming glove to continue removing the loose fur. Finish the session using a bristle brush to smooth the coat and give it a gorgeous shine.

Brushes for Long-haired Cats

Here we are referring to cats with a long coat and an undercoat. Use a slicker brush to remove mats. Then use an undercoat rake to remove the dead hair from the undercoat. After this you can use a bristle brush to pamper your kitty and smooth their coat. Is your kitty is well-tempered and enjoys your grooming sessions? You can use a grooming glove or rubber brush prior to using the bristle brush.

I just want to use one brush

We understand. If you want a short and simple solution grab a slicker brush. This will remove loose hair and keep it in the brush. And our cat loves it when we brush them with it!

Will my cat like this type of brush?

Short answer: I have no idea. In our experience every cat is different. For instance, some cats freak out if you try to go near them with a grooming glove. Other cats will only allow grooming with a glove. Personality definitely plays a part in choosing a brush type. Sometimes you won’t know until you show your cat what it is all about.

And in the case of a seriously matted coat sometimes there isn’t an option. We need to do what’s best for our furry friend.

Our Top Cat Brush Picks

Slicker Brush – Hertzko Slicker Brush

The Hertzko Slicker brush is popular for its simplicity. Because of its straightforward design there is little that can go wrong with this brush. Less moving parts equals a longer lasting brush. This saves you the time, money and frustration of constantly replacing your brush.

Its bristles are firm enough to attack tangles and mats. It is also gentle enough to not harm your cat’s sensitive skin. These two features combined equal one happy kitty!

This brush is a little larger than some other brushes. However, it makes up for it in the comfortable and sturdy handle. The larger surface area is well managed. This makes longer brushing sessions easier for you.


Another popular choice is the Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush. The reason we did not choose this as our top pick is the moving parts. Some have reported that the button mechanism breaks. Once this happens you must hold the button down the entire time you are brushing your pet. This is not a comfortable position for your hand to be in while brushing.

But this did not seem like a common problem. Many people were very happy with the self cleaning model and had no issues with the button. If you think that this might be a better option for you we wouldn’t talk you out of it. We just prefer simple.

Undercoat Rake- The Furminator

As the name suggests, this brush is made to battle fur. The Furminator targets loose fur in the undercoat. It removes loose hair before it has a chance to shed. That means there will be less hair on your floors and furniture. You solve part of the problem before it even starts.

Since the Furminator removes hair from the undercoat, it can help reduce hairball formation. This is because your cat consumes less hairs during self-grooming. That’s less hair on your floor and in your kitty’s tummy.

The Furminator also is equipped with an eject button. The button releases the captured hair, making cleanup a snap! 

The ejection mechanism is a simple design. We have heard some reports that the ejection mechanism does not eject all the hair. You can remove the rest with your fingers. With a simple ejection design we anticipate less issues with mechanism breaking and causing the brush to become unusable.

Grooming Glove – HandsOn Pet Grooming Gloves

HandsOn Grooming Gloves can help groom your cat, dog or horse. Yes, we said horse. This is great if you have a multiple animal household.

These gloves have won many awards for their patented technology. This brings you technology that has been tested by multiple sources, offering you more peace of mind.

You can use the gloves wet or dry, making it great for bath time. The gloves remove hair and debris very efficiently so you can get the job done quickly. No one wants to make bath time longer than necessary.

You can also use these to massage your cat. Many people claim their pets love the feel of these gloves. This relaxes your cat and promotes bonding between you and your furry friend.

Some have claimed that their cat’s hair did not stick to the gloves and instead fell to the floor. If you read the description this is what is supposed to happen. They designed the gloves to release the hair with a flick of the wrist. This feature allows you to keep the process going as you are grooming. Some people have reported different results. Even so, you need to be aware of what claims the company is making about their product.

As with all grooming gloves, we recommend using this as part of your grooming routine and not as a stand alone tool. There are some people that only use a glove. We still like to use our slicker brush before using any grooming glove. We feel it gives a more thorough groom. Plus, we spend more quality time with our kitty.

Rubber Brush – Celemoon Silicon Massage/Bath Brush

The Celemoon Massage Brush is made of silicon material. See! Not rubber! This soft silicon will not scratch your cat’s skin. It does a great job of massaging as well as removing dead fur.

The brush cleans easily. If picking the hair out of brushes seems time consuming you will love this. Since it is made of silicon you can run the brush under some water. This removes the fur quickly and without mess.

It is also recommended to lightly wet the brush before use. This helps loose hair attach itself to the brush, making it even more effective.

What really caught our eye was the grip that this brush has. Its handle slips between your pointer and middle finger. This made it feel comfortable and easy to use.

Some did report that the loose fur did not stick to the brush. Wetting the brush might help this.

In the end, we feel this brush is great in a grooming routine. However, it is important to have reasonable expectations on how much hair you will remove. This is true with any rubber brush.

Bristle Brush – REDECKER Natural Pig Bristle Cat Brush

When we went out looking for a bristle brush we had two things on our mind:

  1. We want natural materials
  2. We want the brush to not lose too many hairs

I have a beard and use boar and badger hair brushes to shave. I’ve learned that these brushes do shed some of their hairs while they are breaking in. Lower quality brushes lose more hairs.

So when we went out looking for a cat brush I kept this knowledge in mind. Sadly, we found many reports of this exact thing happening. I began thinking that I would be recommending a “human brush” instead. There seems to be a higher quality in materials and design that I couldn’t find in cat brushes..

Then in stepped the REDECKER Natural Pig Bristle Cat Brush. What I really liked about this brush is that it is made by a brush manufacturer, Redecker. You can check out their online store here. They have been making many different types of brushes since 1935. They have years of experience to aid them in creating quality brushes.

Before being strung into the brush head, the natural pig bristles are cleaned, scoured and combed in a multi-stage process. This optimizes the benefits of the bristles and ensures a high quality brush.

Some have reported that this brush is somewhat small. Others claim it was the perfect size. Your opinion will depend on the size of your cat. If you would rather get a larger brush, browse the Redecker Online Store. While you’re there you can also pick up something for yourself.

So many options! Where do I start?

We know we gave you a lot of information. If you are looking for a place to start, pick yourself up a slicker brush. It will do a good job of removing loose fur and most cats enjoy the feeling.

If you are looking for a second step, pick up either a rubber brush or a bristle brush. These are low tech options that will easily fit into your grooming routine while also adding value to the time you spend with your cat.

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