When you own a cat with medium to long hair, you know that you’re in for serious brushing sessions! But there are those who believe that a short-haired cat doesn’t need any brushing at all, and that just isn’t the case.
You might be surprised to learn that even your short-haired cat can get mats! Therefore, you should invest in a good brush for them. Since there is a plethora of brushes to choose from, we saved you a bit of time with these reviews of the top 10 brushes for short-haired cats.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Hepper Deshedding Cat Brush||
|Budget Buy||Frisco Pin Bristle Brush for Cats||
|FURminator Short Hair Cat Deshedding Tool||
|KONG Cat ZoomGroom Multi-Use Brush||
|HandsOn All-in-One Pet Bathing & Grooming Gloves||
The 10 Best Brushes for Short-Haired Cats
1. Hepper Deshedding Cat Brush — Best Overall
|Brush type:||Pin brush|
|Material:||ABS plastic, stainless steel|
|Size:||7.5 x 3.15 inchesv|
The best overall brush for short-haired cats is Hepper’s Deshedding Cat Brush. It’s perfect for short-haired cats because it has stainless-steel pins at a 60-degree angle, which prevents the pins from scratching the skin. This is further assisted with each pin being covered by a rubber tip, which prevents scratching and can feel like a pleasant massage.
The brush has a button that when pressed, retracts the pins, making removal of hair from the brush a breeze. It’s also waterproof for easy cleaning.
The only issue is that the handle is not ergonomic and might slip in your hand while you’re brushing. But short-haired cats don’t need that much brushing, so this might not be an issue.
At Excited Cats, we’ve admired Hepper for many years and decided to take a controlling ownership interest so we can benefit from the outstanding designs of this cool cat company!
2. Frisco Pin Bristle Brush for Cats — Budget Buy
|Brush type:||Pin and bristle|
|Material:||Plastic and rubber|
|Sizes:||7.09 x 1.97 inches (mini), 9.26 x 2.76 inches (large)|
Our budget buy pick is the Frisco Pin Bristle Brush for Cats, mainly because you get two brushes in one! One side is a pin brush with rubber tips, and the other side is a bristle brush designed to smooth the coat and distribute the natural oils. Both sides work well for a short-haired cat.
The problem with this brush is that the pins are spaced far apart, so they don’t always remove excess hair.
3. FURminator Short Hair Cat Deshedding Tool
|Material:||Plastic and stainless steel|
|Sizes:||8.75 x 5 inches|
We recommend the FURminator Short Hair Cat Deshedding Tool as a choice pick. While this isn’t exactly a brush, it similarly helps with the grooming process. Short-haired cats tend to shed more than you might think, so using this deshedder can really cut back on the hair floating around in your home. It has also been designed specifically for cats with short coats.
The metallic edge is curved slightly to conform to your cat’s body, and the handle is ergonomic for a comfortable grip. The main issues with this deshedding tool are the price, and while it does effectively remove excess hair, the hair tends to fly all over the place during use.
4. KONG Cat ZoomGroom Multi-Use Brush
|Brush type:||Rubber brush|
|Size:||4.5 x 2.75 inches|
KONG’s Cat ZoomGroom Multi-Use Brush is a rubber brush that is flexible and gentle and can act both as a massager and brush to remove loose hair. It’s made with rubber, so it can attract loose hair while you’re brushing, and the massaging effect helps condition the skin.
But it’s a curry brush, meaning it doesn’t have a handle and might be difficult for some people to hold while grooming. Additionally, it can be difficult to clean.
5. HandsOn All-in-One Pet Bathing & Grooming Gloves
|Brush type:||Grooming gloves|
|Sizes:||Junior, small, medium, large, x-large|
The HandsOn All-in-One Pet Bathing & Grooming Gloves can help owners of short-haired cats that might not like being brushed. Your cat will simply think that they are getting amazing pets while you brush them, as it also provides a gentle massage. You can use these gloves on your cat while giving them a bath (if your cat likes baths), and they can easily reach areas on your cat that might normally be difficult to access. They come in five sizes.
Unfortunately, since the hair doesn’t stick to the gloves, the hair that comes out while brushing tends to fly off everywhere. Also, the nubs on the gloves are more of a hard plastic, so if you press too hard, it might hurt your cat.
6. Hartz Groomer’s Best Slicker Brush
|Size:||9 x 3.25 inches|
The Hartz Groomer’s Best Slicker Brush features a coating on the tips of the pins, so it’s gentle on your cat’s skin. The pins are close together and extra fine, so it’s effective at removing any mats or tangles. The handle is ergonomic, making it easy to hold and control, and the size of the brush is perfect for cats. Finally, the shape of the brush enables you to get into difficult-to-reach areas on your cat, such as the face.
However, the coated tips are small and fall off easily, so it might be uncomfortable for some cats.
7. Frisco Metal Dog & Cat Comb
|Size:||7.49 x 1.4 inches|
While not exactly a brush, the Frisco Metal Dog & Cat Comb is an effective tool for brushing your short-haired cat. It’s dual-sided with wide teeth on one side and narrow teeth on the other, and the teeth have rounded tips, so it’s less likely to hurt your cat. It is durable stainless steel and can help remove mats and any dirt or debris in your cat’s coat.
The only issue is that if you have a kitten or tiny cat, you might find this comb to be on the large and heavy side.
8. Safari Complete Cat Brush
|Size:||6.5 x 3 inches|
The Safari Complete Cat Brush is a slicker brush that has a combination of nylon-coated, rounded-tip plastic bristles and traditional plastic bristles. It helps remove any mats and tangles but will be comfortable for your cat. The bristles help distribute natural oils and effectively remove excess hair. Finally, the handle is ergonomic and doesn’t slip out of your hands.
However, the brush isn’t always effective at removing excess hair, and any hair in the brush tends to be challenging to remove.
9. ConairPRO Pet-It Boar Bristle Brush
|Material:||Boar hair and plastic|
|Size:||16.75 x 8.25 x 6 inches|
ConairPRO’s Pet-It Boar Bristle Brush doesn’t have a handle, but rather a grip that slips between your fingers, giving you better control of brushing your cat. It also mimics the act of stroking your cat, which should make the experience more enjoyable for you both. The best parts of this brush are the boar bristles, which are known to work well at distributing natural oils and smoothing fur.
This brush has 50% boar bristles and 50% synthetic fibers, which will give your cat a shiny coat. However, the problem with this brush is that it’s fairly small and might be more comfortable for people with small hands. Also, the bristles are stiff, and getting hair out of the brush can be difficult.
10. Catit Senses 2.0 Self Groomer Cat Brush
|Brush type:||Self-grooming brush|
|Material:||Plastic and stainless steel|
|Size:||5.2 x 3.8 x 2.3 inches|
Catit Senses 2.0 Self Groomer Cat Brush is a departure from regular brushes. This one is called a self-groomer because that’s precisely what it is. You can place this brush on the corner of a wall or furniture (at cat height, of course), and your cat can rub themselves on it whenever they want. It’s attached with either adhesive strips or more permanently with screws, and there’s a separate compartment for catnip for added attraction. It’s also quite easy to clean.
The problems are that the bristles aren’t that soft and might be too hard for some cats. Also, some cat owners didn’t receive the adhesive strips or screws to attach it. For those who did receive the adhesive strips, it didn’t always stay up for long.
Now that you’ve gotten a few ideas about the brushes available for your short-haired cat, let’s go over a few pointers that should help you with your final decision.
Best Types of Brushes for Short-Haired Cats
Becoming familiar with what kind of brushes work best on short coats is a good idea. A soft, slicker brush used once a week works well, but ensure that the bristles aren’t too long or likely to scratch your cat. Also, be sure to use it gently to reduce the chances of hurting your cat.
Bristle brushes are also recommended for smoothing the coat and distributing the natural oils, which will make your cat’s coat shine! You can also invest in several other tools, such as a deshedder or a rake if your cat is prone to matting.
Go With What Your Cat Likes
Figuring out what kind of brush works well on your cat’s coat and what they actually like is crucial to know. Your cat might prefer a bristle brush over a slicker but maybe only a specific type of bristle brush. You might need to make multiple purchases until you find the brush that doesn’t make your cat run away when you bring it out.
Getting Your Cat Used to Brushing
If you feel that you must battle your cat whenever it’s time for a brushing, you’re not alone. Starting a grooming routine when they are a kitten is best, but this isn’t always possible.
Start by showing them the brush and letting them smell and even play with it. This way, it isn’t a strange item but something familiar. Try gently brushing them when they’re curled up on or next to you, which should feel similar to a gentle stroking.
If you encounter a tangle, gently ease it out—this is where a cat comb or rake can come in handy. You can add conditioner to the mat if it’s stubborn, but never use scissors! Some cat owners have accidentally cut their cat’s skin, so you’re better off taking them to a groomer if mats are an issue. This is also a sign that they should be brushed more often.
Finally, offer praise and treats after a good grooming session. Add in nice cheek and chin scratches while you’re at it!
Our overall favorite brush is Hepper’s Deshedding Cat Brush. It has stainless-steel rubber-tipped pins, which are perfect for short-haired cats, and you just press a button for easy cleanup.
Frisco’s Pin Bristle Brush for Cats gets you two brushes in one—a pin and a bristle brush—for an affordable price. Finally, the FURminator Short Hair Cat Deshedding Tool is great for being incredibly effective at removing excess hair from short-haired cats.
We hope that these reviews have led you to a brush that works out well for you and your cat. Grooming a cat, even a short-haired breed, is an essential part of being a cat parent, and it can even be a great bonding experience!
Featured Image Credit: Africa Studio, Shutterstock
- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Brushes for Short-Haired Cats
- 1. Hepper Deshedding Cat Brush — Best Overall
- 2. Frisco Pin Bristle Brush for Cats — Budget Buy
- 3. FURminator Short Hair Cat Deshedding Tool
- 4. KONG Cat ZoomGroom Multi-Use Brush
- 5. HandsOn All-in-One Pet Bathing & Grooming Gloves
- 6. Hartz Groomer’s Best Slicker Brush
- 7. Frisco Metal Dog & Cat Comb
- 8. Safari Complete Cat Brush
- 9. ConairPRO Pet-It Boar Bristle Brush
- 10. Catit Senses 2.0 Self Groomer Cat Brush
- Buyer’s Guide