Cat combs are an essential item to groom your cat. While a variety of brushes, combs and rakes may be combined during a grooming session, cat combs are especially helpful for removing tangles, dead hair and mats from your cat's hair coat. Combing your cat on a regular basis can help to minimize or prevent hairball problems.
Grooming is an essential part of maintaining your cat's health. Like any task, having the right tool for the job at hand is crucial. With a few tips before shopping you can buy the right cat comb to make your cat's next grooming session easier!Features to Consider in a Cat Comb Design
Type and length of hair coat intended for
Size of teeth
Comfort of use
Ability to clean
Problem area comb will address (mats, fleas, general grooming)
Desirable Features in a Cat Comb
Combination of coarse and fine teeth (Belgian greyhound or greyhound comb)
Easy to use
Cat enjoys or tolerates the experience
Features to Avoid in a Cat Comb
Plastic, unless it is a flea comb.
Sharp teeth that can scratch your cat
Ideal Cat Comb Choice
An ideal choice for a cat comb for your cat is a stainless steel comb with teeth (fine, medium, coarse) that are appropriate for your cat's coat density and length. The ideal comb to use with longhaired cats and cats with dense coats is a 7.5-inch-by-one-inch comb that has both coarse and fine teeth.
Shopping & Safety Tips for Buying a Cat Comb
Always comb gently from front-to-back and reassure your cat with a soothing voice.
The best size comb to use with longhaired cats and cats with dense coats is a 7.5-inch-by-one-inch comb that has both coarse and fine teeth.
Combs that are 4.5 inches by one inch are good for all breeds. Combs come in “fine/fine,” “coarse/coarse” and “coarse/fine” teeth.
Never try to cut mats, as you may cut delicate skin instead. Instead, use a comb to pick at the mat gently with the tip until it begins to loosen up. As it starts to break apart from the coat, it can easily be combed out.
Flea combs are generally used to search for or comb out fleas. These combs are not intended for use on mats, but because of their small size and soft plastic material they can be useful to comb around the eye area on Persians and other “squishy faced” breeds.
If you have a senior cat that is sensitive to the steel combs, look for a comb that has plastic tipped teeth. This may be more comfortable next to the skin for your older cat.