Best* Cat Brushes

Whether it’s to maintain their coat or cut down on shedding, most cats need a good brushing at least once a week. Here are some tips on how to find the best cat brush for the job.


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Help make grooming your cat as easy and hassle-free as possible with the right tools. Here are Petco’s pet parent customer’s most frequently purchased cat brushes.

Well & Good Black Bristle Cat Brush

Best Overall:

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Black Bristle Cat Brush

This one is our ultimate best-seller, and for good reason—its bristles are soft enough for use on short-haired cats but also long enough to get deep down if you have a long-haired feline. It’s also great for multiple cats with different coats. This cat hairbrush is a great tool for getting rid of excess fur, dirt and dander and distributing oils.

  • Brush is 8-inches long and 2-inches wide
  • Ideal for all cat coats
  • Soft bristles
  • Promotes oil distribution
  • Sleek black and gray design

FURminator Long Hair deShedding Tool for Large Cats

Best for Shedding/DeShedding:


Long Hair deShedding Tool for Large Cats

When used as directed, the FURminator makes getting rid of your cat’s undercoat quick and easy. It has a stainless-steel blade that bypasses the topcoat and gets down to the undercoat. This cat shedding brush has a curved edge to conform with your pet’s body, and a comfortable, ergonomic grip. It also has a skin guard to help protect your pet, and a FURjector button for easy cleaning.

  • Standard size
  • To be used on large, long-haired cats that weigh more than 10 lbs.
  • Designed for comfort for both you and your pet
  • Soft grip for easy use

FURminator Short Hair deShedding Tool for Large Cats

Best For Short Hair:


Short Hair deShedding Tool for Large Cats

Don’t think FURminator forgot about our short-haired kitties. Even though short-haired cats tend to shed less than their long-haired counterparts, they still need to get rid of that undercoat. This cat deshedding brush makes it easy.

  • Standard size
  • To be used on large, short-haired cats that weigh more than 10 lbs.
  • Designed for ease of use

FURminator Long Hair deShedding Tool for Small Cats

Best for Long-Hair:


Long Hair deShedding Tool for Small Cats

Our itty-bitty kitties can surely shed a lot of hair. This version of the FURminator is more compact for easier use on petite felines. The smaller design allows for more angles, so you can remove as much undercoat as possible.

  • Comes in Small, Medium and Large
  • Hassle-free design makes it easy to put on
  • Side straps are adjustable for just the right fit
  • Red and black colors

Well & Good Grooming Glove for Cats

Best Glove Style:

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Grooming Glove for Cats

If your feline hates being groomed, this may be the perfect solution. This glove comes equipped with silicone bristles—just slip it on and pet your cat. They’ll enjoy the extra snuggles, and you’ll help to reduce the hairballs sticking to your sofa. The Well & Good Grooming Glove can be used on either hand and wet or dry—this is a great tool during bath time. It helps remove dirt and creates lather.

  • The glove is 9.45-inches in length and 6.9-inches in width
  • Soft, silicone bristles for gentle grooming
  • Fast drying
  • Easy-to-clean
  • Found exclusively at Petco

Well & Good Black Cushion Slicker Cat Brush

Best Slicker Brush:

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Black Cushion Slicker Cat Brush

Well & Good makes its fourth debut on our list with a sleek slicker brush designed for all sizes and coats. It helps gently remove dander and loose fur, while distributing oils and giving your cat’s coat a smooth, thicker appearance. Slickers are a favorite among pet parents, and this Well & Good slicker is no exception.

  • This brush is 7-inches in length and 3.5-inches in width
  • For all coats
  • Stimulates skin
  • Great for sensitive coats

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FAQs About Cat Brushes

When it comes to determining the best cat brush, it’s important to factor in the condition of your cat’s coat. If they have sensitive skin that gets easily inflamed, you’ll want to avoid abrasive bristles and go with a silicone or soft-bristled brush. If your cat’s hair is long and thick, using a pin brush may work best to get down to the dander and undercoat. Dual-headed brushes with pins on one side and soft bristles on the other may be a great option when it comes to long-haired cat brushes, especially if you have more than one cat.

It’s important to pay attention to your pet’s comfort level while grooming—if they appear distressed or their skin shows signs of irritation, discontinue use immediately. Visit any of our neighborhood Petco Pet Care Centers for all of your pet solutions, including a variety of cat grooming and bathing supplies. You can also visit the Pet Resource Center for some great tips on How to Groom Your Cat, as well as a handy New Cat Owner Guide so you’ll be fully prepared to help your cat thrive.

Yes. Like our best overall brush listed above, bristle brushes are usually gentle enough for short-haired cats and can help smooth fur and distribute oils. Bristle brushes are an essential part of cat grooming, but you may also want to add a good deshedding tool or undercoat comb to your routine.

It is highly recommended. Brushing your cat regularly will help reduce shedding and the amount of hair your cat consumes, which means fewer unpleasant furballs. Getting rid of all the excess dander and dead hair is also important for your cat’s coat wellness, and brushing distributes important oils your cat’s fur needs.

Cats usually either love it or hate it. Use of the proper tools and encouragement with treats and praise can go a long way. With a little patience and time, grooming your cat can become a great bonding opportunity and a great way to earn your cat’s trust. Consistency is the key.

*Based on sales data.