Unless you own a hairless cat breed like the Sphynx, you will need to deal with your cat’s shedding at some point or another. Even short-haired cats will shed around your home, but long-haired cats like Persians all the more so. Cats need weekly or even daily grooming to keep their coats mat-free, but also to help reduce shedding and prevent hairballs.
Specially-made shedding brushes can certainly help this process along and reduce the amount of shed fur ending up around your home! Cats are fastidious groomers, leading many cat owners to simply leave their cats to it—they take pretty good care of their coats all by themselves. While this is largely true, a deshedding tool can make the process a lot quicker and more comfortable for your feline.
Finding the right tool among the sea of available options can be time-consuming, and confusing. That’s why we put together this list of in-depth reviews of eight of our favorite deshedding tools to help you find the best one for your needs. Let’s get started!
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2022
The 8 Best Cat Deshedding Tools
1. Paws & Pals Best In Show Dog & Cat Deshedding Tool – Best Overall
Paws & Pals Best In Show Cat Deshedding Tool is our top choice overall. The tool features a sturdy stainless steel blade that effortlessly goes deep into your cat’s undercoat yet is gentle on their skin. It has an ergonomic non-slip rubber handle that gives you maximum control and comfort without hand fatigue and is made from durable, long-lasting, quality materials that are a breeze to clean. It’s ideal for all cat breeds and regular use can dramatically reduce shedding and help stimulate the natural oils on your cat’s skin.
Some customers reported that while this brush worked, it took far longer than some other tools on the market due to its small size.
2. Frisco Deshedding Cat & Dog Brush — Best Value
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The Frisco Deshedding Cat Brush is the best deshedding tool for the money according to our research. The tool has a durable stainless steel blade that is easy to clean, precise, and has a unique angled design to gently access your cat’s undercoat and remove dead hair. The blade is also wide to make grooming quicker and easier. Lastly, the tool has a comfortable, non-slip ergonomic handle that is comfortable to use plus it makes grooming safer and more precise. This comes in two different sizes to suit your unique cat.
This tool works best for long-haired cats, and several customers reported that the tool had no effect on their short-haired felines.
3. FURminator Long Hair Cat Deshedding Tool— Premium Choice
|Material:||Plastic, rubber, stainless steel|
FURminator has long been the go-to brand in cat deshedding and dematting tools, and this Long Hair Deshedding tool is no different. The tool is designed with effective stainless steel teeth that reach effortlessly to your cat’s undercoat to remove loose and dead fur. The blade has a curved edge that conforms to your cat’s natural body contours for comfortable and safe grooming sessions, with an edge guard to protect teeth while the tool is in storage and prevent the blade from digging into your cat’s skin. It also has a comfortable, ergonomic handle with a unique FURejector button that makes both grooming and cleaning a breeze.
While this tool is certainly effective, it has very sharp teeth. The tool does have an edge guard to protect your cat’s skin but can easily remove too much fur if you’re not careful.
4. JW Pet Cat Deshedding Tool
The JW Pet Cat Deshedding Tool is a simple yet effective tool to promote a healthy coat for your cat. The tool has a cushioned, non-slip handle that makes it comfortable and easy to use, plus gives you more accuracy while brushing. It has durable stainless steel blades with a curved design to reach under your cat’s topcoat and remove dead hair, and these blades will rake rather than cut or pull at your cat’s coat, making for a pain-free grooming session.
The large blades of this tool make it top-heavy and challenging to use accurately. Also, it works well on long-haired cats but doesn’t work as effectively on cats with medium or short coats.
5. Hertzko Self-Cleaning Dog & Cat Deshedding Tool
The Hertzko Self-Cleaning Cat Deshedding Tool is easy to use and effective, featuring a 4-inch curved stainless steel blade that helps to reduce shedding by up to 95%. The blade is designed to fit the contour of your cat’s body to make deshedding quick, easy, and safe. Cleaning is a breeze thanks to the automatic fur eject button that instantly leaves the tool fur-free and ready for more grooming. It also features a comfortable rubber grip and anti-slip handle to keep grooming pleasant and comfortable for pet parents too.
The automatic cleaning feature is great, however, the head snaps off easily, even while brushing, which is disappointing considering the high price.
6. Mr. Peanut’s Hand Gloves Deshedding Aid
|Weight:||88 ounces (each)|
If your cat doesn’t enjoy brushing, this Hand Glove Deshedding Aid from Mr. Peanut’s is a great alternative. The gloves are made with flexible, comfortable, neoprene mesh fitted with 259 silicone pins to effortlessly remove loose and dead hair. The mesh is water-resistant and fast-drying, plus is breathable to keep your hands cool. The gloves feature an adjustable Velcro strap for a comfortable fit, and the silicone tips gently massage your cat while giving them a smooth, shiny coat.
Unfortunately, there are some quality control issues with these gloves, as several customers reported that the stitching came apart easily after only a few uses. Also, they only come in one size and may be too small for bigger hands, plus hair gets stuck easily in the Velcro strap.
7. Hertzko 2-in-1 Dog & Cat Grooming Tool
|Material:||Plastic, rubber, stainless steel|
The Hertzko 2-in-1 Cat Grooming Tool features a safe and effective deshedding blade as well as a grooming comb in one convenient tool. The brush has a flexible neck to prevent irritation to your cat’s skin, and glides along easily, contouring to your cat’s body. It has a comfortable rubber grip and non-slip handle with stainless steel blades that are sharp enough to cut through thick undercoats but gentle enough not to harm your cat. It’s ideal for long or short hair and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
While the deshedder tool works great for most cats, many customers reported that the comb doesn’t work very well. Also, the flexible neck part of the brush eventually breaks with repeated use.
8. Hartz Groomer’s Best Fur Fetcher DeShedding Cat Brush
Groomer’s Best Fur Fetcher Deshedder from Hartz is a unique deshedding option for your feline, with plastic microcombs rather than stainless steel blades. This design is claimed to remove three times more hair than brushing alone, making it ideal for long-haired breeds like Persians. The unique design removes loose hair from the undercoat without skin irritation and is great for cats with sensitive skin, plus has an ergonomic handle that is comfortable to use for long periods.
This brush removes loose hair, but due to the small blades, the hair must be removed after every stroke to prevent it from ending up on your cat again! It also has a very small head so grooming will certainly take some time, and the microcombs can pull harshly at your cat’s undercoat.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Purchase the Best Cat Deshedding Tool
Even though cats are fastidious groomers and do a great job of cleaning themselves, they still need to be brushed regularly. This is especially true for long-haired cats, but brushing short-haired cats will also reduce shedding around your home. Also, loose hair can be ingested when cats lick themselves, resulting in uncomfortable hairballs. While normal brushes can certainly help with excess shedding, specially designed shedding brushes are the best option.
Let’s look at some of the factors to consider when choosing a deshedding tool for your feline.
Typically, deshedding tools come in a brush form. Some of these brushes are dual-purpose and also have a regular comb built-in, while others are purpose-built for deshedding only. If your cat doesn’t enjoy being brushed, you can also use grooming gloves, which also gently massage your cat’s skin and are easier to use for sensitive cats.
No matter the style you go for, it should be comfortable both for you and your cat. A brush tool should have a comfortable, non-slip handle for extended use, and the gloves should have an adjustable strap to make them fit tightly. The tool should also be effective at removing loose hair but still comfortable for your cat. The blades should ideally be curved to follow the contour of your cat’s body, and not sharp enough to harm their skin.
Most deshedding tools are made with stainless steel blades as these are the most effective and durable. The handle should be made from comfortable rubber or plastic to offer grip for accuracy, and make it comfortable for extended use. Deshedding gloves need to be breathable and tight-fitting ideally with an adjustable strap, and a neoprene mesh is the most common material. Neoprene is water-resistant, breathable, and easy to clean.
With all the loose hair coming off your cat after grooming, the brush should be easy to clean. The best deshedding tools come with a button to easily release the loose hair, and they should be water-resistant to rinse after use too.
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The Paws & Pals Best In Show Cat Deshedding Tool is our top choice overall. It features a sturdy stainless steel blade, ergonomic non-slip rubber handle for maximum control and comfort, and is made from durable, long-lasting, quality materials that are a breeze to clean.
The Frisco Deshedding Cat Brush is the best deshedding tool for the money according to our research. The tool has a durable stainless steel blade with a unique angled design and has a comfortable, non-slip ergonomic handle that is comfortable to use, plus comes in two different sizes to suit your unique cat.
The FURminator Long Hair Deshedding Tool is a great premium option for your cat. It’s designed with durable stainless steel teeth and a curved blade with an edge guard, and a comfortable, ergonomic handle with a unique FURejector button that makes both grooming and cleaning a breeze.
Shedding is a normal part of owning a cat, and something that all cat owners will need to deal with at some point. Luckily, there are some great tools for the job! We hope our reviews have narrowed the available options and helped you find the perfect tool for your feline.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.