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Old October 5th, 2010, 06:54 AM
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Question Best type of brush to keep matts out of longhaired cat?

Hi guys,

I've never really had to groom Boo before; she's always taken good care of herself. But I think her arthritis has made it difficult to get the area of her chest/front armpits...I've been finding matts. I clipped the ones I couldn't brush out, and I plan to brush regularly, I just don't 100% love the brush we have and I'm looking for suggestions. Right now we have what I consider a "people" brush...a round paddle with moveable metal bristles that have rubber-coated tips. I was thinking a slicker, but is that going to be too scratchy for cat skin?

Long-haired cat people, what is your fave brush?
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Old October 5th, 2010, 07:12 AM
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I use the same type of human brush on Puddles and keep her fur trimmed (I have salon quality scissors so they are very good at cutting fur) and cut out mats. She is old and hates being brushed with anything else. The brush doesn't get out all the fur as she has such a thick undercoat, but it does get out the surface fur so cut down on fur balls.

I purchased a slicker for her years ago and she hates it.
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Old October 5th, 2010, 08:45 AM
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i use a matting comb on my boys,but they are shorthaired.
rocky would get matts ever now and then.
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Old October 5th, 2010, 06:09 PM
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Best type of

Brushes tend to graze over cat's fur often creating more mats from the static. I use a dog/cat moulting comb. It has 1 row of short teeth and 1 of long. It gets right down to the skin and removes undercoat and loose fur.
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Old October 5th, 2010, 07:39 PM
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i use a furminator and a very fine tooothed flea comb for mats the furminator cant untangle i use a sungle edge razor blade to spererate them and then eithe cut them or use the furminator again. thats the way my vet showed me
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Old October 6th, 2010, 02:54 AM
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I used to use a paddle brush but then I bought the furminator and I still can't believe how much hair I can get out of my 2 cats! its awesome.
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Old October 8th, 2010, 03:58 PM
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What is your fave brush? no brush!

To keep a longhaired cat mat free, use one of those polished steel combs that have finer teeth on one half and wider-spaced teeth on the other. This is all you need. Once you have any mats removed, to maintain a beautiful coat comb cat at least once a day, and you'll have no problems with mats and less coat drop. Longhaired cats are no more difficult to maintain then shorthaired ones. You just have to run the comb through the hair once a day and that's it. As far as housekeeping is concerned, I've always found shorthaired cats much worse than longhairs, as those shorter hairs can weave into some types of materials, whereas any loose longhair sits on the surface as fluff and is more readily picked/vacuumed up.
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Old October 10th, 2010, 09:00 PM
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agree with catlover re: type of brush. Honestly those combs are the best!
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