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Q: My cat is SOOOO hairy!!

September 11, 2008 | By Jennifer U. | 6 answers | Expired: 2134 days ago

Jennifer U.

There is literally hair EVERYWHERE! Literally to pet him chunks fly into the air. GROSS!! This is my first long hair cat. What is the best comb to use on him?

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Cristy P.
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Sep 19, 2008

I have a Persian and he loves to be brushed. I have the furminator and a wire bruss with a soft brush on the other side he doesn't care he just wants to be brushed. He sat for two hours one day getting brushed, he would go get a drink and come back. Trust me I know all about hair he gets up and leaves piles behind. You need to brush on a daily basis. My other two long haired cats hate to be brushed so the one will get knots and I have to cut them out and the other just sheds all over and makes me run the sweeper daily.

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Amie B.
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Sep 12, 2008

I got this from an online source:

"A longhaired cat ought to be groomed on a daily basis, this helps keep the coat tangle-free. Use a soft brush to groom the coat first. Work your way from your cats head to his tail brushing in the direction that the hair is laying. Gently brush his belly and tail. Then use a wide-toothed comb to gently comb through the hair.

"If your cat has any knots or matted hair, gently ease the knot out with a comb or brush. Holding the knot in one hand whilst brushing with the other will prevent any pain to your cat from pulling on the coat. Longhaired, flatter-faced cat breeds need their eyes cleaned and dried weekly or even daily. Fluid cannot drain through the tear ducts properly and they are therefore prone to weeping.

"If your cat starts getting fussy and giving you signs that she has had enough, you can groom the sides of her face. You can also give your cat the occasional treat.


"If you think your cat may have fleas, you can end the grooming session with running a narrow-toothed comb through the coat. Grooming should not aggravate your cat, but be a pleasurable experience that can build trust and confidence. Start grooming sessions gradually with short sessions so your kitten or cat does not become bored. Never restrain your cat if they become stressed during a grooming session. Instead stop the session and try again later when they are more relaxed.

"The result of grooming your cat whether it is a quick weekly brush or a daily intense grooming session is a happy cuddlesome cat. Your cat will look good and feel great."


Also, I'm not sure the exact brushes name, but I've heard wonderful things about the kind that are almost teardrop shaped. It's a handle and a long piece of metal that's sort of looped... I don't know if I'm confusing you or not, but these are supposed to be some great combs for de-furring your shedding furbaby.

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Diana
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Sep 12, 2008

For my dog, I've found the metal combs work better than the brushes when you want to get rid of extra hair. They seem to remove the extra hair easier. The brushes are okay for just brushing, but don't seem to remove as much hair. I have an eski-pom though, so I don't know how similar the hair is going to be. Good luck.

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Michele Z.
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Sep 11, 2008

I think it is more a matter of regularly USING any comb/brush, and not so much which comb/brush is "best". I have read that the "Furminator" is the "best" for matted fur, but regular (i.e., at least daily) combing/brushing should prevent matting--and thereby the necessity of using a dematting comb.

A reality of having a long-haired cat is that it will shed--and shed a lot of long hair! Combing/brushing can help control the amount of shedded fur throughout the house, but you will still have a lot of vacuuming/cleaning up to do. Someone purportedly returned Zac to the Humane Society because he "shed too much" (although I think it was more likely because of his dive-biting "Zac Attacks"). With the beauty of a long-haired cat comes the shedding and cleaning up. I hope you are willing to be more tolerant than Zac's previous adopter.

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Robyn W.
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Sep 11, 2008

The Furminator is one of the best grooming tools I have ever tried. Expensive but worth it. There are similar brushes under other names, however, as I have not tried them I cannot speak as to how well they work.

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Cherry131
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Sep 11, 2008

It know what kind should you get and it is one of those that are not so sharp but a little. They sale them at target. i know it cause I have a shih tzu and they are very fuzzy.

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