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Brushes for Short-Haired Cats

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: September 2, 2018
Brushes for Short-Haired Cats

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Do you have a cat with short hair, or are you thinking of adopting one? You're probably wondering what is the best kind of brush for them. Brushing your cat's hair is part of a necessary routine, and it will help you have a closer friendship with your pet. In this article on pet accessories we'll talk about brushes, but we'll also offer helpful tips that all cat owners should know.

Keep reading this AnimalWised article to learn all about brushes for short-haired cats and get ready to work so that your cat looks their softest and shiniest.

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  1. Why should you brush a short-haired cat?
  2. Brush with short bristles
  3. Mitt brush
  4. Dual-Sided Brush
  5. How to groom a short-haired cat:

Why should you brush a short-haired cat?

Many people believe that short-haired cats don't need to be brushed; this is a big mistake, since even if their fur looks easier to maintain, it needs extra care to get rid of dead hair and avoid hairballs, helping their fur look beautiful and soft.

Besides all those benefits, brushing your cat on a regular basis is stimulating for them; it gets you in close physical contact and allows your short-haired cat to spend some quality relaxing time with you.

Brushes for Short-Haired Cats - Why should you brush a short-haired cat?

Brush with short bristles

Brushes with short bristles are perfect to use on short-haired cats, since they don't harm them at all. We recommend you look for brushes with plastic bristles with rounded tips in your local shop. They are the best kind!

Brushes for Short-Haired Cats - Brush with short bristles

Mitt brush

This is a very good option if your cat doesn't seem keen on the idea of being brushed often, since they feel like your hands petting them. You'll find different designs and versions of mitt brushes in your local pet store, and they are ideal to remove dead hair and all sorts of dirt. They'll fit like a glove!

Brushes for Short-Haired Cats - Mitt brush

Dual-Sided Brush

Dual-sided brushes, that is, brushes with bristles on both sides, are perfect for grooming short-haired cats. You can use the side with harder bristles to brush your cat as you normally would, while the softer side is perfect to remove dust and dirt from the fur and boost its shine.

Brushes for Short-Haired Cats - Dual-Sided Brush

How to groom a short-haired cat:

Even if the process of brushing and grooming a short-haired cat seems obvious, there are some tips that will make it even easier and more enjoyable, getting better results.

  • Start by mussing up your cat's fur with your hands - do so playfully in case they get stressed - so that once you get to brushing it, it will be aired and more reachable.
  • Take the brush you have chosen and groom its fur in the opposite direction of its growth so as to get rid of all dead hair. It's likely that your cat doesn't enjoy this part all that much, so remember to give them treats and talk warmly and lovingly to make the situation more enjoyable.
  • Once that's done, brush the fur in the direction it grows so that it rests back in its usual position. Don't forget to brush all the parts of their body, including their belly and legs.

Make the activity especially relaxing and pleasant by combining grooming with massages, especially rubbing their head.

Brushes for Short-Haired Cats - How to groom a short-haired cat:

This has been a short guide on brushes for short-haired cats as well as an introduction to how to groom them. If you have any tips, please share them in the comments section.

You can also check out our article on how to deal with cat hair shedding and brushes for long-haired cats.

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Tonie Marlow
Is there a recipe for DIY hairball remedy? My cat HATES the stuff on the market but might like what I make for her. Anything?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Tonie,

You can try adding a spoonful of olive oil to your cat's food a couple of times a week. Adding fiber supplements can also help, but you will need to check with your vet as to which are suitable for your cat. However, have you tried simply mixing the malt paste (or whatever hairball remedy you use) into their food to disguise the flavor?
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