What grooming tools work best on short-haired cats?

It is a mistake to assume that shorthaired cats don’t require grooming. Although they won’t need the same level of assistance as long-haired cats, all indoor cats face the same problem. When a cat is not subject to changes in the season, he sheds constantly.

Beyond having hair all over the house, you’ll also be dealing with hairballs. The barbs on a cat’s tongue point backwards, so your cat really has no choice but to swallow the loose hair he removes from his own coat.

The best all-around grooming tool, regardless of the animal’s coat length is a metal comb with round teeth that are wide set. These combs are easy to find and inexpensive. A variation on this tool is a “slicker brush” which has dozens of very small, bent teeth.

Both replicate the action of the cat’s tongue and serve the purpose of removing loose hair. Generally, cats enjoy being combing with these devices. Don’t restrain the animal and make brushing and combing part of regular lap time.

Be sure to remove the loose hair from the comb or brush as you go, and don’t apply undo pressure. A cat’s skin is very sensitive. If possible, start this routine when the cat is young and make it a regular part of kitty’s life. You’ll have less hair around the house and kitty will have fewer hairball issues, which is good for you both.

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