wikiHow to Brush a Cat

It isn't easy to brush a cat. Your cat may or may not like to be brushed but the sooner that you start the practice with your cat, the better, to familiarize it with the feeling of being brushed. Here are some suggestions to help you brush your cat.


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    Get your brush. The type of brush you use will depend on your cat's fur. Some cats may need a comb to help part the matted fur. See your vet or local pet store for assistance on choosing a good brush.
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    Get your cat and sit down with it in a comfortable place for brushing. Since most cats shed, try going outdoors. Pet your cat until it lays down, is happy or licks you, or purrs. Start brushing along its back with slow, long strokes. Be gentle and try to watch cat's emotions to look for any unhappy reactions. If the cat bites you, you are either brushing it in a "private area" or you are tugging on a matt of hair that is causing some discomfort or pain.
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    Check brush every once in a while to make sure it is not clogged with hair. Throw away hair as it clumps in brush;clean brush with a comb by combing the brush to rid the brush of hair this will increase the efficiency of the brush. Give the cat a treat for staying put and letting you brush it.
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    Free cat; a lot of the time your cat will be very irritated by the end of brushing and will want to run away for some private time to recover.
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    Always remember:
    • Cats usually love getting brushed.
    • Only brush cats when they are in a good mood.
    • Only brush a cat where it wants to be brushed.(never be forceful)
    • Always brush gently.
    • Don't do anything to them that you wouldn't want done to you.


  • Empty hair on brush often, you will think that you will be able to make a fur coat out of it, but don't.
  • If they let you groom them without any fuss, reward them with a treat or a cuddle.
  • If you have terrible mats, you might need to cut them out or have them professionally removed. This is why it is important to regularly groom long-haired cats, as to leave their hair to reach matting stage is cruel and harmful to their health. Long-haired cats can also swallow a lot of their hair from licking, so brush regularly to reduce hair balls and vomiting.
  • Some cats have an urge to want to bite the brush or comb even though they like being brushed, so in the beginning, have two brushes, one for you to use, and one for your cat to bite.
  • Find a brush that your cat likes; consult your vet or pet store for help.Color does matter.
  • Brush cat when it is in a good mood (not right after sleeping, during mealtime, water time, grooming time).
  • These problems may all be present before, during, and after the brushing time:
    • Biting
    • Scratching
    • Hissing
    • Kicking
    • In some cases hair balls
    • Cat hiding for a while
    • To make kitty's hair super shiny, stroke her with a chamois cloth . It will take off extra hair, help release skin oils, and help kitty relax from being brushed.
  • Dip the comb/brush in water before brushing in order to clean it more and catch all loose hairs. However, keep in mind that not all cats enjoy this.


  • Be careful of making your cat upset as some cats respond with claws.
  • Be sensitive when brushing around head, ears, bottom, and belly.
  • Don't force cat to stay.
  • When brushing belly, watch out for a swift kick from hind legs.

Things You'll Need

  • Brush of suitable kind
  • Comfortable, quiet and dimmed place to sit during the brushing time
  • Towel or rug on your clothes to catch hair coming off
  • Bin for hair clumps taken off brush

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Categories: Grooming Cats