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There’s just something special about Persian cats. Of course, all cats are special—but who can resist the wide-eyed, scrunchy-faced cuteness of a Persian? Because of those smooshy faces, Persians sometimes have a harder time self-grooming than other cats. Add to that their beautifully fluffy coats and fine hair, and you get mats and tangles far more often than the average cat. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best brushes for Persian cats: to help you find the perfect grooming ritual to please your (usually) calm, affectionate, and person-focused kitty.
Our Favorite Brushes To Keep a Persian Cat’s Coat Healthy
Sometimes it’s not a brush for a Persian cat that you need but something more hands-on. When dirt and tears get stuck in the little folds common in Persian’s faces, grooming gloves can help you reach those delicate spots in a gentle, focused way. You can use just a finger to get into creases and crevices where dirt might have built up, and they let you reach those sensitive spots where mats tend to occur, like the armpits and insides of legs.
The best part is that grooming gloves allow you to use your hands for both a good petting and to feel if there are any problem areas you need to focus on in a more serious grooming session.Discover on Amazon
Persian cats require regular brushing—and this brush from Hertzko is an ideal choice for your daily ritual. Using a slicker brush daily is sort of like maintenance in between the more focused grooming you might do once or twice a week. Slicker brushes have fine wire bristles that detangle and remove mats as well as pick up dirt and loose hair. They also can get deep into your Persian’s undercoat to remove stray hairs without irritating their sensitive skin.
These come in different sizes, which you can choose according to the daintiness of your kitty, and have no-slip grip handles for control and comfort. This one is self-cleaning, which is handy, since you’ll almost certainly have to empty it multiple times per grooming session.Discover on Amazon
The Furminator has become the go-to brush for grooming pretty much any cat or dog (with hair, that is). It’s an indispensable tool to have in your Persian cat’s grooming kit. Furminators come in different sizes and types, so make sure to get this larger one for long-haired cats.
The Furminator’s specialty is getting deep into a Persian’s thick undercoat to remove hair and mats without irritating your kitty’s delicate skin. Because it focuses on that stubborn undercoat, it removes unwanted hair but leaves the outer layer of a Persian’s coat long and shiny.Discover on Amazon
This brush is ideal for getting stubborn mats out of a Persian cat’s voluminous coat. Not only is de-matting important for a Persian’s comfort, but it’s also essential if you plan on bathing your Persian cat. Water makes mats worse, so it’s a good idea to double-check that all mats have been removed before your kitty gets wet.
This comb works like a rake in areas where a Persian has (or may be developing) mats. It has sharp teeth set inside (don’t worry, far from delicate kitty skin) that razor through mats to release them with a minimum of discomfort. This particular brand is two-sided: one is for mats, and the other is for quick rounds of de-shedding.Discover on Amazon
Fleas have more places to hide when animals have long hair, so having a flea comb on hand is always a good idea—especially for sensitive Persians. A couple of passes with a flea comb can tell you a lot about what’s going on with your kitty’s fur and skin, even if there’s not a flea to be found. The extremely fine teeth on this comb also make it a great finishing tool if you’re looking to make your Persian’s coat absolutely pristine.Discover on Amazon
Stainless steel combs with both wide- and fine-set teeth are a great option for your Persian cat’s everyday brush. They easily remove small knots, dirt, and detritus that may have attached itself to your Persian’s voluminous poof. They also work as great “finishers” after you’ve used a de-matting comb, providing volume where needed and slicking down elsewhere.
Strong stainless steel means this brush will never break, and it’s easy to wash—just toss it in the sink or even the dishwasher. The rubber top gives you a good grip and prevents hand cramps that can come with holding something so thin. Finally, the teeth on this comb are rounded to give your cat a good massage-y feeling without scratching or poking sensitive skin.Discover on Amazon
Persian cats require more care than an average cat, but as any Persian would likely point out, they’re worth it. It may seem like overkill to have so many brushes for one kitty, but good grooming is an investment that pays off in the long run—just look at the contentment on your happy, poofy Persian’s face.