Most kittens have minimal grooming needs, but it’s a good idea to get your kitten used to being brushed while they’re still young to make them more receptive to it when they’re older. For kittens, it’s important to avoid harsh brushes that may irritate their tender skin or damage their developing coat.
There are still a variety of brushes you can choose from for grooming your kitten, though. To make it easier for you to choose the best brush for your kitten, we’ve reviewed some of the top brushes that are appropriate for caring for your kitten’s coat and getting them used to brushing throughout their life.
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The 10 Best Kitten Brushes
1. Hepper Soft Cat Brush – Best Overall
|Color:||Black, turquoise, pink, purple|
The Hepper Soft Cat Brush is the best overall kitten brush we’ve found. This curry brush is available in four colors, so you can pick the one that suits your preferences. It is made of soft silicone, and it has widely spaced teeth, so you can get deep into your cat’s coat, massaging the skin without causing discomfort. It has a palm grip for a comfortable and secure grip for you.
It’s made from waterproof materials, which makes it easy to clean after use. This brush can also be used to help get your kitty extra clean during baths. Although you can use this brush for any type of coat, it’s ideal for longhaired cats. This is one of the more expensive brushes we reviewed.
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2. Furminator Hair Collection Brush – Best Value
|Type:||Hair collection brush|
|Color:||Black and gray|
The best kitten brush for the money is the Furminator Hair Collection Brush. This brush is made of durable rubber, and it features four different types of bristles. It can be used on your kitten directly but is also made to remove hair from furniture, carpet, and clothing. It’s made to be used on a variety of coat types, and it can be used wet or dry.
This brush works by creating an electrostatic charge to remove loose hair and skin, which prevents it from tugging on your cat’s coat and skin. The rubber grip makes for a comfortable brushing experience for you as well. Although this is made to be used on a variety of coats, many users report it not working effectively on coats of longhaired cats.
3. Resco Pro-Series Rotating Pin Comb – Premium Choice
The Resco Pro-Series Rotating Pin Comb is an effective grooming tool, but it retails for a premium price when compared to other brushes and combs. This comb is made from heavy-duty metal, but it features a soft grip for your comfort. Although it’s made of metal, this comb is lightweight, reducing fatigue during use.
The pins of this comb rotate, making for maximum comfort for your cat and no tugging or hair pulling. It’s designed with longhaired cats in mind but is gentle enough for kittens with any type of coat. The ends of the comb pins are slightly rounded to avoid skin irritation.
4. Frisco Pin Bristle Brush
|Type:||Pin brush, bristle brush|
|Color:||Green and gray|
The Frisco Pin Bristle Brush features two different brush heads, making it useful for any type of coat. It’s available in a mini size that’s perfect for kittens. One side of the brush is a pin brush with rounded tips to avoid skin damage and irritation. This brush is ideal for fluffing the coat, removing tangles, and getting deep into thicker coats. The other side is a bristle brush, which is ideal for smoothing the coat and distributing the skin’s natural oils.
It has a soft, ergonomic grip for your comfort during use. This brush is designed with medium coats in mind. It may be effective for shorthair cats, but this is likely not the best option if your cat has a long, thick coat, especially if they have mats.
5. Pet Life Knuckler Flexible Grooming Rake Comb
|Color:||Pink, orange, green|
The Pet Life Knuckler Flexible Grooming Rake Comb is available in three colors, so you can pick the one that suits your preferences the best. This brush features a unique design that is made to slip over your fingers for a sturdy, comfortable grip during brushing sessions. The firm but flexible bristles are designed to get through the coat, removing undercoat hair and mild knots. It’s designed for use on shorthair and longhair pets.
Some users of this brush report their cats not being crazy about it, so it may not be suitable for cats that are picky about their grooming tools.
6. H&H Pets Multi-Functional Grooming Brush Kit
|Type:||Massage brush, pin brush, bristle brush|
|Color:||Black and green|
The H&H Pets Multi-Functional Grooming Brush Kit features three brush heads that can easily be switched out into the body of the brush. One brush is a massage brush for use during baths. The second brush is a pin brush with rounded tines for fluffing the coat and removing loose undercoat fur. The third brush is a bristle brush for distributing oils and smoothing the coat.
This brush base doesn’t offer an ergonomic handle, so it may be uncomfortable to grip. It does offer gentle brushing options for sensitive skin and thin coats, though.
7. JW Gripsoft Slicker Brush
|Color:||Black and yellow|
The JW Gripsoft Slicker Brush is a small slicker brush that is made specifically for cats. The gripsoft handle makes for a comfortable brushing experience for you, and the flexible stainless-steel tines are designed to remove hair gently and safely without pulling or damaging the skin. The pins are angled, making them ideal for removing loose hair and tangles.
This brush is designed for all types of coats, although it may not be effective against thick, tangled, longhaired coats. For shorthaired coats, make sure to use this brush gently. The wire tines are not capped or rounded, so they can scratch the skin if used too roughly.
8. Li’l Pals Coated Tips Slicker Brush
|Color:||Green and blue|
The Li’l Pals Coated Tips Slicker Brush is a budget-friendly brush option for your kitten. The flexible wire pins have rounded plastic tips to prevent irritation to the skin during brushing. It’s a good option for removing tangles and undercoat buildup, but the flexibility of the pins will prevent snags and discomfort. It has a comfortable handle to keep you comfortable during use.
The size of this brush is designed for small cats and kittens, making it ideal for kittens of any size. Some people do report the small size of this brush making it difficult to keep up with. In fact, a few people report their kitties thinking this is a toy and running off with it whenever it’s left in the open.
9. Ethical Pet Spot Grooming Glove
|Color:||Black and blue|
The Ethical Pet Spot Grooming Glove is a clever product that allows you to brush your kitten gently during petting sessions. This glove features soft, small nubs that remove loose hair and skin from your cat’s coat while providing your kitty with a gentle, comfortable bonding experience with you. Because it’s a glove, it’s comfortable to use.
This is a one size fits all design, so it may be a little too large or small on your hand, but it does include a Velcro strap to fit it to your wrist. It’s only available in a right-hand design, so it may be uncomfortable for left-handed people to use. This is not suitable for removing mats or tangles, but it’s a great option for short-haired cats.
10. Petstages Scratch & Groom Scratch Pad
The Petstages Scratch & Groom Scratch Pad is a fun option for the kitty that doesn’t love to be brushed or who won’t sit still for it. This allows your kitten to use a scratch pad, as well as rub themselves along a built-in bristle-type arch. This allows your kitten to groom themselves, even when you aren’t home. It’s also a fun way for your kitten to burn excess energy and fulfill their natural need to scratch and rub on objects.
This is the most expensive option we reviewed, but it also doubles as a toy, so this may be worth the extra money for some people. Currently, the scratcher in this toy cannot be replaced, and this toy is not weighted, so it may be flipped over by a committed kitten.
Buyer’s Guide: How to Find the Best Brush for Your Kitten
Choosing the Best Brush for Your Kitten
In order to select the best brush for your kitten, you need to consider your kitten’s coat type and length. Some brushes are well-suited to the thick, long coats of some cats, while some are not. Kittens usually have relatively soft coats, but as they grow, their coats may become more coarse and may require different brushes.
You should also consider if you’re dealing with a healthy coat or not. Some kittens that have been rescued or that have been suffering from medical problems or parasite infestations may have specific coat care needs to get their coat back to health.
You may have to purchase multiple brush types to manage your kitten’s coat while they are still young and when they get older, but it’s best to pick the brush that meets your kitten’s current coat care needs. Just keep in mind that you may need to upgrade as they age.
These reviews should serve as a great starting point selecting the right brush for your kitten’s current and future coat needs. In our opinion, the best overall kitten brush is the Hepper Soft Cat Brush, which is available in multiple colors and is made to remove loose hair gently but efficiently from the coat. The most budget-friendly pick is the Furminator Hair Collection Brush, which can be used on your kitten, as well as on clothing and upholstery. For a more expensive option, choose the Resco Pro-Series Rotating Pin Comb, which is made to remove tangles and small mats without too much discomfort for your kitty.
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