The 10 Best Cat Hair Removers

By Nadine Oraby | 2020 Update

Tired of your cat shedding everywhere?

Facing difficulty removing cat hair from your furniture?

Lucky for you, I have compiled a list of the best cat hair removers in the market today.

The Best Cat Hair Removers

1. Delomo Pet Grooming and Deshedding Gloves – My Top Pick


 Key Facts
  • Type: Grooming glove
  • Material: Breathable fabric glove with a silicone inner surface
  • Washable: Yes, machine washable
  • Short/Long Hair: Works great for long-haired cats

When it comes to Cat hair removers, there is no other product on the market that works as good as the Delomo Pet Grooming and Deshedding Gloves. From the materials to the way it is designed, everything about this glove screams quality. This the reason why it is on the top spot on this list.

Now the question becomes:

How does it perform so well?

There are numerous reasons. The first being its form-factor and how well it translates to the performance.

The Delomo Pet Grooming and Deshedding Gloves are gloves that have a special inner surface. The inner surface is made of rubber and is lined with 255 silicone tips. These silicone tips are soft to the touch. And indeed they are. This is why the Delomo Pet Grooming and Deshedding Gloves cleans fur unlike anything else on the market.

Since it is essentially a glove, you just put it on and start grooming your cat. The glove collects loose hair and also removes any dirt or debris. Unlike brushes, the glove can get in awkward spots to clean the fur. Spots like the area between the ears, the tail and such are effectively cleaned by it. And since it is a glove with soft silicone tips, it won’t hurt your pet’s skin.

Aside from removing loose hair, grooming this way also has other benefits. Some cats don’t like the look or feel of traditional lint rollers. So they hate it and don’t want to get anywhere near it. The glove shape of the Delomo Pet Grooming and Deshedding Gloves is remarkably accessible to cats. The soft texture of the tips also helps in this regard.

There are also other things to take note of, things like breathable fabric, which results in less sweating, machine washability to clean the glove effectively, and adjustable wrist straps. These things make the Delomo Pet Grooming and Deshedding Gloves an absolute gem when it comes to hair removers.

 Things I really like
  • Removes loose hair better than anything else on the market all thanks to the 255 soft silicone tips
  • The glove is made of lightweight, breathable fabric
  • Machine washable
  • Cleans the fur from tough spots with ease
  • The inner silicone surface is harmless to cats and other pets
  • Cats love to be groomed by it
 Things I don’t like
  • Removing fur from the glove requires a little effort
  • Short-haired cats will require some extra attention

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2. Hertzko Double Sided Pins and Bristle Brush


 Key Facts
  • Comb: Two sides, Bristle brush on one side and slicker brush on the other
  • Handle: The handle has an ergonomic design and is made of plastic handle
  • Self-Cleaning: No self-cleaning functionality
  • Densely Packed Bristles: The bristles are densely packed

For people who like the amount of hair a grooming glove removes but don’t want to get one, a brush is a better idea.

The 2nd product that you should take into consideration is the Hertzko Double Sided Pins and Bristle Brush. The brush is as good in real life as it is on paper.

Some of you might be asking:

But why do I need a double-sided brush?

So let me answer it here. You need a double-sided brush for several reasons, some of which are:

  • Straightening the hair of your cat requires something soft that is specially designed for this purpose
  • Removing loose hair and getting rid of the dead undercoat and breaking up knots requires something a little tough that doesn’t hurt your cat in the process

Both of the above requirements are met by the Hertzko Double Sided Pins and Bristle Brush all thanks to its double-sided nature.

The bristle brush on one side specializes in smoothing out rough hair and removing loose hair from the fur. The soft bristles are densely packed, making them a perfect tool to soften the messy hair. Loose hair is removed, and the coat is smoothed out efficiently without any damage to your cat. This is one of the reasons why the Hertzko Double Sided Pins and Bristle Brush enjoys the reputation it has.

In addition to the hair removing prowess, this brush also has pins on one side. Like I have already mentioned, something tough is required to remove the dead undercoat and break up knots. The pins do exactly this. As an added bonus, the pins have rounded tips to make sure that they don’t hurt the skin.

 Things I really like
  • Bristles are quite effective in removing loose hair
  • Bristles are also soft enough so as to not hurt your cat’s skin
  • Pins on the other side do a good job of removing the dead undercoat and breaking up knots
  • Expertly designed handle
  • An absolute bargain
 Things I don’t like
  • No self-cleaning functionality makes it a pain to remove hair from the brush
  • Bristles are densely packed but are loose and as such have questionable long term durability

3. Pet Grooming Glove By Pat Your Pet


 Key Facts
  • Type: Grooming glove
  • Material: Breathable fabric glove with rubber tips on the inner surface
  • Washable: Yes, machine washable
  • Short/Long Hair: Works great for long-haired as well as short-haired cats

A patter you will, probably, see throughout this list is how many Grooming Gloves make an appearance. It is no coincidence, to be honest. Grooming Gloves are great tools for removing cat hair. And, not so surprisingly, cats love them.

Keeping this pattern going is the Pet Grooming Glove by ‘Pat Your Pet.’ This grooming glove occupies the third place, and you will shortly see why.

Starting off with the design, the glove adopts a five-finger design where each of the fingers and the palm are dotted with rubber tips. The rubber tips used here are soft, flexible, and evenly spaced so as to pull out loose hair without making grooming hard. Rubber tips serve another purpose:

To massage your cat, which increases the blood flow and causes an increase in the natural oil production.

Increased blood flow keeps the fur healthy and reduces dander. Dander cause the dryness and flaking on a cat’s skin. So a reduced amount of dander is a pretty big deal.

Aside from this, the glove, all thanks to its design, can reach places where traditional grooming brushes have difficulty reaching. This alone makes the Pet Grooming Glove extremely appealing for people who are tired of trying hand acrobatics to groom their cats.

But it’s not all roses. The Pet Grooming Glove by Pat Your Pet suffers from the same problems as other gloves. Namely the lack of a sophisticated mechanism to remove the hair collected on the glove. There is no easy way to do this. You have to use your wit and put effort by hand. And more often than not, this becomes a pain.

 Things I really like
  • The glove is well built and consequently will last a long time
  • Removes hair better than most other products on the market
  • Rubber tips are soft and flexible to make sure that your cat doesn’t get hurt during its grooming sessions
  • The glove cleans difficult to clean places like the tail and the face effectively
 Things I don’t like
  • Hair removal from the gloves is a little difficult

4. Poodle Pet Self Cleaning Slicker Brush


 Key Facts
  • Comb: Soft, stainless steel pins
  • Handle: Plastic build with an ergonomic design
  • Self-Cleaning: A retractable mechanism enables self-cleaning
  • Easy to Hang: Comes with a hole in the handle for easy hanging

Many people swear by this brush and claim:

This is the number 1 slicker brush on the market.

Quite frankly, I agree! This is, in fact, the best slicker brush on the market. No surprise it managed to grab the 4th place.

The Poodle Pet Self Cleaning Slicker Brush has an all-plastic build. The handle is ergonomic and is designed to improve handling. The texture on the handle also helps immensely in this regards. This may not sound like such a big deal, but when your wrestling with your cat with one hand and trying to brush it with another, this does become a factor.

When it comes to the comb, it has stainless steel pins arranged in a way to maximize hair removal. The pins may be stainless steel, but that doesn’t make them hard or damaging to your cat’s skin. The pins are actually soft and have rounded ends. Both of these qualities mean that your cat stays safe during grooming.

 Things I really like
  • The brush works really well and removes loose hair quite effectively
  • Cleaning the brush is a breeze all thanks to the self-cleaning functionality
  • The handle is ergonomic
  • It is an absolute bargain
 Things I don’t like
  • The bristles are a little stiff so use it carefully

5. Handson Gloves for Shedding


 Key Facts
  • Type: Grooming glove
  • Material: Synthetic fabric glove with rubber tips on the inner surface
  • Washable: Yes, machine washable
  • Short/Long Hair: Works great for both long-haired and short-haired cats

Handson Gloves for Grooming and Shedding are renowned for their ability to remove unwanted hair from your pet. And it being on this list isn’t a surprise when you take what they offer into consideration.

First up, the gloves are designed to be versatile. They will work for cats as well as dogs, horses and even zebras, no pun intended. The reason that they are so versatile is because of the fact that they are an actual pair of fitted gloves. They are designed to fit as snugly as possible. Such good fitting makes the gloves a very easy tool to work with.

Secondly, the inner surface is lined with what Handson calls, “Scrubbing Nodules.” Well folks, whether you call these things’ Scrubbing Nodules’ or simple rubber tips, the fact remains that these things are exceptional when it comes to picking hair. And after you are done picking hair, the glove is pretty easy to clean too. Wash them in a machine or clean them with your hands. Everything works as long as you use common sense.

And like everything else, the Handson Gloves have their fair share of problems. The biggest of these problems is the cost. Handson Gloves are hands down the most expensive pair of grooming gloves that I have ever seen. The second issue that plagues these gloves is their less than ideal performance when used on pets with shorter, smoother hair. Whether it’s because of the way the Scrubbing Nodules work or something else, one thing is certain that it works best for long-haired cats.

 Things I really like
  • Works like a charm on cats with long hair
  • Fits really well making the gloves quite easy to work with
  • The gloves can withstand water and thus are machine washable
  • Flexible enough to clean hard to reach places with ease
 Things I don’t like
  • If we compare this to other grooming gloves, it costs at least twice as much which is not a good thing by any means

6. Pet Grooming Glove By Pet Thunder


 Key Facts
  • Type: Grooming glove
  • Material: Recyclable fabric glove with rubber tips on the inner surface
  • Washable: Yes, machine washable
  • Short/Long Hair: Works great for short-haired cats

This is getting interesting. Why do you ask? Because:

We have another Grooming Glove on the list of Best Cat Hair Removers.

If this isn’t a testament to how good the grooming gloves work, I don’t know what is.

The Pet Grooming Glove By Pet Thunder is an amazing product in every sense of the word. From the fabric to the price, it nails almost every department. Almost!

We start things up with the design and its readily apparent that it’s a little different compared to the other Grooming Gloves that appeared on this list. Unlike other gloves, this glove is more like a baking glove than a full-on five-fingered one. Aside from this design, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the two form factors.

When it comes to the fabric, the glove is made from a combination of a breathable, and recyclable fabric and a silicone inner surface. The silicone surface contains rubber tips that do all the magic here. Hair gets picked up by these rubber tips and form a mat of sorts. This mat of hair can easily be removed from the glove afterward.

The Pet Grooming Glove By Pet Thunder comfortably removes the excess hair. And it is pretty easy to clean as well. When you are finished grooming your cat, simply peel the hair right off. This is perhaps what makes it better than the traditional slicker brushes.

As an added bonus, cats love to get groomed by this brush. And it is a great value proposition. This is a win-win situation for both you and your cat.

No wonder it’s such a big hit.

 Things I really like
  • Performance is just as good as other grooming gloves
  • It is pretty easy to clean
  • The fabric is recyclable making the glove eco-friendly
  • Cats love it and will want to get groomed over and over again
  • A bargain to be honest
 Things I don’t like
  • Works great for shorter-haired cats but not for longer-haired ones which are a little disappointing

7. Aritan Professional Pet Self Cleaning Slicker Brush


 Key Facts
  • Comb: Soft, stainless steel pins
  • Handle: Plastic build with an ergonomic design
  • Self-Cleaning: A retractable mechanism enables self-cleaning
  • Bent Needles: The needles are bent at a 60 degrees angle

If there was one quality that makes slicker brushes stand out, it would be this:

Slicker brushes work like a charm in cleaning hair.

And the brush that occupies the 7th spot is a testament to the above-mentioned quality. The Professional Pet Self Cleaning Slicker Brush by Aritan checks all the boxes and comes really close to becoming a perfect slicker brush.

The design of Self Cleaning Slicker Brush by Aritan is among the few things that make this brush truly stand out from the crowd. We are talking about an all-plastic build with a comb that has steel pins. It is a slicker brush, so the inclusion of steel pins isn’t really a surprise. What is a surprise, however, is the angle at which they sit.

The pins sit at an angle of 60 degrees. Apparently, this acute angle has the advantage of making the comb run through the fur more smoothly. It also makes the pins more able to break up knots and less likely to scratch the skin. So as a whole, the process of grooming becomes smoother and safe.

Aside from the pins, the brush has an ergonomic handle. The handle boasts a rubber grip so as to increase the traction, making handling easy. On the top part of the handle, there is a button. The button initiates the self-cleaning mechanism of the brush. This is the big draw of the Professional Pet Self Cleaning Slicker Brush by Aritan. You don’t have to mess around with the comb while cleaning the brush. Simply push the button and remove the hair.

All in all, the self-cleaning slicker brush from Aritan deserves your attention, so make sure you don’t overlook this one.

 Things I really like
  • The brush will last a long time all thanks to its good build quality
  • It performs extremely well and picks up a lot of loose hair
  • Self-cleaning functionality makes cleaning the brush a breeze
  • Angled needles do make a difference when it comes to grooming
  • Cheaper than most other self-cleaning, slicker brushes on the market
 Things I don’t like
  • Might be a little too big for smaller cats

8. DELE Dog Massage Brush


 Key Facts
  • Comb: Silicon comb
  • Handle: Silica gel handle that is soft to the touch
  • Self-Cleaning: No self-cleaning functionality
  • Multifunctional: Can be used for things other than grooming like sheep blanket cleaning

The next brush on this list is for people who don’t want a grooming glove and also have their reservations with a slicker brush. The DELE Dog Massage Brush is a brush unlike anything else on this list.

So, what makes it so different? The thing that makes this brush so unique is the way it is built. Unlike slicker brushes which have a plastic frame and stainless steel pins, the DELE Dog Massage Brush is made from silicone. From the handle to the pins on the comb, everything is made from silicone.

A question which is popping in everyone’s mind right now:

But why silicone?

There are a couple of reasons for it:

  • Silicone provides excellent grip
  • It makes the brush washable
  • Softer and more durable than stainless steel

When it comes to removing loose hair and dead skin, the DELE Dog Massage Brush does an excellent job. The silicone tips do what they are supposed to. That is removing hair without damaging the skin. Being soft on the skin is the reason why this brush is marketed as a bathing brush. It works like a charm when used during bathing.

The other noteworthy thing about this brush is the soft silicone handle. Unlike most other brushes on the market who have a plastic handle, the DELE Dog Massage Brush’s silicone handle is soft and non-slip. This means that no matter what how awkward a position you are in during a grooming session, the brush won’t leave your hand. (How I wish my motivation was made from silicone!)

So here are my 2 cents:

If you are looking for a bathing brush, get this one.

 Things I really like
  • Excellent durability so it will last for years to comes
  • The brush has just the right amount of rigidity to the comb
  • Silicone handle provides plenty of grips
  • Cleaning the brush is a non-issue since it is washable
  • Very well priced
 Things I don’t like
  • Some cats might get irritated by silicone

9. Oscar Frank Universal Plastic Brush


 Key Facts
  • Comb: Metallic pins on a curved plastic base
  • Handle: Plastic handle
  • Self-Cleaning: No self-cleaning functionality
  • Easy refunds: 30 days easy return policy

Here is a quick question:

What do most people look for in a brush?

You already know the answer. People look for a brush that does what it was meant to do. If you are one of those people that just want your brush to clean and nothing else, then the Oscar Frank Universal Plastic Brush is for you.

Jumping right in and we have a brush that is simple as it gets. No self-cleaning functionality. No silicone, no rubber, and certainly no clunky mechanism. A plastic handle is supporting a comb that has stainless steel pins. That’s it. But don’t mistake this simplicity with poor performance because, as I have already mentioned before, the Oscar Frank Universal Plastic Brush picks up loose hair like there’s no tomorrow.

Talking about cleaning, the comb is curved. This curved nature of the comb helps in more than way. Firstly, it helps with the grooming as the brush just glides through the fur. The pins break up knots and matting all the while picking up loose hair. The action is smooth, and the amount of hair it picks up is incredible, what more can you ask for?

If there is one thing that I don’t like about this brush, its this:

The handle is a little flimsy and tends to break up quite easily.

 Things I really like
  • It removes hair effectively and thoroughly
  • The curved design of the handle allows it to run through the fur smoothly
  • The handle has a contoured design which makes it ergonomic and non-slip
  • Really well priced
 Things I don’t like
  • Cleaning the brush after you are done grooming is frustrating
  • Handle breaks quite easily when dropped

10. Two-Sided Pet Grooming Glove By Tasera


 Key Facts
  • Type: Grooming glove
  • Material: Rubber glove with polyester tips on the inner surface
  • Washable: Yes, machine washable
  • Short/Long Hair: Works great for both short-haired and long-haired cats

The last entry on this list is yet another grooming glove made by a company called Tasera. Needless to say, the glove deserves a spot among the Best Cat Hair Removers and has been given one.

Starting things off with the design and we come to see why this glove deserves a place on this list. If you have been paying attention, then you might have noticed that all the gloves that have been featured here are almost identical. Same design, same inner surface with rubber pins and same performance across the board. The only differentiating factors were the price and the build.

This is where the Two-Sided Pet Grooming Brush By Tasera is different. Sure it has the same design, the same inner surface, and the same performance. But what makes it unique is its double-sided nature.

Now you may ask me:

What do you mean by double-sided?

By double-sided I mean it has the rubber tips on both sides of the glove. You can groom your cat with either side. When one side gets all filled with hair, rather than fumbling around and removing hair from it, simply switch sides and keep on grooming. This is the biggest selling point of this glove.

Aside from this double-sided nature, the Two-Sided Pet Grooming Brush By Tasera is also one of the most budget-friendly gloves on the market. Its price makes it a killer deal.

 Things I really like
  • It performs like a champ and picks up plenty of loose hair
  • The breathable fabric is a huge plus as it makes the glove comfortable to use for a longer period of time
  • Machine washable
  • This is an absolute steal when it comes to its price
 Things I don’t like
  • You only get one glove in the package which is a bummer
  • The seam and stitching of the glove is perhaps the biggest flaw as the seam isn’t well done and can come loose when used for an extended amount of time

How to Properly Groom Your Cat

Now that you know what brush or glove to get, its time for you to learn how to properly and safely groom your cat. There are many steps to this process. So make sure you pay attention to each one.

Make Your Cat Feel Safe

The first step to grooming your cat is to make it feel safe. This process is simple but requires patience and a little bit of tenacity. Ideally, you should introduce your cat to grooming at an early age. The perfect age to do it is when your cat is still a kitten. If you start early, by the time your cat grows up, it will already be pretty familiar with the process.

First, introduce your cat to the brush you are going to be using. Take the brush or a glove and let your cat smell and touch it. Once your kitty determines the tool doesn’t pose any threat, you are free to pick it up and slowly brush your cat.

If at any time your cat starts resisting or wants to get away, let it go. Using force is always a bad idea. Like I have said, this process requires patience and tenacity, so get ready to do this over and over again.

Groom Along The Fur

The next is to learn the proper way to groom your cat.

Hold your cat in a comfortable position. Ideally, hold your cat in a way that provides support to the head and back. Remember, the more comfortable and secure your hold, the easier it will be for you to brush your cat.

Next up, pick the tool you want to use. If you are using a brush, start from the head and move down to the tail. Keep brushing along the fur. Don’t brush against the fur. Brushing against the fur is not only painful for your cat, but it also makes the grooming difficult. Keep doing this until you are satisfied that you have picked up all the loose hair from the back and the neck.

A word of advice:

Don’t brush areas such as the underbelly and certainly not the face. These areas are very sensitive, so steer clear of them.

Use A Conditioner

After you are done grooming, take a bristle brush, some cat conditioner and use this to straighten the fur out. Using a conditioner is advisable since it not only keeps the fur straight but also nourishes the scalp. As a result, your cat stays healthy and shining.

Treats Are Always A Good Idea

Ask any professional pet trainer, and they will tell you:

Nothing works better than treats when it comes to training your pet.

Adopt this rule for yourself and always offer treats to your kitty after a grooming session. Treats will entice your cat to want more so it will look forward to the next session rather than running away.

Benefits To Removing Your Cat’s Hair

There are a lot of health benefits associated with grooming. Some of them are:

  • Brushing your cat regularly prevents the formation of mats. Matting is a condition in which hair gets tangled, and knots are formed. Matting is a particularly troublesome condition for cats. So brushing makes sure that no mats are formed
  • Brushing removes loose hair. The removal of loose hair is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, the removal of loose hair encourages the growth of new hair, which keeps the fur looking healthy. Secondly, the removal of the loose hair will make your cat shed less
  • Brushing your cat increases the flow of blood and natural oils. Increased quantity of natural oil is a key factor in a cat’s skin nourishment. Natural oils keep the skin of a cat healthy and prevent sensitivity and irritation
  • Brushing allows you to keep track of fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks are the main culprits behind several skin problems. so it is necessary that you keep an eye on these little trouble makers
  • Grooming your cat on a regular basis allows you to monitor parts of a cat’s body which would otherwise be ignored. Ears, neck, and armpits are the areas which often get overlooked. During grooming, you get a chance to observe any problems that might be irritating your feline
  • Grooming helps reduce skin sensitivity. Upon bruising, the sensitive skin experiences an increased blood flow, which helps immensely with sensitive skins. Wounds and scratches also benefit from it
  • And perhaps most importantly, grooming fosters a stronger bond between you and your cat. When you hold your cat and brush it gently for a few minutes every day, the practice results in your cat being more trusting. So not only does your cat get healthy in the process, but you also form a strong bond with it

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all cats shed?

Shedding is a natural process. All cats shed. The difference lies in the timing and the amount of fur a cat sheds at one time. These two things vary from one breed to another. As a general rule, cats with thick fur and a dense undercoat will shed more than cats with shorter and thinner fur. Shedding can create several problems, so it is advisable that you groom your cat regularly.

How can I reduce cat hair at home?

There are several ways to reduce cat hair. Some of them are:

  • Groom your cat at least twice a week. Grooming makes sure that there are no loose hair and dead undercoat which can, not only, wind up in your house but can also cause various digestive disorders. Consuming furballs is a common problem among cats. This problem stems from a lack of proper grooming
  • Don’t directly wash the bedding and any other piece of cloth that has cat hair on it. First run such clothes through a no-heat, air dryer and then wash them. The air dryer will pick the hair up from the clothes which can then be washed effectively
  • Use lint rollers on your bedsheets and couch if you find cat hair on them. Lint rollers are a proven solution and work really well

How do you get cat hair off clothes without a lint roller?

While lint rollers are the best way to remove cat hair from clothes and furniture, if you are in a hurry you can use:

  • Sticky tape to remove cat hair. Wound some tape around your hand and run your hand over the surface you want to clean. The hair will stick to the tape
  • If you don’t have any sticky tape, you can also use a mixture of water and a fabric softener to remove cat hair. Simply spray the mixture and then wipe the surface with something clean like a napkin

How can I calm my cat for grooming?

Calming your cat for grooming is just like calming a baby. Just like a baby, you have to be patient and very careful. Do the following:

  • Take the process of grooming as a series of steps the first being your kitty’s introduction to the tool you will be using to groom it
  • Hold your cat in a comfortable position and gently massage its fur. This will calm your cat, and It will become more trusting
  • Once you have done the above, try using a brush or a grooming glove. If your cat resists stop at once and don’t use force
  • If your cat likes it, keep going and groom your cat
  • Be sure to repeat this twice a week
  • I will say it again, don’t ever use force to keep your cat still. Using force will only make matters worse

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