Keeping your cat well groomed and regularly brushed is really important for both coat and skin health. Some owners find it incredibly difficult to get their cat to sit through a brushing, that’s where cat grooming gloves come in to play.
You may be totally new to the idea, since these glove style grooming tools have traditionally only been required for bigger animals (dogs, horses etc), but rest assured they’re becoming a popular accessory.
Different brushes and gloves produce different results, naturally. Grooming gloves are fantastic for natural brushing, and do a really good job of deshedding and smoothing out any knots in your cat’s coat. Some cat models are available in pairs, and other as a single gloves (often offering both right and left as an order option).
We’re happy to say that these gloves really do work. Not only that, your cat will be much happier being groomed by a glove than they would be with a harsh brush.
Although the teeth on grooming gloves are much further apart when compared to a brush or comb, they still pick up a considerable amount of loose fur, making them perfect for deshedding.
Do cat grooming gloves work?
They’re also suitable for use when your cat is wet, so they’re ideal during bath times and help to work a cat shampoo through their coat and provide much better coverage.
What other benefits are there to a grooming glove as opposed to a brush?
A nice feature of a these gloves is that the removal of fur from the glove after deshedding is typically very easy. With some of the cheap cat gloves you might have a little trouble, but choose an option from a good brand, and it will more than likely have been manufactured with this in mind.
They’re also super easy to clean. Rubber grooming gloves just need a quick swill under water to clean off any dirty or muck that’s been picked up during use.
Our favorite thing about them is that they feel so nice to use. It’s such a natural feeling to stroke your cat, and a good fitting grooming glove makes the same motion a grooming experience.
It being a natural motion and sensation, your cat is much more likely to be accepting of you grooming them with a glove as opposed to a brush. They also tend to catch less in fur than normal deshedding tools, so that’s a big plus for your cat’s comfort during the process.
How should I use a cat grooming glove?
The same process applies to grooming your cat with a glove as it does when using a brush. Having a glove means your cat is likely to be more accepting of the brushing, since it’s an activity and sensation they are already accustomed to when you stroke them.
Because of this, you might get away with using a grooming mitt or glove when the cat is in a playful mood.
You still won’t have much luck if you interrupt your cat while they’re on their way somewhere though.
Wait for your cat to be in a relaxed state before you start trying to groom with them any tool, and start slowly. There’s no need to start wildly or vigorously brushing your cat with the glove. Nice smooth long strokes are plenty good enough.
It should be obvious when your cat has had enough, and it’s important you check for signs of frustration and know when to stop. You don’t want your cat to resent the glove and steer clear of it in future.
What makes a good quality grooming glove?
Your first concern here (as with anything) should be your pet’s safety and comfort. Cheap grooming gloves for cats are likely to be made from poor quality materials and potentially include plastics that can be harmful to your cat’s skin.
A good quality grooming glove doesn’t need to cost a fortune though, some of the more affordable gloves for grooming are still manufactured by well established brands. These gloves have all the qualities you’d be looking for in terms of comfort for both yourself and your cat.
Having soft but durable rubber tipped ends on the glove ensures that your cat doesn’t feel any discomfort and the gloves last a lifetime.
The space between each of the rubber tips should be enough to avoid catching frequently in knots, but close together enough to pull up loose fur and deshed your cat.
You can order your cat grooming gloves from our shop with confidence !