British shorthair cats can grow to a height of 12 – 14 inches, and these cats weigh 7 to 17 pounds on average. You’ll enjoy the companionship of a shorthair for 12 – 20 years, so you better know how to brush them properly.
Medium-to-large in size, these cats are a solid build and males are much larger in size.
These cats look like teddy bears, and they have small ears, which make them a top choice among potential cat owners. These cats have medium-long tails and their coat is short. The issue is that these cats have a dense coat, so you’ll need to groom them often to keep their hair under control.
What’s the best brush for British shorthair cats?
I find it best to use a variety of tools to make sure that your cat is well-groomed.
1. Slicker Brush
Slicker brushes are the go-to brush that most people have in their homes. These brushes work for medium- to long-coated cats, and they will help you remove:
- Loose hair
- Dead hair
If you have an outside cat, the slicker brush is a great choice. A slicker brush will work to keep the cat’s loose hair under control and also to keep mats from occurring. The problem is that most people don’t brush their cat often enough to realize these benefits.
Medium- and long-coated cats should be brushed daily for best results.
Even if you brush your cat for just five minutes, when done routinely, this will be more than enough to remove loose and dead hair. These brushes are curved or slanted, and their tiny teeth make them great for pulling out loose hair.
Cats that have mats in their fur can benefit from a few tools. Groomers may choose to use clippers to cut the mats out of the cat’s hair. This may be difficult to do, depending on your cat’s temperament, so keep this in mind before using a clipper.
Another option is to use a matbreaker.
Matbreakers are designed for long-haired cats, but they’re also a great option for any cat that suffers from frequent mats.
The matbreaker actually has blades rather than teeth. The idea is to push the blades through the mat to remove just the part of the coat that has a mat. If you use a brush on the matted hair, there is a good choice that you’ll pull on the hair.
And when your cat feels this pull and pain, he or she is likely to swat as a result.
2. Mitt Brush
One of the best brushes for a British shorthair cat is the mitt brush. These brushes are mitts, so you’ll wear them just like a glove. The benefit of this is that the glove is used on the hand, so you can pet your cat and show it attention, too.
When you use a mitt brush, cats will love the attention, and they’re be less likely to run away.
Less threatening in nature, mitt brushes will come in a variety of styles: mittens, rubber gloves or vinyl gloves. The gloves have one side with “teeth.” Cats often prefer these gloves because you’re petting the hair away.
The soft teeth will remove much of your cat’s:
- Dead hair
You’ll also be able to move the natural oils in the cat’s fur around, allowing it to make the coat soft and shiny. The sleek coat will be smoother, too. The good news is that you can use your mitt brush on any type of cat.
3. Dual-Sided Brush
When you choose a dual-sided brush, you’re making a good investment. These brushes are made to be used on either side, and they’re great for medium-length coats. There are differences between the two sides of the brush:
- Fine Tooth. The fine tooth side of the brush has bristles that are close together. With close bristles, you’ll be able to remove a lot of the loose hair your cat has when shedding. The fine-tooth bristles are great hair collectors, but they’re also rougher on the cat’s coat, making it easy to pull on the cat’s hair.
- Soft Bristle. A soft bristle side is available, too. The soft bristles are much further apart and they’re soft, which means they won’t pull or snag on the coat. These soft bristles are the ideal choice to remove hair tangles and spread natural oils around the dog’s fur.
I recommend this brush because it provides a lot of options when grooming your cat. What I like to do is use the soft side to remove all of the tangles and mats in the cat’s hair. You’ll also remove a lot of the dirt and clumps in the hair at this time.
Afterward, I use the fine-tooth side of the brush to remove any remaining hair, dirt, dander and dead hair.
4. Shedding Combs
If you want to be extra diligent when grooming your pet, you’ll want to use a shedding comb. These combs are often sold for dogs, but they work just as well on cats. The thing that I like about these combs is that they have teeth that are wide and teeth that are close.
Your shorthair will prefer teeth that are closer together.
The teeth that are closer together are called greyhound combs. I find these combs best for a variety of cat breeds. The great thing about these combs is that they help get rid of tangles in your cat’s hair.
Dead skin and loose hair will also come off with a shedding comb.
What’s nice about owning a British shorthair is that they are less active than other cat breeds. The lack of activity makes these cats require less grooming. Some owners state that they only need to groom this breed once a week, but I find this to be too little – especially if the cat is older.
Older cats groom themselves less efficiently, so they’ll benefit from a routine brushing.
If your cat is new to grooming, you can wet your hands and brush them over the cat’s coat. The process will remove the loose hair from the cat, but if your cat doesn’t like water, expect him to run off.