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7 Grooming Tools to Help Your Cat Look Met Gala Ready

Give them the day off from self-grooming.

by Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen
Updated March 3, 2023
white and brown cat being brushed

When it comes to their everyday hygiene, your cat is kind of like you — they’ve got it covered and don’t need any help, thanks. In fact, if you tried to give them a tongue bath, it would be as weird as them trying to help you wash your hair in the shower (awkward, unnecessary, and gross). Still, low-maintenance is not no-maintenance. And, as much as they may beg to differ, your cat could use a hand with their primping every now and then. We’ve rounded up six cat grooming products and one plush robe (because: this guy) you never knew you needed.

Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)

One way that cats express their affection for us is by licking us, which draws upon memories of how their mothers groomed them. Uh, no, we aren’t going to suggest you actually lick your cat. (We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.) The LICKI brush is the perfect way to return the favor and give your cat the sensation of being lovingly groomed. The tongue-shaped silicone brush has a flat end that fits into a human mouth so you can make like a mama cat and, well, you get the picture. It’s pretty weird, but hey, the things we do for love.

The sweetest kitten can metamorphose into a feral tiger when threatened with a nail trim. For this delicate operation, we suggest gingerly approaching your cat, ideally when they’re sleeping, and muster as many snips as possible before they realize they’re under siege. Millers Forge’s plier-style clippers are the best nail trimmers that should be in every cat owner’s tool kit. They are spring-loaded for cutting precision and the safety stop prevents over-cutting.

Maybe you’ve been reading along, chuckling, thinking, Yeah no, my cat’s not going be cool with any of this. We’ve got you. If you’ve lost many battles attempting to groom your cat, a grooming bag will get the job done and will be a little less intimidating to your cat than a pair of falconry gloves. Just zip your cat securely into the bag (super easy – JK) and poke one paw at a time out through front and rear zippers. Ask for forgiveness later.

Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen

Mai Lynn Miller Nguyen is a freelance culture writer who launched a neighborhood publication called The Pet Times while in elementary school. She is a devoted (read: obsessed) pet parent to Pippi, a spirited little orange cat who was found in the wilds of Michigan in 2020, has since crossed the country three times, and loves to climb trees. 

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