If your cat has long fur which regularly knots and mats, or if your dog leaves your bed 90% hair when they wake up in the morning, then using a grooming glove to keep them groomed and free of loose hairs is a great idea.
Not only can it reduce the likelihood of furballs in cats or itching with your dog, but your soft furnishings will probably thank you for it too. You can often choose from brushes, combs and pet grooming gloves, but we’d say to have all three to hand.
Gloves are best for any nervous pets who don’t usually like grooming. Or alternatively, those who love a fuss and a pet! They can feel the ‘hand’ when the grooming glove is in use. It also looks a little less scary for them – big brushes going near them can sometimes be overwhelming.
But for some breeds with thicker, longer hair, you may also need a wire or bristle brush. These will get a bit deeper when dogs and cats are losing their winter coats. Combs can be great for an even deeper brush, or for more gentle areas.
Cats and dogs can use the same form of a glove. But it is worth noting that different types can offer different results. Some have longer nodules that can work deeper into the fur, but others are more like gardening gloves for shorter hair.
You also need to think about your chosen hand and how it will fit you. A lot of grooming gloves come as pairs, so you have one for each hand. But others will come as lone individual gloves. Some of these don’t have fingers (so are like mitts) or are reversible, so you can use them on either hand. But some are sold with a right-handed preference, so if you’re left-handed you may need to look further.