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12 Best Brushes For Maine Coons

The Maine Coon is one of the world's largest domesticated cats, and its long flowing hair will take a lot of care to keep it looking great and avoid tangles and mats that can be uncomfortable for your cat.

However, with so many various types of brushes available, determining which one is the best can be difficult. We've chosen ten distinct, easily accessible brands to review so you can see the differences.

BestForPets (bestforpets.org) will tell you about our experience using them on our cat and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each.

We've also included a brief buyer's guide in which we'll go over what makes one brush better than another and what you should look for if you continue to shop.

Continue reading as we cover type, durability, ergonomics, and other factors to help you make an informed purchase. Here are the best brushes for Maine Coons that we believe you should get.


Best Value – Hartz Groomer’s Best Combo Dog Brush

The Hartz Groomer’s Best Combo Dog Brush is our budget-friendly option for the best brush for a Maine Coon. It features two sides, each with a distinct bristle type that can be used for a different task.

The nylon bristle side is ideal for eliminating loose hair and properly dispersing natural oils throughout the hair to keep it strong. The steel bristle side is great for getting rid of tangles and mats.

The Hartz Groomer’s is an excellent brush that is both effective and affordable. The only complaint we have is that the brush is rather huge and can be difficult to use at times.


  • Two perspectives
  • Bristles made of nylon and steel
  • A secure grasp


  • Large dimensions

Premium Pet Republique Dematting Rake

The Pet Republique Dematting Rake is our top pick for a Maine Coon cat brush. It has two sides, much like the other brands we’ve looked at, but it’s radically different in design. This instrument has steel blades that act as combs.

The blades are rounded at the tip to avoid scratching or cutting your pet’s skin, but the inside has a sharp edge to thin the hair and cut away tangles and knots.

The steel blades are incredibly sturdy and will not rust or dull, and the ergonomic grip is comfortable to grasp and will not cause hand soreness, even if you need to do more than one cat.

The Pet Republique has the disadvantage of being messy to use because it doesn’t grab and hold the fur like other brushes and instead lets it fall to the floor, allowing the hair to get everywhere, and it doesn’t do much to spread the natural oils through the fur, so you may need to use a second brush.


  • Two perspectives
  • Simple to clean
  • Extremely long-lasting
  • Ergonomic grip


  • It can be messy.
  • It does not disperse natural oils.

Safari Cat Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush

The Safari Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush for Cats is the first brand on our list with retractable bristles, and it can be a useful tool, especially if you have difficulty removing the fur from other types.

When you’re finished grooming, simply click a button to retract the pins, allowing you to collect the hair in one huge clump. The stainless-steel pins will not rust, and it performs an excellent job of removing tangles and loose hair.

The one disadvantage of using the Safari Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush was that the bristles were a little sharp, which some of our cats didn’t appreciate.

The strong bristles also make it inappropriate for short-haired cats, so if you have more than one, you’ll need another.


  • Pins that retract
  • Pins made of stainless steel
  • Simple to use


  • Bristles that are sharp

Cat Slicker Brush Firm FURminator

Another excellent brush for a Maine Coon is the FURminator Firm Slicker Brush For Dogs. Despite its name, it is effective on cats, and the thin metal bristles are gentle and effective at removing loose hair and detangling fur.

The head features two sides, one with straight bristles and the other with curved bristles, so you can use whichever works best for you.

The head bends as you use it, according to your body, and the ergonomic handle is comfortable to hold while you work your way through the fur.

We adore this brush and found it to be fantastic for handling the fur of a Maine Coon. The only issue we experienced with the FURminator Firm Slicker was that it was difficult to pull the fur out of the bristles after finished.


  • Two perspectives
  • Head flex
  • Ergonomic grip
  • Plastic that is antimicrobial


  • Cleaning is difficult.

Andis Stainless Steel Pet Comb

The Andis Steel Pet Comb resembles a conventional hair comb used by humans. The large teeth on one end of the come are ideal for removing tangles, while the thinner teeth positioned closer together are ideal for straightening the hair.

The thin teeth of the Andis comb are easily bent, so after a few weeks, we had numerous bent teeth, and the big size of the comb makes it a bit difficult to use, and while it works well on the Maine Coon, it is not ideal for any short hair cats.


  • Teeth that are wide and thin
  • 316L stainless steel
  • Excellent for knots


  • Teeth are capable of bending.
  • Large dimensions

Slicker Brush for Dogs and Cats by Hertzko

Another useful model is the Hertzko Self-Cleaning Dog & Cat Slicker Brush, which has retractable bristles that make cleaning the brush a breeze.

When you’re done grooming, you release the button, and the pins retract, allowing you to collect the hair in one huge clump.

The stainless-steel bristles remain inside the head during storage, reducing the possibility of them becoming bent, and the soft-grip handle is more comfortable to use during extended sessions.

Unfortunately, the Hertzko has certain drawbacks as well. The main issue is that you must hold the button down while using it, which can become tiring after a few minutes and may be tough if you have long nails.

Some cats may dislike the bristles since they are sharp and can scratch, and the pins bend readily. Because of this, ours stopped retracting properly after a few sessions.


  • Bristles that retract
  • Ergonomic grip
  • Bristles made of stainless steel


  • You must keep the button pressed the entire time.
  • Bristles flex
  • It’s possible to scratch

FURminator Dog & Cat Hair Collection Brush

The only four-sided brush on our list is the FURminator Hair Collection Dog & Cat Brush. Each side has a unique set of bristles for grooming your Maine Coon.

Because the bristles are rubber, they will not scratch or harm your pet, but they will generate static electricity, which will catch and hold fur as well as dirt particles, making your pet’s coat look healthy and shining.

The rubber is also very resilient, so you will get a lot of use out of your brush. We liked the look of the FURminator Hair Collection Brush, but it didn’t function as well as we had planned.

The rubber brushes were ineffective at eliminating tangles, and they didn’t pull up much fur. What fur it did collect was difficult to remove, even after we ran it in hot water as directed.


  • Brush with four sides
  • Rubber that is long-lasting


  • It doesn’t attract a lot of fur.
  • Not suitable for tangling
  • Cleaning is difficult.

How to Choose the Best Brushes for Maine Coons

Let’s take a look at a few things to think about when purchasing your next brush for a Maine Coon.

Brush Design


Most people will want to buy at least one comb because it is a simple, inexpensive, and effective tool for grooming their cat. There is no other tool that is as excellent at eliminating tangles and knots as this one.

The stiff teeth can be used to unravel and break apart knots without having to cut them out. Combs are often made of plastic or metal, with teeth spaced farther apart at one end than the other.

Metal combs are often more successful at removing knots, but not so much at removing loose fur. Plastic combs may be slightly better for hair removal because they generate static, which can catch the hair and force it to stick to the comb.

Brush with a Pin

The pin brush resembles a regular hairbrush, but it contains metal or plastic pins that are effective at removing loose hair, especially during the shedding seasons of spring and fall.

The disadvantage of pin brushes is that many of them are sharp, and they can scratch your cat, causing it to flee and avoid the brush in the future.

The pins are also rather weak and readily bend. To avoid scratches and injuries, we recommend selecting a brush with balls on the tip.

Brush with Bristles

The bristle brush is another well-known brush, with hundreds of plastic bristles covering the head. This is a terrific finishing brush for smoothing the coat and bringing out the shine by dispersing the oils evenly throughout the fur.

Some brushes are better at removing fur than others, but none are exceptional at eliminating tangles or knots.


The rubber glove method is simple to use and quite successful in collecting wayward hair. The static created by the rubber surface enables the fur to adhere to the glove, making it easy to remove.

The hair then easily comes off, allowing you to reuse it. The rubber, on the other hand, pulls at the fur, which might irritate your cat, especially if done regularly, and this instrument is ineffective against tangles or knots.

Tool for Shedding

The final brush on our list is the de-shedding tool. This type is similar to a comb, and it features metal blades with round tips to avoid scratching your pet as you use it.

A sharp edge inside the blade, on the other hand, can cut the hair as you pull it through. These tools are excellent for removing mats and knots, as well as for thinned hair that is less susceptible to tangle.

Pins that retract

If you use a pin-style brush, you will notice that it works well for removing stray hair but is difficult to clean. Some types include a retracting mechanism that makes cleaning considerably easier.

With the touch of a button or the pressure of a trigger, this feature pulls the pins into the head, allowing you to collect the fur in one huge ball.

However, when selecting a retracting brush, we recommend scrutinizing the mechanism to ensure that it retracts when you press the button and does not retract when you let it go, or your hand may grow exhausted and you may accidentally release the hair.


Some brushes can get rather huge and difficult to handle, particularly if you have small hands. Before purchasing one, we recommend trying out a few versions to determine what size is comfortable to use while staying effective.


The pin brush is one of the most problematic instruments in terms of durability. The thin stainless steel or plastic pins bend and even break easily.

We sought to select brands with somewhat thicker pins for increased durability, and we pointed out those that appeared flimsy.


When it comes to choosing your next brush for a Maine Coon, we strongly recommend our top selection. The Hertzko Self-Cleaning Dog & Cat Slicker Brush is ideal for these massive cats’ lengthy fur.

The pins will grip the loose fur and pull it out in big quantities, especially during the spring and fall shedding seasons. It’s well-balanced and easy to grip.

Hartz Groomer’s Best Combo Dog Brush is another excellent brush and our pick for best value. This low-cost brush has two sides with various bristle types.

The bristle side will keep the fur smooth and spread the oils throughout the hair, while the pin brush side will grip the fur and remove it swiftly.

BestForPets (bestforpets.org) hopes you enjoyed reading these reviews and discovered a couple you’d want to try.

If our guide on the best brushes for Maine Coons has helped you keep your cat’s fur shining and healthy, please share it on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dr. Deborah Fletcher

Deborah R. Fletcher, DVM, is a skilled veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience dealing with companion and exotic animals. She has experience caring for a variety of animals, including household cats and dogs, reptiles, birds of prey, and even primates. Dr. Fletcher is a valuable part of the BestForPets team, where she contributes to their aim of providing pets and their owners with the finest possible treatment and services.

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