cat being combed for fleas

What Are The Best Flea Combs For Cats, Easy To Use And Good Value?


​Updated June 2019

A flea comb for a cat is specifically designed to be used on​ the fur of a cat, the intention being to pick up fleas in the teeth of the comb as the cat is being combed.

Some cats love being combed and others, well they will be running for the hills.

It is something that is a good idea to start when your cat is a kitten​ so that he ​thinks it ​is quite normal instead of straining to escape. Not all cats will want to escape​, some cats love being combed and will purr contentedly.

It’s all about the loving attention with the added bonus that your cat is getting a de flea at the same time.

In a hurry? Head ​to Recommendations (link in the Contents) for a quick summary.





Why Use A Flea Comb For A Cat?

The​ benefit of using a flea comb is that it is a totally chemical free option to get rid of fleas, however if you have a flea infestation it may be difficult to control just by using a comb.


A flea comb ​is an excellent part of ​a flea treating regime for your cat. ​Often cat owners will use another method for the main form of control and use a flea comb as ongoing maintenance.


Inside cats generally do not have problems with fleas (be watchful because that status can quickly change) and a flea comb may be all that is needed to keep the flea situation under control. ​Use a flea comb on a regular basis and your cat will get used to being combed.

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​Before Using The Flea Comb?

Before using a flea comb it is a good idea to detangle first, particularly if your cat has long or thick fur.

This is because the teeth on flea combs are spaced very close together and are specifically designed that way to pick up fleas. If the fur on your kitty cat is matted or tangled the job will be that much harder.

Have a large bowl or bucket (at least two thirds full) of warm soapy water and some paper towels within easy reach.

​The depth of the bucket and the amount of water lessens the chance of the fleas jumping out and escaping to freedom so keep this in mind when choosing a container.

How To Use ​The Cat Flea Comb

  1. Run the flea comb through ​the cat's fur several times. Use a firm but gentle pressure.
  2. Dip the comb into the hot soapy water and shake the comb to make sure the fleas are released into the water. The hot soapy water will kill the fleas.
  3. Wipe the comb with a paper towel to remove any debris or soap that might be clinging to the comb. If the fleas are stubbornly remaining attached to the comb use a toothbrush or toothpick to dislodge the fleas.
  4. Repeat the process.

Handy Hints For Success When Using a Cat Flea Comb

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​Have a few tasty little kitty treats as motivation for kitty

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​Have another person as backup to hold kitty if needed

Can't See The Fleas?

If you are having trouble seeing the fleas, tap the comb onto a piece of white paper to see the fleas. Any of specks may reveal flea infestation.

Dark or reddish tiny particles are a sign of fleas, the spots are flea dirt, the digested blood the fleas have already consumed.

You will be able to see the fleas clearly on the comb as shown in the video below.​


Cat Flea Combs Reviewed

We have reviewed five cat flea combs and looked at the pros and cons of each.

You might think that all flea combs would be the same and they do have similarities however there are some differences worth noting; such a double row design to catch fleas, metal pins, rounded pins to protect the skin and the design of the comb itself.

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Safari Flea Comb with a Double Row Of Teeth

This comb has a clever double row design which traps the fleas and removes debris.

A good habit is to use the comb after a​ flea shampoo or flea powder treatment as an added step in the prevention of fleas.

The handle is long and easy to grip and the comb is sturdy. ​

The teeth are not very long, if your cat has very long hair then a long toothed comb might be a better choice. Have a look at the Hertzko comb below.

Sometimes the double row of teeth can make it hard to get into smaller nooks and crannies however the comb holds the fleas well because of the double row of teeth.

It is suitable for using on kittens.

5 of 5 Stars
2

Hertzko Double Sided Flea Comb

​​This is a double sided flea comb​. One side of the comb has widely spaced teeth ​which are perfect for detangling before using the finer teeth on the other side to remove fleas and flea eggs.

The ends of the teeth are rounded so the skin of the cat will be protected.

The double sides of this comb are a huge bonus as it does two jobs in the one product, detangling plus removing fleas. Cats with long hair or thick coats will usually need detangling before combing.

It is suitable for all hair types and has a 30 day money back guarantee.

4.5 of 5 Stars
​3

Oster Flea Comb

​Because the teeth of this flea comb are placed tightly together the comb is able to pick up fleas and flea eggs.

It is a sturdy construction and has metal teeth. It also fits nicely into the palm of the hand.

Flea combs are specially designed with the teeth turned 90 degrees away from the skin. This is to ensure the teeth are parallel to the skin while combing thus providing protection for the skin and comfort for the cat.

The teeth on this comb are approximately 3/4 inch long.

Unlike chemical products a flea comb can be used at any time even when using chemical based treatments such as spot treatments or flea collars.

A two pack product is a great idea​ as the combs can be located in different parts of the house - kitties are always on the move.

The tips of the teeth are not too sharp and will not irritate skin. It is really  personal preference regarding a comb with a handle​ rather than this one which fits into the palm of the hand.

4 of 5 Stars
​4

​​Four Paws Magic Coat Cat Flea Comb

​​The pins are ​sturdy and long to reach deep into the coat to remove fleas, ticks and their eggs. Note: This comb may not remove eggs efficiently because of the spacing onf the teeth.


If you comb regularly a flea comb will also reduce the amount of cat hair around the home.


​The handle has been designed so that it is comfort​able to hold maximizing efficiency using the comb and getting into the curves and grooves where fleas like to hide.  



​3.5 of 5 Stars
​5

Berso Flea Comb

​​This product has an easy to grip, non slip rubber handle.

There are 70 stainless steel teeth or pins and they are spaced closely together to aid picking up fleas.

The comb removes, fleas, flea eggs and debris.

​3 of 5 Stars

Our Recommendation is...

Safari Flea Comb with a Double Row Of Teeth

Quality

​​​The double row of teeth is a clever idea to pick up fleas that may escape the first row of teeth​.  It is a simple but ingenious design that doubles the chances of trapping the fleas between the teeth of the comb.

The comb is suitable for cats and dogs and is recommended by professional groomers.

Overall rating :  5 / 5

​The Hertzko double sided cat flea comb is also a contender for ​top spot specially for cats that have long hair, as it is both a detangler and a flea comb.

It is a double sided comb, one side for detangling and one side for fleas. ​The teeth are rounded to be kind to your cat’s skin. ​

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