Yes, Cats Need Grooming Too!
We all know how fastidious cats are when it comes to their own grooming! They spend most of their days basking in the sunny spots of the house and grooming themselves. Because of this, most believe their beloved feline friend can do without any type of grooming, but this is not the case.
Grooming improves the health of your cat’s skin and coat, helps you keep an eye on its health and can prevent digestive issues caused by hairballs.
Here are a few grooming tips:
Before you begin any grooming session for the first time make sure you start out slow. Gradually accustom the cat to the process. Start out with 5 to 10 minute sessions and praise your cat along the way. If your cat shows any signs of distress or anxiety stop and try again later. With time hopefully your cat will actually come to enjoy being groomed.
- Brush in the direction that the hair naturally lays, never against the ‘grain’ and be extra gentle around the belly and chest.
- For short-haired cats use a fine-toothed metal comb and comb it through from head to the tail tip. Then use a soft rubber brush to remove loose hair. Brushing twice a week is recommended.
- For long-haired cats use a wide-toothed comb to remove any debris that may be caught in the cat’s coat. Carefully untangle any knots. Next, use a wire brush to remove loose hair, and if the cat is up to it, you can use a toothbrush to brush around the cat’s face. Brushing may be required every day.
- Start by training your cat to accept having it’s feet handled. To do this massage daily by running your hand along its leg, and then gently pressing your thumb on the pad of each toe.
- Once the cat is comfortable with the massaging then it is time to clip. Use a quality clipper specifically for use on cats.
- When clipping only clip off the white tip and be careful to avoid the quick, which appears as a pinkish area that is visible through the translucent claw.
Having your cat professionally groomed will save you time, energy, and ensures safety for your pet and yourself. Not all pets are comfortable with the process.