Cat Grooming Tips
When it comes to keeping your cat nice and clean, it usually does a pretty good job at cleaning itself as they have their own built-in grooming mechanism-their tongue! Yet grooming time can be a way for you and your furry friend to bond. Here’s a tip to make grooming your cat that much easier.
First off, if you already own a cat you’ll understand, you can’t just expect kitty to allow you to start grooming without ever being groomed before. This will more than likely end awfully for everyone involved.
There are some cats that don’t tolerate being groomed. This could end in injury not only to you but also the cat. If this is the case, it is best to make an appointment with a professional groomer or veterinarian to have this done stress-free.
Pick a time when your cat is nice and relaxed and start off slowly, just introducing kitty and brush, a 2-5 minute session should be plenty.
Make sure you have some delicious feline treats on hand to show your cat how well it is doing. If your cat is struggling, stop and try another time, you don’t want your cat to see this as an unpleasant routine. Slowly, in time, your cat will get used to the process. .
How to Brush:
Brushing on a regular basis will help your kitty get rid of dead hair and dirt, which can get trapped in a kitty’s coat. But make sure you follow these steps or we could be in the naughty books for a while!
- Brush in the direction of the hair, as brushing against will cause your cat irritation.
For short haired cats:
- Use a thin metal comb and run it through your cat’s hair head to tail. Use a bristle or soft rubber brush next to remove loose hair.
For longhaired cats:
- Use a wide toothed comb to remove loose hair and dirt that might be caught in kitty’s coat.
- Then use a wire brush or bristle brush to remove loose hair.
- If you wanted to try the face area, a toothbrush should do the job – just remember not to put it in the bathroom afterwards!
Compared to other pets, cats are relatively low maintenance but like everyone, they need a hand every now and again. As your cat ages or becomes ill for any reason, the condition of their skin can deteriorate so make sure you look for the signs to keep your friendly feline feeling happy and healthy. Seek veterinary advice as soon as you notice any problems. Skin problems can be as sign of external disease such as parasites as well as allergies or other medical conditions. Stress or behavioural diseases such as anxiety can also result in skin changes.