Cat Grooming Basic Tips
Keeping cats well groomed is an essential part to keep them tangle-free and every now and then – your cat will need a helping hand from you to live healthy and happy. This content is aimed at providing you simple but highly important cat grooming tips to help you take care of them better.
We all know that cats are serious neat-freaks, and if you are a cat owner, you know they spend most of their life either grooming or sleeping! Grooming your cat is much beyond making it look good, as it helps them to keep healthy, to prevent feline health problems like digestive complications, among others. Frequent cat grooming will surely also help to improve your cat’s ‘skin and coat’ overall health.
GETTING THIS IN PROGRESS
As a cat owner, you well know that you just can’t snatch up your cat one morning & start grooming it if you probably have never groomed such cat before. The result might be hostile for you both.
The way to go – is to slowly get the cat accustomed to the process of grooming.
To do this, you can schedule to pick the cat at a time when it is more relaxed – likely after eating. Proceed to groom it for 5 to 15 minutes, pet and praise it as you groom, and perhaps even offer it a treat at the end of the session. If the cat resists, stop and try it again later.
Just with time, it will get used to the process, and soon begin to enjoy it.
BASICS OF BRUSHING
When you brush your cat often, it provides benefits such as cleaning off dirt & dead hair, while also eliminating or preventing tangles or mats. However, you have to do it correctly or the story may end badly.
You should usually brush in the direction that the cat hair naturally flows and not against it. Ensure to be additionally tender around the belly and chest area.
If your cat is shorthaired, you can use a fine-toothed comb that’s metal, or use a bristle or soft brush to run it through and to also remove loose hair.
It it’s longhaired, you can use a wide-toothed comb to eliminate debris and also untangle any knots. You can use a ‘toothbrush’ to brush around its face.
Where you find matting within its fur, avoid trying to cut it out, or else either of you may end up getting hurt.
Endeavor to brush it at least twice weekly if it is a shorthaired cat, and then daily if it’s a longhaired cat.
CAT’S BATH TIME
When your cat’s coat becomes dirty or sticky, you need to give it a bath. When done rightly, it could be fun for both of you.
You can begin by making the water temperature warm and not hot.
Utilize a shampoo designed solely for cats.
You can use a spray hose and be careful not to spray into the cat’s nose, ears or eyes.
Shampoo the cat from head to tail, rinse gently, and ensure shampoo is fully washed out.
Lastly, pat dry with a good cotton towel.
Please if your cat’s nails require clipping, do it PRIOR to bath time!
You can trim your cat’s claws if you approach it correctly.
Massage its feet regularly and daily and soon it will get used to the routine. At such stage of comfort, it will be OK to clip with a good sharp clipper or nail scissors made exclusively for use on cats.
With cats, these are pets that are relatively low maintenance – and with just that extra care, you will be helping them stay happy and healthy!