There is nothing like a little grooming to make your pet feel good and look like the star that it is. Most cats groom themselves naturally and often. I’m sure you’ve seen your pet take one of its daily baths. However, no matter how groomed cats are, sometimes they need a little help to feel or look their best.
Make grooming as pleasant as possible for both of you.
The process of grooming your cat should be fun for both you and your cat. Try to schedule a grooming session at a time when your cat is already calm and sleepy, such as after dinner. He should also be in a good mood. Your cat will notice if you are irritable or stressed during the grooming session, which in turn may stress your cat out.
Your cat may become impatient with all the attention the first few times you groom him. The first few sessions should be short, five to ten minutes. Once your cat has gotten used to the routine, you can gradually increase the grooming time.
You can also use this time to get your cat used to being groomed. Play with everything from its ears to its paws, so it won’t be so stressed if this happens in the future.
Also, there is no need to pressure your cat to accept grooming. If your cat seems upset or stressed, take a break and try again later. If you need to bathe your cat, have someone help you do it quickly. Don’t hesitate to praise your cat or give him treats if he behaves well during grooming.
Cats need to be brushed regularly to keep their fur clean, especially if they have a long coat. Brushing also removes dirt and tangles, while distributing healthy oils throughout the coat, keeping the skin and coat healthy and eliminating irritation.
Short-haired cats only need to be brushed once a week.
– Use a wire comb to loosen dead hair, starting at the head and working up to the tail.
– With a bristle or rubber brush, do the same to remove the dead hair.
– Always pay attention to your cat’s face, belly, and chest.
Long-haired cats require a little more care and should be brushed daily.
– Start with your cat’s paws and belly and work your way up.
– Brush the coat in an upward motion to lift and clean it.
– Finally, separate your cat’s tail hair by centering it, then brushing each side individually.
If your cat needs a bath, you’ll know. Either he is greasy to the touch, or he has touched something smelly or sticky. In these cases, you will need to get a brand of cat shampoo and give him a proper bath.
– First, brush your cat as much as possible so that the hair doesn’t clog the drain.
– Next, place a rubber mat in the tub or sink so that your cat is comfortable standing.
– Fill the sink or tub with a few inches of hot, but not boiling, water.
– Using a pitcher or hose with a gentle stream, thoroughly soak your cat. Avoid his face, especially his ears, eyes, and nose.
– Gently rub a small amount of shampoo from neck to tail.
– Rinse off all soap, avoiding the face.
– Dry your cat with a warm, dry towel, then keep him warm for the rest of the day.
Your cat’s claws are often something you don’t think about until you’re reminded that they’re too long. If you only pay attention to your cat’s paws when it’s time to trim her claws, she may not appreciate the unusual sensation.
To make it easier, play with your cat’s paws when it’s not time to clip. This will help them get used to the feeling and make them feel safe. You can also praise your kitten and give her lots of treats while she plays with her toes. After a few weeks, your cat will probably accept nail trimming with ease.
When it’s time to trim, here’s what to do:
– First, gently press the top and bottom of your cat’s paw until the claws come out.
– Use a special cat nail clipper to cut only the white tips of your cat’s nails.
– Never cut the inner, pink part of the cat’s nail; this is the fast part and contains nerves and blood vessels.
– Keep some antiseptic powder on hand in case you accidentally cut yourself. The septic powder will stop the bleeding quickly.