Cat grooming: the right way to groom your cat's coat
If you own a cat, you know that keeping your furry friend looking and feeling their best is all part of the job. Cat grooming might seem like a fancy affair but it's pretty straightforward if you know what you're doing.
First things first, let's talk about brushes. Cats are all unique and their fur comes in different shapes and sizes. For short-haired cats, a bristle brush can work wonders. Long-haired kitties might prefer a slicker brush to keep those tangles in check.
Now, how often should you brush your cat? Short-haired cats are usually okay with a once-a-week session, while long-haired cats might need a quick brush every day. It's all about knowing your cat's coat and keeping it in check.
When you brush, remember to be gentle. Cats like a soft touch. Start with short strokes and see how your cat feels about it. If they seem okay with it, keep going - but if they seem uncomfortable don't push it. A few treats and some sweet talk can go a long way in making grooming time a positive experience.
Dealing with mats
Mats and tangles are the villains of the grooming world. If you spot one, don't pull it, as this can cause your cat a lot of pain. Instead, gently use a mat-splitter tool or, if things get out of control, consider a visit to the groomer or the vet, as they’re better at dealing with serious mats.
While you're at it, don't forget to trim your cat’s claws. Trimming them is a must, not just for your furniture's sake but for your cat's comfort too. Get some cat nail clippers and snip off the sharp tips but be careful not to cut too close to the quick.
Generally, cats are pretty good at keeping themselves clean. You might not need to bathe them at all. But if your pet has a messy adventure or a medical reason calls for it, use a cat-friendly shampoo and rinse thoroughly.
Ears and eyes
While you're cleaning your cat, take a peek inside those fuzzy ears and check for any gunk or redness. You can gently clean around the ears with a damp cloth but don't stick anything in there. As for the eyes, look for any gunk or goop and if something seems off a vet visit is in order.
There is a misconception that you only need to treat cats for fleas if they have them. However, you should treat your cat regularly to help prevent fleas. Treat your cat on the same day each month to ensure continuous coverage.
For more information, please read our Best Flea Treatment for Cats blog post.