Cat grooming is an essential part of everyday car care. By grooming your cat on a regular basis, you will keep your cat clean and comfortable, and also keep him looking his best.
If you have a long haired cat you should ensure that you brush his fur as often as possible to stop him from getting hair balls and to keep his fur from matting up. If your cat’s fur becomes too tangled, you may need to cut off a section of hair to get rid of the knot. Felines are very proud creatures and your furry friend will not thank you for leaving a big bald patch where you have had to cut fur away due to insufficient grooming!
When brushing your cat's fur, make sure you look for any signs of fleas or mites. Always keep a pair of tweezers handy in case you happen to see any. It is important to use some form of parasite control if your cat goes out to keep these pests at bay, as otherwise they can cause a lot of problems and discomfort for your pet.
It’s important to use a proper cat grooming brush and comb when grooming your cat. Cat brushes are very different to dog or human brushes. They are noticeably softer, similar to a baby’s brush, and are especially made for cats.
To brush your cat, start at his forehead, and then run your brush over his back and down to his tail, applying firm pressure. Repeat this a few times, and then switch to both of his sides. Go over each area 4-5 times. Be sure to brush in the direction of your cat's fur. Proceed to brush his belly area, legs and tail.
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Grooming your cat's fur can be a wonderful bonding experience, and can be enjoyable for both you and your cat.
Your cat will also groom himself, but it is possible for him to groom himself too often. Pay attention to any signs of excessive grooming. Look for any signs of matting of fur, feline hair loss, scratches or sores that may be infected. Trim your cat's claws from time to time, to help keep them walking properly – and to save your furniture from getting shredded! It’s a good idea to give your cat a scratching post so they have a designated item to scratch.
Look inside your cat's mouth to make sure his teeth and gums are healthy. Clean the teeth using a special cat toothbrush, or if you don't have one, use a child's toothbrush.
For best results, and ease of use, it’s always good to make sure you have all the necessary cat grooming supplies for your cat.
Cats rarely need baths since they groom themselves every day. However, if you notice your cat has fleas, or is excessively grimy, giving him a bath may be necessary. When you wash him, use shampoos specifically formulated for cats, or if trying to get rid of fleas, use a cat flea shampoo.