Cat Grooming

It is a well-known fact that cats are NEAT FREAKS. They spend most of their lives sleeping and if not that then cleaning themselves is what they like to do. However, they are not the best at cleaning and grooming themselves and could definitely use your help.

For most people grooming mostly means just keeping their cats neat and clean, when it is more than that. Grooming your cat is a great way of keeping a check on your cat’s health. Regular grooming can allow you to prevent feline health issues like digestive issues such as excessive hair balls. Grooming also improves the quality of your cat’s skin and coat.

Getting there

One very important thing to keep in mind when you want to get started with grooming your old or new cat is that you need to get your cat accustom to grooming gradually. Don’t expect it to be a smooth sail in the first go. Picking a time when a time when your cat is relaxed and content- preferably after it’s fed, is of great help. Once you decide on the ideal time, start with small sessions of 5-10 minutes. While you’re doing the cleaning and grooming, pet and show some love to your cat and maybe even reward it with an occasional treat. Stop when your cat starts showing signs of restlessness which means that it is not comfortable anymore. Slowly and steadily your cat will get to the grooming sessions and even enjoy them.

Basics of Brushing

Brushing a cat is one of the key elements of cat grooming. Brushing helps getting rid of dead hair, dirt and also prevents tangles. However as easy as it seems, there are certain points to keep in mind when it comes to brushing your cat.

  • It is important that you always brush in the direction of the hair and not against. Keep in mind to be super gentle in the chest and belly area.
  • For short-haired cats use a fine metal comb and brush from the head to the tip of the tail. If you spot any black pepper like balls it indicated the presence of cat flea.
  • For long-haired cats use a wide-toothed comb to get rid of anything that might be stuck in the cat’s hair.

Bathing your Cat

Cats are not very fond of water and the fact that mostly they do not need a proper bath helps. However, sometimes your cat’s hair might become sticky or dirty in which case you will have to bathe your cat. There are a few tips and tricks that will make sure that bath time for your cat is not a horror show

  • Make sure the water is warm- not hot, not cold.
  • Use a cat only shampoo.
  • Use a tub which is 3-4 inches full.
  • Gently spray water on your cat.
  • Start by shampooing the head and then slowly work your way towards the tail.
  • Rinse gently but thoroughly,
  • Pat and dry your cat with a towel.