As cat owners, we naturally want our kitties to look and feel their very best. And while cats notoriously spend hours washing, one thing they do need a hand with is grooming. Regular grooming is vital to ensure your cat’s coat is clean and silky, while ridding it of any tangles or knots, which can become uncomfortable if left for too long. So with this in mind, we’ve put together everything you need to know about grooming your kitty.
HOW TO DO IT
Some cats love it, while others run at the mere sight of a brush! The easiest way to ensure your cat is okay about grooming is to begin at the kitten stage and regularly do it. Over time this *should* become an easy task, which your cat enjoys. Our advice is to try out different tools as both you and your cat may find one you prefer. Check out our post on 5 of the best grooming tools to get your started.
WHY YOU NEED TO DO IT
Hairballs… the bane of any cat owner’s life! As mentioned, brushing your cat’s coat rids it of dead hair, which reduces the amount of fur that is licked and swallowed. If a cat ingests too much hair, hairballs form, which naturally need to come back out again, usually via vomiting or diarrhoea. You may find these lovely ‘gifts’ deposited around your home… lovely! So if ever there was a reason for regularly grooming your cat, it’s this!
TURN IT INTO A BONDING SESSION
If you cat really hates being brushed, use treats as your secret weapon. Try to get them used to these sessions by gradually building the length of them over time, and reward their willingness with a treat. Eventually, this little ritual should be welcomed by your cat.
SHORT HAIRED BREEDS
For short haired breeds such as the domestic cat, British and American Shorthair and Egyptian Mau, grooming once a week should suffice, but if your cat enjoys these sessions, we say up it to two.
Begin by using a ‘toothed’ glove to gently massage against the direction of your cat’s fur. This will encourage dead hair to come to the surface, which makes for an easier experience. Next, use a brush with soft bristles to gently brush your cat’s fur, without damaging their coat.
LONG HAIRED BREEDS
Maine Coon, Persian, Norwegian Forest Cat, Birman and Ragdoll all fall into this category. Renowned for their luscious, long locks, long haired kitties usually require daily brushing for at least a few minutes. This helps to detangle fur, avoids knots occurring and gets rid of any dead fur, which would otherwise lead to endless fur balls.
For long haired varieties, you may find a large toothed metal comb easier to flow through their fur. While this will allow you to get through the fur, tread carefully so you don’t irritate the skin. When combing, first go in the direction of the hair and then against it for a more effective approach, gently teasing out any knots in the process. Pay attention to those hard to reach areas such as behind the ears and ‘ruff’ or ‘bib’, which are more susceptible to knots. Finally, brush the tail in both directions for maximum fluffiness.
THE SUMMER SEASON
With the rise in temperature, your cat sheds its fur at a quicker rate to try and keep cool, so you may need to increase your grooming sessions.
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