Cat Grooming Tips
Cats are elegant creatures, born with natural beauty and self-grooming instincts. While your cat probably spends about half of her day grooming herself, she still needs a little help from her pet parent. Cat grooming often consists of brushing, bathing and nail clipping. Grooming not only keeps your kitty looking pretty, but also helps build a bond between you and your precious pet.
With the right tools at your disposal, pet grooming can be a little easier, and it can become a bonding experience.
1) Cat Brushes
Your cat already uses her tongue to lick her body clean, but brushing your cat’s fur can help your cat maintain a healthy coat and nourished skin. A good cat brush will remove dirt, help spread natural oils throughout her coat and prevent tangles. It’s also a great opportunity to scan your pet for pests or skin conditions. For shorthaired cats, brushing once a week will do. Longhaired cats require brushing daily.
Hairball prevention is an added benefit of brushing. Hair Prevention gel along with a good grooming session can help reduce hairballs in your home. Tools like combs and brushes can also cut down on the amount of loose hair ingested from the undercoat. Brushing your cat’s fur is relaxing, and it’s a great way to bond with your pet.
2) Bathing Your Cat
Most cats aren’t exactly thrilled about being submerged in water, but bathing can sometimes be a necessary part of cat grooming. Use a gentle pet shampoo to help remove dirt and allergens from your cat’s coat, while simultaneously hydrating her skin. When bathing your cat, gently massage in the cat shampoo — and be mindful of her ears, eyes and nose. If bathing your cat is an ordeal, pet bath wipes for cats are a great way to keep your cat clean between baths or professional grooming visits.
3) Nail Clipping
An important part of pet grooming, and it can also be one of the most stressful. Many pet parents avoid clipping claws for fear of causing pain to their precious pet. But without proper nail clipping, your cat could seriously harm herself.
When your kitty’s claws are long, she uses whatever is at her disposal to file them down. That could include your furniture. You can keep your cat from clawing up your living room by trimming her nails regularly.
Gentle nail clipping tools make this aspect of pet grooming easier on both you and your pet. If your kitty is squeamish, try distracting her with treats as you clip her claws.