Grooming Tips For Your Cat

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Grooming Tips For Your Cat

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While cats are famous for their effective self-grooming practices, domestic cats often do require human supervision and support. Grooming of cats takes planning and practice. Cats are fussy by nature and they require an educated touch. This means that the owner needs to be aware of what the cat is okay with what it is not. While planning to groom your cat, it is always a good idea to start early and develop the habit when they are still young kittens. Gradually the time spent in grooming is increased until the cat is able to accept it as a part of the daily routine. Any kind of restrain or force is to be avoided as any kind of stress associated with this experience will make it even more difficult next time.

There are different grooming techniques and routines for long and short haired cats. For shorthaired cats, grooming only once a week is enough whereas longhaired ones require grooming almost every day. For shorthaired cats a fine-tooth flea or tick comb is used along with a bristle brush, rubber mitten and grooming pad. Before beginning to groom or comb the cat, ensure that it is relaxed and stress free. The flea comb is used on shorthaired cats to check for flea dirt and fingers are used to loosen up dead hair. Once the dead hairs are disengaged, the brush is used to comb the cat from the head to the tail. This removes any remaining dead hair and stimulates the blood circulation in the body.

For longhaired cats, grooming products such as wide toothed comb, detangling sprays, rakes and other kinds of slickers are used. Longhaired cats require grooming almost regularly. The skin of the cats is massaged gently before combing. This is basically a check for flea excreta. A wide toothed comb takes care of the dead hair and is ideal for combing specific locations such as armpits and between the hind legs. A rubber glove or a damp cotton swab is used to collect and remove the dead hair.

Dematting is one of the most important grooming activities as far as cats are concerned. Matts or knots in the fur are extremely uncomfortable for cats. Such knots are difficult to negotiate at home and make it difficult for the cat to move around. The best way to deal with such knots is preventive action. By grooming according to a healthy routine, such knots can be avoided beforehand. Never use scissors to get rid of knots. Try untying them gently from the core causing as little discomfort to the cat as possible. Severe matts are usually shaved off and are typically performed at a vetโ€™s office.

Home Grooming Your Cat

A happy cat is invariably a clean cat. You can bathe your cat and trim its nails. It is also essential to keep your cat's eyes, teeth, and ears clean. The fur too must be clean and healthy. Before you start grooming your cat at home, remember that a few cats hate being groomed. If your cat falls into this category, there is a high chance that your cat may attack and injure you. In such cases, make an appointment with a cat groomer or a veterinarian. Do not try to groom your kitty at home.

Cleaning and brushing

For all practical purposes, there is no need for you to clean and care for your cat's fur. Your kitty cleans itself through her grooming tools- teeth and tongue. There are some days, however, that your cat becomes so dirty that you will be compelled to run it a bath. The process to clean the kitty should be of maximum efficiency and minimum stress.  It is a good idea to brush the cat. The action not only removes dead hair, grease, and dirt from your kitty's fur but also stimulates the circulation of blood and removes flakes from the skin. A healthy glow can be had and kept if you brush your kitty twice a week. This is especially true for senior cats who slowly lose the ability to groom themselves.

Skin and shedding

Do pay close attention to the skin of your cat. The skin condition indicates your kitty's overall health. The cat will scratch itself excessively in-case of a bad skin condition. There will also be an excess of licking or chewing. The skin is vulnerable to external parasites and also to allergies emanating from stress and seasonal changes. A combo of these could also be a problem. It is important to investigate the factors which affect the skin of your cat. Most cat owners visit the veterinarian to deal with their cat's skin problems.  Your cat sheds hair due to natural causes. It is a process of off-loading dead hair. Cats which spend most of their time indoors may shed all through the year. You can minimize the accompanying inconvenience by regularly grooming the cat. Vacuum the house to get rid of cat hair. Take note that while shedding is natural, having bald patches are not. This can be due to an underlying health problem. You must take your cat to the veterinarian. The ears of your cat can pick up sounds like you opening a bag of food on the other end of the house. Like all other organs, the kitty needs some help when it comes to keeping the ears clean. Examine the ears for wax and debris and clean them.

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