Grooming your cat regularly not only creates a bonding experience but it also enables you to keep an eye on your cat’s skin, helps prevent health issues, and protects your home furnishings.
When you’re brushing your cat, you can be on the lookout for fleas, their bites, or wounds. Brushing your cat also helps reduce the occurrence of hairballs, which can cause kitty digestion issues. And nail clipping to dull and shorten the claws, for example, deters your cat from scratching your furniture. It also lowers the risk of your cat harming himself if he tries to break free when one of his sharp claws gets hung up on something.
Grooming cats always seems simpler if you start when they are kittens. Not every cat parent, however, has that advantage if they’ve adopted an older feline. So if human-assisted grooming is a new endeavor for both you and your cat, be sure to ease into the activity by spending a few minutes each day, preferably after your cat has exercised or eaten, stroking, and massaging her feet. Once you’ve established a routine with your cat, she’ll be more amiable to your touch and more approachable come grooming time.
Short-haired cats should be brushed twice a week, and long-haired cats need daily brushing. Brushing removes loose hair, dirt, and tangles. Always brush in the direction the coat grows, not against it. You can follow these additional cat-brushing tips:
It’s no secret that most cats aren’t particularly fond of water, so bathing could be tricky. For some cats, though, it's completely doable. Giving your cat a full-blown bath experience isn’t necessary to do very often, only when he’s gotten so dirty he’s not able to clean himself properly. To bathe your cat:
Cat pedicure tips
When your cat’s claws are sharp, they can damage furniture and scratch you during playtime. You can reduce the risk of damage and injury by regularly trimming your cat’s claws to remove the sharp tips. Doing so also helps keep your cat from snagging his sharp nails on the carpet or furniture, which can result in a broken claw or sore paw when he tries to detach himself. To clip:
Although cats are relatively low-maintenance pets, independent and fully capable of grooming, they may occasionally need a little helping hand when it comes to bathing, brushing, and nail clipping.
Treat your cat to a spa day. As their two-legged friends know, it can work wonders on the psyche. And after all, a happy cat is a healthy cat.
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