Grooming your cat


Grooming your cat

Grooming your cat is essential especially for long haired cats. Shot haired cats don’t need that extra grooming that long haired cats do. Short haired cats can be groomed monthly but long haired cats must be groomed daily. Have you ever wonder why some cats always look so… Fabulous, perfect and beautiful and other cats look like they have just climbed out of a dumpster? Will it’s true that some cats are born with a healthy shiny coat. A lot of  the cats looks has to do with grooming. As all cats owners know cats are critters. Cats tend to take care of themselves very well, they are always licking their fur to keep it clean and in its proper place ( usually after eating or touched). But still any perfect cat can go from Fluffy to Scruffy without a little help from it’s owner. (Female cats tend to groom themselves more then male cats)

Longhair cats VS shorthair cats

The magnificent coat of a champion Persian is truly a work of art. But you’d better believe that it took hours of regular grooming to get it that that champion look. Longhaired cats need more grooming than shorthaired cats. The fluffier the cat’s hair, the more likely it is to form mats, too. These thick tangles of hair can be painful and even tear a cat’s skin if the mats get bad enough. Mats get embarrassing for a cat, too, since the only way to get rid of really bad ones is to shave them off. Nothing looks more uncomfortable than a cat who has been shaved.

It’s not that shorthair cats don’t need regular grooming or never get mats, will they do. It’s just that their shorter, coarser outer coat requires lower maintenance than a long, silky coat. A shorthair cat who’s diligent about her own grooming routine can do a lot to make up for an owner who’s a little lazy with the brush and comb. But regular grooming is still a must for both longhair and shorthair cats.

Cats use their tongue and teeth for grooming. Every time your cat goes into her or his contortionist bathing routine, your cat swallows hair. The more hair your cat has (and the more grooming your cat does), the more hair your cat swallows. Hair doesn’t digest and can clump up in a cat’s stomach and intestines to form hairballs. The least dangerous, but still rather unpleasant, side effect of hairballs is your cat coughing them up, quite often at times or in places you’d much rather she didn’t.

Tools and Tips for At-Home Grooming

Every cat owner needs some grooming supplies. A metal comb is the most essential basic grooming tool. Sturdy stainless-steel combs with wide-set, round teeth. They resemble the rasps on a cat’s tongue and serve the same purpose in grooming. Most cats enjoy the sensation of the slicker brush and the metal comb — unless, of course, you hit a tangle or mat.

You may also want to invest in a flea comb, particularly if you let your cat outdoors, live in a year-round flea climate (like southern Florida or Louisiana), or have other pets who go outdoors. Flea combs look like metal combs but with very fine teeth set close together. Flea combs can be used for regular grooming, as a “touch-up” after the slicker brush or metal comb. Grooming mitts fit over your whole hand and let you work a larger surface while petting your cat.

Here are a few tips for home grooming:

Make it fun. Most cats love being stroked and enjoy the feeling of light grooming. It’s good social behaviour — cats who get along well will blissfully groom each other for long periods of time. When it’s time to do some grooming, approach your cat in a friendly way, and intersperse the grooming strokes with some regular petting.

Use restraint. It’s okay to restrain your cat (gently!) as long as she doesn’t start to panic, but be sure to restrain yourself, too. Don’t try to force your cat to sit still or stay in an awkward or uncomfortable position for too long. And be careful not to get too exuberant in your grooming strokes. Think about how much you don’t like having your hair pulled, then imagine what it’s like to have hair getting pulled all over your body.

Know when to quit. You may not be able to groom your cat completely in one session. That’s okay. If you get her back and tail, and then she starts to fight you, give up and try finishing in a day or two. It’s better to have a half-dozen five-minute grooming sessions spread out over a week and a happy cat than one 25-minute battle and a cat who runs and hides at the sight of the brush.

Get professional help. If your cat has a bad mat or tangle — or gets something nasty on her fur — put a call in to your veterinarian or professional groomer. If your cat just doesn’t seem to be cooperating with home grooming, schedule an appointment with a professional. While you’re there, ask for some tips and a demonstration of basic techniques. Groomers are usually happy to do this for clients; there’s nothing more annoying for a groomer than having to constantly shave out and untangle bad mats. The cat suffers, and the groomer is more likely to get bitten or scratched.

Grooming is only part of the story, however. In the next section, we will look at some tips for bathing your cat.

HOW TO CLIP YOUR CAT’S NAILS

You can invest in specialized cat nail clippers if you’d like, but ordinary human nail clippers will work just as well. Restrain the cat with a gentle football hold. Gently squeeze the cat’s toe between your thumb and forefinger, extending the nail. Gently clip off the sharp tip, being careful to stay in the clear portion toward the end of the nail (you should be able to see the reddish “quick” through the nail; don’t cut this far or you’ll cause discomfort and bleeding). Repeat with each toe.

No cat enjoys having her nails trimmed, but if you start them as kittens it will be easier when they’re adults. Also be sure to play with your cat’s paws and toes for fun sometimes, too; otherwise she’ll always know you’re going to cut her nails the minute you take hold of her paw.

Enjoy!

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