The Basics of Cat Grooming

Basics of Cat GroomingCats are well-known to be meticulous groomers. In fact, they spend a whole lot of time grooming themselves. But no matter how neat-freak they are, they still need a little help from their owners.
Grooming your cat provides many benefits. It can help you spot potential health issues, such as the presence of fleas, mites and ticks. Digestive problems due to hairballs are also best prevented by hair grooming. As such, knowing the basics of cat grooming would not just make your cat look clean and beautiful, it will also make it healthier and you happier. 

Start early

The best way to groom a cat is to make it a habit while it is still young. As early as eight weeks of age, kittens can be gently groomed using a soft brush. Comb in the direction where the hair naturally flows, and lightly massage the kitten’s coat.

Make it a habit

Although it may look easy, engaging a cat for a grooming session is never a simple task. You can slowly accustom a cat for a grooming session by picking up a regular time of when to do the combing and brushing. Doing it after its first meal of the day, for instance, could be a perfect time because that is the time when cats usually retire for a short nap.

Making the grooming session longer than 10 minutes might not be a good idea, as it can make the cat fidgety and tense. As the cat gets used to the process of grooming, sessions can be longer and may last for a couple of hours.

Not all types of combs and brushes can be used for cats. Depending on the thickness and length of the fur, there are different combs and brushes specifically designed for different types of cats.
For cats with shorter fur, try using a narrow-teeth metal comb to remove debris and check for fleas and ticks. After combing, brush the cat’s coat using a rubber brush to get rid of loose hair. For longer-haired cats, metal comb with wider teeth would be most appropriate to remove dirt. Brush off loose hair using a bristle brush. For both types of cats, using a flea comb would help maintain a pest-free fur.

Get easy with mats

Cat fur mats are especially common among long-haired cats. However, they can also affect cats with shorter fur. Most mats are found at the back, under the arms, behind the ears, near the groin, and around the collar. Mats are loose, tangled fur that can be painful especially when lying down on the affected area. It can cause irritation and may possibly even lead to intestine blockage due to excessive hairballs.

Never pull a Matt. Try to untangle small mats by gently brushing them with wide-toothed metal comb. Using a mat splitter may also help in picking apart and untangling medium-sized mats. For larger, more painful mats, however, professional help might be necessary.

Get pedicure help

Well-experienced cat owners find it effortless to trim their pet’s claws. For starters, however, it could be an unpleasant experience for both the pet and the pet owner. Professional groomers are equipped with specialized tools in nail care, as well as training in handling aggressive cats. They are also able to remove painful ingrown that are sometimes difficult to detect. It would be a good idea to seek professional when trying to clip a cat’s nails. 

Grooming your cat the proper way is indeed rewarding for both you and your pet. It can definitely make you feel happier and more relaxed while ensuring that your pet cat is clean, healthy and tangle free.