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Cat Grooming Tips

Cat Grooming Tips, Tools, and Techniques to help you groom your pet at home.

cat playingCat's are known for their independent nature. This is even true when it comes to grooming. From the time they're born, they learn the art of grooming from their mother.

And while this may be sufficient for a cat left on his own, a domesticated, indoor cat needs some regular grooming help.

Regularly grooming your cat keeps his skin healthy and his coat vibrant. It keeps shedding to a minimum and helps prevent him from developing hair balls from excessive self-grooming.

Handling your cat while grooming him can alert you to any changes to his skin or body. Lumps, bumps, or changes should be reported to your veterinarian as soon as possible.

How much and how you groom your cat depends on the length and type of hair your cat has as well as the particular breed of feline you own. 

Cat Grooming Tips #1
  • Start by cleaning the face with a damp washcloth daily to wipe away left over food around the muzzel as well as any debris around the eyes or ears.

Cat Grooming Tips #2:

  • Regular brushing and combing is an essential part of the grooming process. Long-haired breeds matte and tangle easily if brushing is neglected. Brushing should be an exercise your cat welcomes. When done regularly, it's enjoyable to him and you'll find he looks forward to it. 

Cat Grooming Tips #3cat brush

  • Purchase the right tools for your particular breed. A pin brush is great for medium to long hair types. A shorter bristle brush specific for shedding removal works with short-haired breed types.

    Cat's tend to have thinner skin, and because of this I caution cat owners about using wire slicker brushes. 

  • I prefer a high-quality stainless steel grooming comb for most all hair types to finish up following a thorough brushing. Make sure if you purchase a de-matting tool that contains any type of sharp cutting blade, that you are experienced enough to use it safely. Undercoat rakes are wonderful for tangles and mattes.

Fleas and ticks are not the only predators that are happy to make your pets matted coat their home. Truth is, a variety ofbrushing cat creepy-crawlers including maggots have been known to live and thrive on an animal who's grooming has been badly neglected.
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If a your cat's coat is matted so tight, that you cannot comb it out with causing him pain, I highly recommend you take him to be groomed by a professional.

Some mattes are so tight they cannot be removed and the matte may have to be shaved off.

Most cats don't need any more for a bath than a damp cloth to remove dust and debris, unless they've gotten into something that smells foul and won't easily brush off. In general cat's do not like to be submerged in water. Regularly brushing keeps the skin clean and odor free.

If you must bathe, run just a tiny amount of water in the tub or sink. Place cotton balls in your cat's ears to prevent water from getting inside. Quickly shampoo and rinse with products made specifically for cats. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry to remove all the excess water.

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If using a bathtub or sink, make sure to place a non-slip mat underneath your cat to avoid accidents. Never, ever leave a pet unattended
in a bathtub or sink.

Grooming your pet's ears, eyes, and paws... 

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