Cat Care- Grooming Your Cat

Cat enjoying a hot bath and showerCats are very clean animals, but even the most fastidious cat can always benefit from a little assistance with grooming particularly if they have long hair. In addition, for individuals who have a high esteem for pets, grooming a cat is a very good way to bond with it.

In addition, this is a cat care practice that offers an individual the best chance to look at irregularities on the skin and coat. It is a brilliant idea to have a cat get used to being combed and brushed from an early age as part of the routine cat care. This will help in the prevention of irritating knots and also get rid of dead hair. This is an activity that should be done regularly. Not only does this practice keep a cat’s coat clean and healthy but also reduced the formation of hairballs.

If a cat is longhaired, then the combing should be done once in a day or several times in a week. On the other hand, short-haired cats only require brushing once in a week. Prior to grooming a cat, it is important to note that there are specially designed grooming tools for both long-haired cats and short-haired cats. However, the most basic thing is that one requires a good comb and brush. For shorthaired cats, veterinaries recommend having just a brush.

Brushing

If a cat’s fur is not very tangled, all that is required is a good brush on her coat. This is an activity that should not take more than fifteen minutes. Most cats like being brushed but if it does not like the idea, let it go and try it at a later time. At times, the fur of longhaired cats may get matted. If you spot tangled masses of knotted hair on the cat’s coat, it is important to set some time for a careful and patient brushing.

Hold the fur immediately below the knot while brushing so as not to pull the hair. If the cat’s coat is unmanageable, professional grooming should be sought. In addition, if a cat sheds most of its hair during brushing, it is advisable to look for the most ideal nutrition to help minimize shedding.

Bath Time

Shorthaired cats barely need to be bathed not unless they have allergies or are extremely dirty. However, for longhaired cats, an occasional bath is important since it helps keep the coat in good condition and prevent the development of grease. It is important to seek advice on how to bath a cat and the cat shampoo to use for the same.

Prepare The Bath

Most of the cats do not really like getting wet but with a towel and shampoo nearby, the bath session can be easier and quicker. To make the process much easier, some assistance can be sought where one individual holds the cat while the other does the washing. To begin with, the cat’s coats should be thoroughly rubbed to remove knots to prevent them from tightening and shrinking in the water. The bath should be filled high enough to reach the cat’s belly. In addition, the water should be tested to ensure it is not too hot for the cat.

Once the bath is ready, get the cat into the room and shut it. No one wants a soapy cat running around the house. Put cotton balls in the cat’s ears to keep the water out. Slowly lower the cat into the bath and sooth it to keep it relaxed. Wet the fur with a wet flannel but do not try submerging the cat.

Once the cat is out of the water, wrap it in a towel and pat the fur gently. To make sure that the cat dries up completely, ensure that it remains inside the towel. A hairdryer should not be used because its hot air can burn the cat’s skin.