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The Three Most Important Ways to Keep Your Cat Well Groomed

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Bathing, brushing/combing, and clipping nails are the three most important ways you can help your cat stay well groomed. Cats are famous for taking care of their own grooming, but getting involved will help strengthen the bond between you and will also provide you with a chance to check over your cat for any signs of ill health.

Itís best to make grooming a part of your cats routine from as early as possible, ideally when still a kitten. This will ensure your cat gets used to the grooming routine.

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It is a common misconception that cats donít need a bath, but they do. Cats with extremely short coats like Siamese, Burmese and Cornish and can get along with few or no baths, unless they get very dirty or into something very smelly. Longhaired cats and other shorthairs with dense coats needed to be bathed every 1 Ė 3 months and with Persians you are advised to bath them at least once a month.

Baths can be a stressful time for cats, so it is advised to schedule baths when your cat is at her most mellow. Pre bath, clip your cats claws and give them a good brush to remove any loose hair or matting.

Wash your cat with warm water and use a handheld spray, being careful to avoid water going directly into her face, ears or eyes. Use a washcloth to carefully wipe her face.

TIP Use a rubber mat in the sink/bath so your cat doesnít slip.

Next gently massage in the shampoo. It is very important to use a specialist pet shampoo that is safe to use on cats.  Our pet shampoo is a safe and kind to sensitive skin. Available here

Rinse thoroughly and then itís time to dry. Wrap your cat in a large towel and dry her with it in a warm place. To finish praise your cat with her favourite treat. 

Clipping Nails

If your cat spends a lot of times outdoors, clipping nails may not be an issue as rough surfaces tend to take care of things. Indoor cats and elderly cats however may need their claws trimmed every few weeks. Trimming the claws prevents them growing inwards into their pads, causing pain and infection.

The best approach to teaching your cat to accept having her claws trimmer is to begin while she is still a kitten. If you begin early, sheíll grow up accepting nail trims. Also kittens often havenít mastered use of their claws, so they benefit greatly from regular trimming.

Like baths, the best time to trim your cats claw when she is at her most calm. You will need your cat on your lap facing away from you Ė take one paw in your hand and gently press one toe pad at a time to extend the claw. Never cut to the quick - the pink part of a catís nail, this is where the nerves and blood vessels are. Do NOT cut this sensitive area. Snip only the white part of the claw. Itís better to be cautious and cut less of the nail rather than risk cutting this area.

TIP Make sure you use specialist cat nail clippers, available from vets or reputable retailers. Using human nail clippers or scissors can spilt your cats nails.

If your cat still wonít let you trim her nails there are several options. You can get someone to help you - one of you can restrain the cat while the other person trims the nails. Make sure that your helper knows how to properly and safely restrain a cat. And of course, you can also take your cat to your veterinary clinic for her pedicure. 

Brushing/Combing

Regular sessions with a brush or comb will help keep your petís hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout her coat, preventing tangles and keeping her skin clean and irritant-free.

If your cat has short hair, you only need to brush once a week. Use a metal comb and work through her fur from head to tail. Next, use a bristle or rubber brush to remove dead and loose hair. Be extra gentle near her chest and belly.

If your cat has long hair, you will need to brush everyday. Start by combing her belly and legs; be sure to untangle any knots. Next, brush her fur in an upward motion with a bristle or rubber brush. When brushing her tail, make a part down the middle and brush the fur out on either side.



 


   

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