How to groom your cat
Every pet deserves a little pampering to make them feel good and clean every once in a while! Cats naturally groom themselves every day by licking their fur. It's an instinct for them to keep themselves tidy every day, but they too need a little help from you to look and feel their best all day everyday.
Grooming your cat isn't a very tedious act to do and can be quite enjoyable for your pet and you. However, it is necessary to make sure your cat is calm, and content while grooming them.
Your cat may be a little impatient during the initial stages of grooming, so keep the sessions short. Once your cat is used to this routine, elongate the sessions bit by bit. This will help your cat get used to being handled, and you can distract them by being playful with them.
If your cat is resistant to being groomed and you’re having a hard time grooming them, take a break and try again in some time.. Get some help to keep your cat distracted and make the process faster. Don't forget to praise your cat or give them cat treats for being good little furry babies during grooming.
Cats’ coats need to be brushed often to keep their fur and coats tidy, especially long-haired cats. Brushing is often done to remove tangles, dirt, ticks and fleas from the cats' coats and also to help healthy oils spread through their fur. This keeps their fur healthy and gets rid of any irritation.
Brushing is different for short and long-haired cats. Short hair cats only need to be brushed every once a week while longhaired cats should be brushed daily.
Brushing short hair cats:
- Use a metal comb to get rid of dead fur. Start from the head towards the bottom.
- Using a bristle brush or rubber brush, follow the same pattern to get rid of the dead skin.
- It is important to brush lightly and be aware of your cat's sensitive skin.
Brushing long-haired cats:
- Start from the belly and work your way up slowly.
- Brushing the fur upwards will help loosen it and clean it more efficiently.
- Part the fur on your cat’s tail in the center, and brush each side individually, slowly and carefully.
Cats groom themselves regularly by licking their fur, but they do need a bath every once in a while. Experts say; even though your cat is busy grooming themselves throughout the day, it’s necessary for you to groom long haired cats every 4-6 weeks and short haired breeds every 8-12 weeks.. Make sure you are using cat-friendly products only.
The following are easy steps to help you give your cat a bath:
- Firstly, before giving your cat a bath, brush their hair outside the bathroom, so that it doesn't clog the drain.
- Place a rubber mat on your sink or bathtub so that they have a comfortable grip while standing.
- Fill the sink or tub with warm water, not hot and gently start pouring the water on your cat with a pitcher or a hose; when using a hose make sure it's on a lower setting, a lot of pressure will startle your cat.
- Gently rub the cat shampoo, starting from their head to their tail.
- Rinse off all the shampoo gently, make sure you avoid their face.
- Carefully dry your cat with a warm, dry towel and place them in someplace warm.
If you want to know more about how to dry a cat post bath, click here.
You might forget to maintain your cat's claws until you have been scratched. But like us humans, cats too need their tiny little nails trimmed regularly, but just beware as your cat might not like this very much.
To make things a little easier, play with your kitten's feet when you are not trimming their nails to get them used to their feet being touched. Give them a few treats for being the good furry babies that they are! After some time they will get used to you playing with their feet and will be calm when you are actually trimming their nails.
Few steps to help you cut their nails:
- Gently squeeze the top and bottom of your cat’s foot as an indicator to get their claws out.
- Use a cat-friendly nail clipper to slowly cut only the white portion at the tip of their nails.
- Do not cut the inner pink area in your cat's nail, that area is called the quick. The quick contains nerves and blood vessels.
- In case the quick gets cut, use a blood swab to stop the bleeding or alternatively, you can use styptic powder - a powder which is capable of stopping the bleeding on hand, as this will stop the bleeding.
Maintaining your cat’s dental health is very important for their overall well-being. Bad oral hygiene can cause gum disease, build tartar and plaque, foul breath and abscesses, and this can lead to infection and bad dental health. You can take care of their oral health using dental sprays, foods or treats, brushing, supplements or ask your vet for the safest way to maintain their dental health.
Few steps to help you brush your cat's teeth:
- Firstly get your cat used to the idea of you brushing their teeth. Take a cotton swab and slowly massage their gums and teeth with it.
- Use a toothpaste and toothbrush that is cat friendly; it’s smaller than a human toothbrush and has softer bristles.