On the contrary, many people may say my cat cleans themselves – but when it comes to keeping clean and tangle free fur – your cat needs a helping hand from you. Even so, cats are total neat freaks and being a cat owner you know firsthand that your cat is a super groomer. After all, cats spend most of their days either sleeping or grooming!
Cat Grooming is about more than just keeping your cat looking good. Grooming your cat on a regular basis will also help you to keep an eye on its health. And grooming your cat can even help to prevent feline health issues such as digestive problems caused by hairballs. Regular grooming can also help to improve the health of your cat’s skin and coat.
Consider picking a time when your cat is relaxed and even perhaps during his sleeping hours. Just start with short sessions of brushing and cleaning their eyes. Ensure they are being treated like royalty! Praise them and give them some dry treats afterward. So your cat has a positive grooming experience.
Regular brushing is a must – it offers many benefits like removing any dead hair and dirt stuck in the fur, to remove and prevent any mats and tangles. Always be sure to use a brush or comb, and brush in the direction that the hair naturally lays, never against. Be sure to be extra gentle around the belly and chest, most cats won’t let you groom this area.
For shorthaired cats:
- Start with a fine-toothed metal comb. Run it through the cat’s fur from head to tail tip. Watch for small pepper-like specks that could indicate the presence of cat fleas.
- Use a bristle or soft rubber brush next to remove loose hair.
For longhaired cats:
- Start with a wide-toothed comb to remove debris that may be caught in the cat’s coat. Carefully untangle any knots.
- Next use a wire brush or a bristle brush to remove loose hair.
- Consider using a toothbrush to brush around the cat’s face.
If ever you should encounter any kind of matting in your cat’s fur, don’t try to cut it out all at once, you need to trim little bits and pieces off first so you can see where the skin touches the fur. There is a way to avoid this – which is by brushing daily or a couple of times throughout the week for either a short or long haired cat.
Yes, it is true – you can give your cat a bath! Although it is well known in the modern culture that most cats aren’t particularly fond of water, it is possible to bath a cat and some cats like the Mainecoon LOVE water! Your cat’s coat might develop an odor or the color of their fur seems somewhat dull – for which the regular tongue wash just won’t do it. If you do it right, bathing your cat can be pleasant for the both of you.
- Start by making the water temperature warm.
- Use a shampoo that’s made specifically for use with cats, pH balanced & tearless.
- Use either a tub or a mat for your cat to stand on, they tend to not like being submerged.
- Gently wet the cat down using a spray hose, keeping the water speed on low.
- Start at the cat’s head, and gently work in the shampoo from head to tail.
- Rinse gently but thoroughly, making sure that all the shampoo is rinsed out.
- Gently pat dry with a large towel.
THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT!
Cats have a low grooming maintenance – but your cat does need a helping hand every now and then.