How to Groom Your Cats the Right Way?
Cats are happy when they are clean. Though they are good at grooming themselves they still need a little pampering and maintenance. If you are new to this kitty parenting, then the following tips and tricks will help your little furry friend get a new look. Read on the blog to know more.
9 Best Ways to Groom Your Cat
Your cat may not appreciate grooming efforts but once they are accustomed to it, they start enjoying it. Here is the detailed guide that makes the grooming process much easier.
1. Start Grooming Your Cat When They Are Young
Mother Cats groom their litters but grooming them may feel quite unnatural to them. Get your kittens used to being touched and bathed when they are still offspring. You can use natural tick spray to remove your kitty catching ticks and fleas.
To get to know more about tick sprays and how effective they are on your cats, read: Is There A Tick Spray For Cats Too?
2. Brush Regularly
If you have a short-haired cat, then brush it once a week, if it is long-haired, then 2-3 times a week to avoid hairballs and matting. Make sure you use a high-quality brush that doesn’t leave your cat irritated. If your cat grows impatient during grooming sessions, then keep them short.
3. Bathe Your Cat When They Are Calm
Make sure you schedule your feline’s bath when she is at her most mellow. Getting her favorite toys to help her stay calm.
- Start with trimming claws before bathing.
- Brush hair to remove any loose hair.
- Place cotton in its ears to avoid water entering the cat’s ears.
- Place a rubber bath mat in the sink so she doesn’t slip.
- Thoroughly wet cat’s hair by using a hand-held spray.
- Get a pet shampoo and gently massage your pet.
- Thoroughly rinse the shampoo off your cat.
- Carefully wipe your pet’s face with a washcloth.
- After a successful bathing session, reward her/him with praise and a favorite treat.
4. Brush Your Cat
Brushing removes dirt, grease, and dead hair from her coat. It also stimulates blood circulation and improves her/his skin condition. To retain a healthy glow, brush once or twice a week. For aging cats, regular sessions are very important as she/he won’t be able to groom on their own. Here are the things to consider before brushing.
- Check the condition of the cat’s coat.
- Use a metal comb and run it through the cat’s fur from head to tail and remove all dirt and debris.
- For long-haired cats: Start with the abdomen and gently move upward toward the head. Comb the neck fur upward toward the chin.
- Run your hands along your cat’s body and check for wounds, bumps, and hidden tangles.
- Neglecting a cat’s hair can lead to hairballs
5. Ear Care
Monitor your kitten’s ears for wax, debris, and infection. Here is how you can go about ear cleaning.
- Put a little bit of liquid ear cleaner.
- Fold kitty’s ear and gently remove debris, earwax.
- Lift the dirt rather than rubbing it into the ear.
6. Paw and Nail Care
Cats use their feet to scratch, climb, and even perform acrobatic landings. During when their paws and nails lodge dirt. That’s why it’s important to regularly examine and clean a cat’s paws.
Also read: How to Groom Your Cats
7. Nail Care
Wrap your kitty in a towel and give her the perfect manicure. Follow the below steps to achieve one.
- Choose a place where there is sufficient light and allow your itty to sit comfortably on your lap.
- Take one of his/her paws and massage for about 2-3 seconds.
- Make your kitty familiar with the sound of the clipper and before you proceed to trim her nails.
- The pink part of the cat’s nail is called quick. Since this part is sensitive, do not attempt to cut it.
- Keep your cat facing away from you, take her toes in hand, massage and press until its nails are extended.
- If your kitty resists, do not force her.
- Don’t try to trim all claws at once.
- Do not declaw your cat.
- Trim nails every 10-14 days.
8. Dental Care
Cats need a healthy dental life. Any damage to their tongue, teeth can hamper overall health. You can prevent this with regular check-ups and brushing.
9. Eye Care
A regular eye check-up is required to see if the kitty has any tearing, crust, cloudiness, and inflammation. If there is any, then it indicates a health problem.
Here’ how you can her eyes
- Face your cat in the brightly lit area and examine her eyes thoroughly.
- Roll down your kitty’s eyelid gently and take a look at the lid’s lining and remove the gunk carefully.
Above are the best ways to protect your kitties.