Cats generally take care of their own grooming, to keep their skin healthy and coat smooth and clean. But as your kitty grows older, they may not be able to clean up as well – most likely because of arthritis or other old-age illnesses. But don’t fret, they may actually be counting on you to keep them clean and comfortable.
Why Grooming is Good for your Cat
Cats’ tongues are so used to being called ‘sandpaper’, but in reality, they’re like mini-brushes – working to remove dead hair, while distributing oils throughout the coat. Grooming smooths down your cat’s fur, insulating their body. Not only will this faster for them to groom themselves, it will also stimulate the glands at the base of his hair, which waterproof their coat. Grooming also allows you to check for signs of fleas, ticks, skin irritations, lumps or sore spots.
Grooming a Short-Haired Cat
Cats with short hair, fine or single coats may not need much help with grooming. But brushing once a week with a 2-in-1 Combo Brush will keep your kitty’s coat smooth and glossy. Its sturdy, nylon bristles gently remove tangles and whatever muck they may have gotten themselves into.
Simply brush from head to tail, and down the legs. And don’t forget behind those ears and the base of their tail.
Grooming your Medium Haired Cat
Kitties with a medium-length coat know what it’s like to get a bit matty. So try grooming them with a slicker brush, 2-in-1 combo brush, shedding brush and/or moulting comb.
Grooming a Long Haired Cat
Felines with long hair, thick or double coats need a bit more of the royal treatment throughout the year. Those pesky Persian coats are quite prone to knotting, and without daily brushing or the use of a Moulting Comb, can matt very quickly.
Also, some long-haired, older cats can get a slightly greasy feel to their. This actually means they’re not grooming enough. Proper brushing and wiping with a damp cloth can help help, and you might even try adding a small amount of cat shampoo to the damp cloth. Then carefully (yes, we mean very carefully) using water to wipe the suds away.
Using a slicker, 2-in-1 combo brush and shedding brush on any long-haired kitty will make their coat glossy and tangle-free.
Not to mention remove loose hairs and dead skin, and help with circulation.
A Slicker Brush
The Slicker Brush removes matts, tangles and loose hairs, while distributing those natural oils that promote a shiny, healthy coat. Simply brush with long strokes in the direction of their hair growth.
A Shedding Brush
The Shedding Brush removes loose, dead hair from your your cat’s undercoat, without damaging the top coat. Even better, it helps to keep the hairballs under control.
A Moulting Comb
The Moulting Comb removes loose and moulting hair, which stimulates their skin and hair follicles and gives them a shiny coat. The comb’s rounded pins not only make the whole experience more comfortable, but they’ll also get a bit of a massage!
Combing for Fleas
No matter what type of coat your cat has, using a flea comb will help to remove those pesky pests known as fleas. While combing, you’ll want to pay particular attention to the areas around their ears; back of the neck, and base of their tail. You can also apply a cat flea treatment if your furry friend need extra help keeping their fleas away.
Hairballs and Grooming
Hairballs usually happen when your cat regurgitates hair that’s been piling up in their stomach from their grooming. Most cats get hairballs, but the ones who have long hair or love grooming themselves are especially prone.
It all goes to show how important grooming really is for your hairy little hider.
Not only will grooming help stop your cat from eating their own fur for dinner – it will also keep their shedding off your sofa and clothes!