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GUIDE TO GROOMING YOUR CAT
As a cat owner, grooming cats may seem easy but that shouldn’t limit your responsibility to take care of.
The grooming session is a good time to properly check your cat’s eyes, ears, claws, and teeth. Choose a relaxed, quiet time to groom your cat. For a young kitten, take the time to carefully handle these areas to get her used to this session. By the time she is grown-up; manipulating these areas will not be a traumatic event. For an adult cat, you may proceed at her pace.
Choosing peaceful setting.
First, choose the right place to groom your cats. Your cat needs to be a little distracted so that it’ll always welcome you to groom her. Grooming outdoors during the early morning or in the evening is probably the perfect grooming setting for your cat. This setting provides sound and activities to distract your cat to what it’s going to face.
After choosing a convenient location, start the initial combing of your cat with a fine toothed metal comb. Make sure to keep watch for any sign of parasites or fleas. A soft brush or bristle comb, which is less likely to irritate her skin, is recommended. Repeating this process with a hard rubber brush will enable you to exert more pressure on your cat without causing any inconvenience.
After brushing and combing your cat, carefully rub the palm of your hand over her coat, and after that give her the last wipe with a chamois. Note: Before you start brushing your long haired cat, sprinkle fuller’s earth or cornstarch through her coat and then carefully massage it to make sure the powder is uniformly spread. Fuller’s earth is a natural way to keep fleas at bay.
Examine the mouth.
Next is to lift her upper lip to check her gums. Her gums ought to be pink and her teeth, white. If you choose to brush your cat’s teeth, make sure to use specially made toothpaste for cats, as human toothpaste are toxic to your pet.
Trimming the Claws
Trimming your cats claws is fairly easy. Start your cat from a young age and make it part of your routine, this will make it much easier. When your cat gets a bit older it can be more difficult to fit this into your routine, but you can easy your furbaby into it. You can see our full guide to claw trimming on the blog next week!
Another important step to grooming your cat is to give her a bath. It is recommended to take a small carrier along with a clean towel into the bathroom with you in case your cat gets agitated before, during or after the bathing routine. The cat can be placed in the carrier until he or she settles down.
HELPFUL TIP: Installing a detachable shower head can make bath time easier, I have found this to be very beneficial to making bath time process go more smoothly and efficiently getting your cat wet.
After bathing, use a cotton ball dampened with warm water to clean the inner parts of your cat’s ears. Be careful not to put a cotton ball into her ear canal, else she reacts and gets injured.
Grooming your cat is very important as it helps to establish a bond/relationship between you and your beloved pet. If you start prepping your cat today, the two of you will have fun moments and experience together.
We hope that you will find this guide to grooming helpful! What is the grooming routine like at your house? Tell us about it down in the comments!
Have a PAWsome day!
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