Grooming Your Cat
Monday, October 12, 2015 | Nhs Behavior Department
Grooming your cat is a great way to monitor his health and help keep him looking and feeling great. Spend time interacting with him every day to ensure that any issues are caught quickly.
- Ask your vet what signs to look for that might indicate a concern. When grooming your cat, take a quick look in his eyes to check for any given flags.
- Tear-staining cats should have their eyes wiped at least three times weekly with a damp cotton ball or cloth.
- Look in your cat’s ears regularly to look for any problems, such as ear mites or infections. Check with your veterinarian on how to clean your cat’s ears.
- teeth: Brushing is great way to ensure good dental health. Check your cat’s teeth once a week for tartar build-up. Specialty treats and dry cat food can help prevent tarter build up.
- Trimmed nails feel better. Aim to clip every one to two weeks. When trimming your cats’ nails:
- Start slow to help your cat get used to getting its foot handled.
- Gently massage each paw and in between each toe. By gently pushing on the cat's pad with your thumb and finger, the nail will come out.
- Clip the tip of the nail to avoid cutting the quick (vein). This is painful and will cause bleeding.
- Use a dab of baking soda or flour to stop any bleeding.
- Trim one nail a day and reward with a great tasting treat.
- Once your cat is comfortable, you will be able to clip all the nails in one session.
- Remove your cat’s collar before you begin.
- Use short firm strokes with a good quality cat comb for all coat types. This will remove as much loose fur as possible.
- If you find any mats, gently pull them apart with your fingers, then comb. Mats are commonly found in the "armpit" area. Only clip mats out when there is no alternative.
- After removing the loose fur, a thorough brushing will make the coat shiny and clean. Many cats enjoy this and it can be a great way to bond with your cat.
- Cats are typically very efficient at cleaning themselves and do not need regular baths. However, if you need to bathe your cat:
- Use a cat shampoo.
- The water temperature should be about 100 degrees to match the cat’s body temperature.
- After washing, rinse out all shampoo.
- Hand dry with a large towel and keep out of drafts until completely dry.
For help finding the right grooming products for your cat, stop by our Animal Outfitters store or ask your vetenarian.