Known for having their own fastidious grooming routine, most inexperienced cat owners think that their feline furbaby probably doesn’t need a great of care in the grooming department. However, the truth is that all cats can benefit tremendously from you regularly cleaning and grooming him too. If you are particularly busy or concerned about taking on this responsibility yourself there are plenty of professional groomers who will be more than happy to take the job off your hands – for a fee of course. However, you can save yourself a considerable sum of money by undertaking the task yourself, and many people find that it provides them with a unique opportunity to bond with their feline best friend.
The notion of grooming and bathing your cat may seem impossible, but most owners find that with patience and cooperation from their cat, it actually becomes a fairly straightforward process. This is of course helped by the fact that grooming a cat doesn’t have to be done too frequently since your furbaby tends to take care of her own day to day cleanliness.
Bathing your cat
By far the trickiest part of keeping your cat clean is bathing her. Felines are well known for their dislike of the water, so the key to the entire process is to make it as fast and pleasant as possible for her. After a while, some cats even learn to tolerate the process without too much fuss!
One of the best things that you can do to prepare your cat for a bath is to try and wear her out a little beforehand. This should help make her more placid and hopefully withstand the process a little more easily.
Pop a rubber mat at the bottom of your bath before you run it full of lukewarm water. This will give your cat’s paws some traction, so she doesn’t slip and slide around too much. Make sure you don’t run the bath too deep – the tops of your cat’s legs is high enough. Use a low-pressure shower head or a cup to pour the water over your cat, then work some shampoo into her body from the neck down to create a nice, fluffy lather. Once she is covered, rinse her down using clean water, lift her out and wrap her in a warm towel to pat her dry.
You should never clean her face or ears in the bath. Instead use a soft, damp washcloth to gently wipe them down, all the time offering words of reassurance.
Grooming your cat
There are various aspects of grooming your cat that you may wish to undertake yourself. The two most common include:
Brushing her coat
While her own grooming routine undoubtedly keeps her fairly clean, regular brushing is needed to remove dirt, grease and dead hair from her coat. It also helps to eliminate dead skin cells and stimulates blood flow and natural oils, improving the condition of her coat. Bear in mind that long-haired cats will need to be brushed more often than short-haired varieties.
Trimming her claws
Cats tend to scratch to help keep their nails under control, but they often still need their claws trimmed on a fairly regular basis. This is something that even some experienced owners will pass onto a professional since it can be a tricky task. However, with practice it is possible. Be very careful not to cut the pink part of her nail. This is known as the quick and is where the nerves and blood vessels are. Cutting this area can be very painful and cause bleeding.
If you would like more information or advice on the best way to bath or groom your cat, our team of experienced veterinarian would be delighted to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact Oak View Animal Hospital in Old Montgomery Highway Pelham, Alabama at your convenience.