Grooming your Cat


 

Grooming your Cat​

Although cats spend a large portion of their waking hours licking themselves grooming your cat is essential to keep her happy, healthy and clean.  Some senior cats and long haired breeds can not keep their coats in good condition by themselves and need grooming to stay in good shape.  Grooming is also one of the best ways to bond with your cat.  It builds trust and affection and if you have a kitten grooming can be the ideal way to get her used to being touched and handled.

Why is grooming good for my cat?

Grooming your cat includes brushing, bathing, clipping her coat, cleaning her ears, brushing her teeth and clipping her claws.  Regular brushing gives your cat a healthy skin and coat as it controls shedding (moulting), stimulates the circulation, prevents hairballs and distributes natural oils.  Grooming also allows you to monitor your cat's health by checking for cuts, swelling, lameness, lumps and parasites like fleas and ticks.  

How often should I groom my cat?

How often you groom your cat depends on her breed, age and health.  If you have a senior cat or a cat with a medical condition she may not be up to grooming herself and will rely on you to keep her coat clean and tidy.  Long haired cats that enjoy hunting and playing outside will need additional grooming to clear caked on mud and bits of twig. 

Visit our Cat Health and Vaccinations Advice to learn more.

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Different breeds, different needs

All cats shed (moult) – even hairless cat breeds like the Sphynx shed dander (dandruff/dried skin) and need regular maintenance to feel their best. 

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How do I groom my cat?

Cats enjoy being groomed so don't be surprised if your cat begins to purr whilst you are brushing her coat!  Firstly prepare a grooming area.  This should be a table with a non-slip surface at a height that is comfortable for you both. Some owners prefer to groom their cats on their laps.   Assemble all the grooming equipment you will need so that it is easy to hand.  

Grooming Check List

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If your cat is not used to being groomed keep the first sessions short and keep her as relaxed as possible.  Praise, stroke and reassure her to build her confidence and reward her with a treat once grooming is done.

Brush her very gently in the direction that her coat grows.  As you brush examine her for burrs, seeds and thorns and remove any that you find as they can irritate and cause infections.  If her coat is matted always hold the base of the mat as you comb it through to avoid pulling at her skin.  If you need to cut the mat out, avoid cutting your cat by keeping your hand between the scissors and the skin. 

If you notice tiny black specks on your cat's skin whilst you are grooming her this is a sign that she has fleas.

View our Cat Health and Vaccinations Advice to learn more about fleas and worming.

Visit our Cat Products section for flea and worm treatments.

If your cat has sore spots, itchy skin, or a notably dull coat check with your vet in case this is a sign of an underlying illness.  If your cat has a clean bill of health you could consider changing her diet.  There are several cat foods available that improve your cat's skin and coat and if these symptoms are due to an allergy you can also find cat foods for 'sensitive' cats.

View our Cat Feeding Advice to learn more.

 

How do I bath my cat?

Generally it's not necessary to bath your cat unless she is very dirty or she is a show cat. Many cats do not like water and find a bath a frightening and traumatic experience.

Visit our Cat Products section for a wide selection of cat shampoos and conditioners​.

 

Checking my cat's ears, teeth and claws

Checking your cat's ears, teeth and claws should be part of your regular grooming routine.

Tooth Brushing – It is possible with a little patience to train your cat to have their teeth brushed.  An estimated 70% of cats over 3 years of age develop dental problems.  Brushing your cat's teeth stops bad breath, removes plaque and tartar, prevents gum disease and stimulates blood flow to the gums.  Only use cat toothpaste and toothbrushes.  

View our Cat Products section for a choice of cat toothpastes and brushes.

Ear Cleaning– Your cat's ears are very delicate and sensitive but they must be cleaned to prevent the build-up of wax and the growth of bacteria, fungus, and yeast, as these can lead to infection and itching.  Never use cotton buds to clean your cat's ears.  Cleansers, drops and wipes are the safest method.

View our Cat Products section for our range of cat ear cleansers, drops and wipes.

Claw Clipping – If your cat spends a lot of time outdoors her claws will naturally be worn down however if your cat is an indoor-only cat or a senior cat you may need to have their claws trimmed every few weeks.  A cat's claws are living tissue with a blood filled vein (a quick).  If you clip your cat's claws too close to the quick this can hurt them and cause bleeding.  Understandably owners can be nervous of clipping their own cat's claws.  If you have not clipped your cat's claws before we recommend that you contact a professional groomer who can either clip them for you or show you how.

 

Benefits of Professional Cat Grooming

Professional Groomers are skilled experts who have the experience and equipment to safely groom cats of all sizes, ages and breeds.  They are also trained to spot potential health risks before they become major complications, giving you peace of mind that your cat is in the best hands.  

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