Please find below some useful tips in form of a Guest Post by the team from Pets at Home:
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The Importance of Cat Grooming
Cats are great self-cleaners, so it can be easy to just leave them to it when it comes to grooming! Fastidious kitties will happily spend hours every day grooming away to achieve feline purr-fection, but it’s still really important to lend a hand now and then. Stock up on grooming supplies and have regular grooming sessions so your cat will always look their best.
Grooming should be a fun experience for your cat – nice and relaxing with
Long-haired cats will need more regular grooming sessions than short-haired kitties – no matter how clean they keep themselves, there’s always the chance of a few tangles here and there! So brushing is really important for long-haired cats, and ideally you should give them a brush very day if you can. Shorter haired cats, on the other hand, may only really need one brushing a week.
For a short-haired felines, it’s quite simple: just use a metal comb to brush from head to tail in the direction that their hair grows, and then a soft bristle brush to catch any dead hair afterwards. Just be careful around the tummy, as this is the sensitive spot most likely to upset your cat.
Long-haired cats need a little bit more attention. Comb through their fur to gently untangle knots, or tease the knots out with your fingers, particularly on their legs and belly. Never use scissors to remove the knots. Once all the tangled bits are gone, use a brush with soft bristles to gently groom all over – this will get rid of dirt and spread natural oils throughout your cat’s coat.
Nail clipping is really important too, especially for an indoor cat that won’t wear down their claws quite so easily. You’ll need to get your kitty used to having their paws handled before you go clipping – rub their legs and eventually gently touch each section of their paws, making sure you give them lots of treats and encouragement. It might take a couple of weeks, but eventually they’ll be used to you handling their paws enough for you to clip their claws.
Hold your cat securely and gently apply a really small amount of pressure to their paws – this will make them extend their claws. Use really sharp cat nail scissors or clippers to cut off the white tip, but whatever you do, do not cut into the pink bit further down the nail! This is called the quick, and it will be painful and bleed if you catch it – and your cat will not thank you for it either! Don’t forget, if you’re worried or concerned about trimming your cat’s nails, a grooming professional or vet is best placed to give you some tips and advice on how to do this correctly.
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