Regular grooming is important for both the health and appearance of our cats. Most cats love to be brushed, especially if this habit is developed from an early age.
- Consistent brushing stops hair from matting, removes loose fur and reduces the risk of irritating hairballs caused by the self-grooming activity of cats
- For best grooming results, use a metal comb first and work it from front to back with the lie of the fur.
- Loose fur can then be removed with a slicker brush or rubber mit.
- If you have a long-haired cat it may be easier to develop a habit of brief daily brushing to avoid painful and difficult to remove matting of the coat
- Using the Animates Cushion Pin Cat Brush (petbarn.com.au) is a gentle and effective way to deal with tough tangles.
- Cat’s can be bathed to improve coat appearance or odour. Brush away dead fur before bathing
- Cats can be nervous around water so quietly run a sink of warm water and lower your cat carefully in
- Another approach would be to sponge your cat from a bucket
- It’s best to use a mild shampoo and carefully work it into the coat. Be sure to rinse thoroughly before drying.
- Begin a habit of playing with your kitten’s paws and claws while they are very young
- You can use an emery board to start with to help your kitten adjust to different sensations on their claws
- Be careful that your cat is comfortable before you start clipping to avoid resistance.
- Use a sturdy pair of clippers to remove the white section at the tip of the nail. Our vets can demonstrate how to safely complete this part of the grooming process