Grooming Your Cat

As you probably have noticed, cats are very good about keeping themselves clean. In fact, Fluffy may spend up to a third of her waking time grooming herself. However, that doesn’t mean your pet can’t use a little help now and then. Read on as a Coon Rapids, MN vet discusses grooming your cat.

Benefits of Grooming
There are actually some great benefits of grooming your cat. Grooming will help remove dead hair and dander from your pet’s coat. This will help her stay warm in winter and cool in summer, and can help reduce hairballs. It’s also great for her circulation! If Fluffy has long fur, she may need help with tangles in hard-to-reach areas, like her armpits. Senior cats also often need a helping hand with grooming, as they can’t always reach their entire bodies very easily. Last but not least, grooming your cat is a great way to spend some time with her, and bond with her. Many kitties love being pampered!

Getting Started
If you have a kitten, get your furball used to her beauty sessions while she is still little. Pick a time when your pet is feeling relaxed and cuddly. (Hint: a vigorous play session and a good meal will have Fluffy feeling calm and sleepy.) Settle down with your kitty on your lap, and start petting her, going in the direction of her fur. Then, slowly incorporate the brush. Talk to Fluffy in a soothing voice as you are brushing her, so she knows she’s being pampered. When your feline pal decides she’s had enough, just stop.

Bathing
While you don’t absolutely have to bathe your feline friend, it isn’t a bad idea to get her used to the process. That way, if anything ever happens that would necessitate a bath—such as a run-in with a skunk—you’ll have a much easier time getting your furry pal clean again. First, be sure to get the all-clear from your vet. When bathing your pet, always use warm, not hot water, and stick to products made specifically for cats. Be careful not to get water in Fluffy’s eyes, ears, nose, or mouth! Use a teapot or pitcher for rinsing. Ask your vet for more information.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Coon Rapids, MN pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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