Cat Grooming Suggestions

A happy cat is a clean cat, and we can help! From nail trimming to bathing, a little upkeep goes a long way. Continue reading to learn how to keep your cat's eyes, ears, teeth, skin, and fur healthy and clean.

Please keep in mind that some cats dislike being groomed. If your cat resists grooming and there is a risk of injury to your cat or yourself, please schedule an appointment with a professional groomer or a veterinarian to have your cat trimmed.

Skin and Fur Treatment

Cleaning Your Cat

Your fussy feline is well-equipped to handle her own hair care needs, thanks to her built-in grooming equipment (tongue and teeth). However, if she is extremely unclean or gets into something sticky or stinky, you may need to bathe her. Follow these techniques to reduce stress and maximize efficiency.

  1. Bathe your cat when she is at her most relaxed. Even the most rambunctious felines can be tired out by playing with a cat dancer or other toy of choice.f
  2. We recommend cutting Fluffy's claws before bathing for your safety.
  3. Brush your cat thoroughly to eliminate any loose hair and matting.
  4. Place some cotton in her ears gently to keep the water out.
  5. Put a rubber bath mat in the sink or tub where you'll be bathing your cat to keep her from slipping. Fill three to four inches with lukewarm (not hot!) water.
  6. Wet your pet thoroughly with a hand-held spray hose, taking care not to spray directly into her ears, eyes, or nose. If you don't have a spray hose, a plastic pitcher or an unbreakable cup will suffice.
  7. Massage your pet gently from head to tail, in the direction of hair development, with a solution of one-part cat shampoo (human shampoo might dry out her skin). Avoid touching your face, ears, or eyes.
  8. Rinse the shampoo off your cat thoroughly with a spray hose or pitcher of lukewarm water. Take special care to remove all residue, as it can irritate the skin and act as a magnet for debris.
  9. Wipe your pet's face gently with a washcloth. Unless her face is extremely dirty, we recommend using an extra-diluted shampoo solution, being especially cautious around her ears and eyes.
  10. Wrap your cat in a large towel and dry her in a warm, draft-free location. You can use a blow dryer on the lowest heat setting if your cat doesn't mind the noise. If your pet has lengthy hair, you may need to use a wide-toothed comb to thoroughly detangle it.
  11. For a good bathing session, lavish your cat with praise and her favorite reward.

Cleaning Your Cat's Fur

Brushing your cat's coat not only removes filth, grease, and dead hair, but it also helps to remove skin flakes and increases blood circulation, enhancing her skin's overall condition. One or two brushings each week can help your kitty maintain her healthy sheen, and you'll find that regular appointments are especially beneficial when your cat ages and is no longer able to groom herself as diligently.

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