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Grooming Your Cat

April 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Grooming Your Cat

Cats are famous for taking care of their own grooming, without needing encouragement from anyone else. Getting involved in your cat’s grooming, however, helps to strengthen the bond between you and provides a chance to check for any signs of ill health. Most cats get used to grooming – and enjoy it.

No cat would like to* be dirty, and it’s up to you to check that your cat stays clean. Neatening is very important, as it aids your cat remain clean and fit. Grooming begins with brushing, as brushing aids to keep the cats hair from becoming hairballs. Brushing will remove loose hair, and aid prevent the chance of hairballs. Several cats have hassle dislodging hairballs. If the cat isn’t able to get a hairball out, it could result in a blockage of the bowels. Blockages are very dangerous, and may rapidly become life threatening for your pet.

Cats that have long hair require to be groomed and combed on a regular basis, though cats with short hair require to be groomed on a weekly basis. When you brush your cat, you should always watch for lumps in the coat and skin irritations. You should begin brushing along the cat’s back, going from his head to his tail. Do this a few times on one side, and then flip to the other. Each area should be brushed a few times in the direction of the way your cat’s hair is growing.

When you brush your cat, you should always avoid brushing his face and hands. If a cat doesn’t like to be brushed, you may still groom him using some other tool. The grooming glove is an excellent alternative to the brush, as most cats don’t mind it at all. Beginning young is the key to grooming, as it will get your cat wont to brushing and grooming. A few cats that have began grooming when they were kittens grow to love it, many of which much look forward to their grooming time.

When brushing your cat, be sure that you check his ears, eyes, teeth, and claws. His eyes should be bright and clear with nothing residing in the boxes. His ears should be clean, pink in color, and no sign of ear mites. Ear mites result from dirt built up in a cat’s ears, and may result in the ears shriveling up and your cat losing his hearing. Ear mites are very disagreeable for the cat, and hard for you as an owner to remove. The best way to remove them – is to check that your cat’s ears stay clean and healthy.

All time you groom your cat, you should always point to go a bit further with your examinations. When your cat remains still, you should always praise him and give him a treat. If your cat doesn’t cooperate and begins to struggle, you shouldn’t fight with him, but rather let him go and try the next day. Once your cat gets used to grooming he will look forward to it each and every day.

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