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Tips for Grooming Your Cat

 

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Tips for Grooming Your Cat

Though cats are more independent than dogs, when it comes to staying clean, a helping hand from you certainly doesn’t hurt. There are things you can do to keep Fluffy hygienic and happy throughout the year if you’re willing to make the commitment. Please note that some cats will not tolerate grooming. They may lash out and cause serious injury. If Fluffy requires grooming that involves a haircut (Lion Cut), a professional groomer or your vet clinic is safest. There are several grooming facilities and vet clinics around Lincoln that offer grooming for cats. They can also help you with grooming tools if you’re unsure of what would be best to use at home.

Bathing

If Fluffy is smelly or dirty, it may be necessary to give her a bath.

– Before you bathe her check to see if she has any tangles or mats. If she does, avoid bathing her as water will make them tighter. Call your groomer.

-Wait until she is calm before you start running the water.

-Use a plastic cup or pitcher to pour lukewarm water on Fluffy.

-Thoroughly rinse her fur to get rid of any traces of the cat safe shampoo you used. Any leftover residue could irritate her skin.

-Use a large towel to wipe Fluffy down and keep her in a warm place.

– If Fluffy just won’t tolerate a bath at home, cat friendly wipes can be used for a “sponge bath” until you can make an appointment with your groomer.

Brushing

A good brushing is important. It removes dead skin and keeps her fur free of tangles, among other things.

– A brush or metal comb depending on the length of hair and treats to reward for getting groomed.

-Brush in the direction the coat grows. Never move backward. Cats have very delicate sensitive skin so Fluffy may only put up with a few minutes at a time of brushing.

-Brush her at least once a week to ensure that her fur stays shiny and healthy. Make it a routine that the whole family can participate in. Work together on grooming. Most cats enjoy being brushed.

If Fluffy’s coat looks dingy has lots of itching or still tends to mat up with regular grooming, ask your vet about her food. Fluffy’s food plays a large part in her coat health.

Going away on a trip? Book Fluffy a room at Cat’s Pajamas hotel, your pet sitter can help keep Fluffy brushed so don’t be afraid to ask.