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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.

How to Keep Your Cat off The Counter

You love your cat, but she tends to jump on the kitchen counter. You’re tired of finding stray fur in the butter – this bad habit has to stop. But how do you tackle this problem? How can you make sure Fluffy keeps her paws planted firmly on the floor?

Make Sure Your Counter Is Clear and Clean

Don’t leave anything on the counter that you know Fluffy finds interesting. Keep food stored in containers. If you have to use a bag, seal it at the top. Check the sink and wipe away any crumbs or liquids that Fluffy might want to nibble on or lick. This may feel unnecessary, but cats can be stubborn and determined creatures – they’re always full of surprises.

Distract Your Cat with Other Activities

Keep your cat busy with other things. Invest in a toy that dispenses food and let her roll around with it at her leisure. Buy a window-mounted cat bed and place it where the sun shines most prominently in your home. With so many things to play with and see, she will be too distracted to care about your kitchen counter. If money is an issue, cut coupons and wait for sales at your local pet stores.

Be Consistent

Once you start, don’t stop. Don’t scold your cat for jumping on the counter one day and let her get away with it the next day. She won’t catch on, and you will end up even more frustrated. Consistency is the key to your success.

Don’t be afraid to ask your local Lincoln, NE Cat’s Pajamas pet sitter about additional options and assistance.

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