How to Groom a Cat

The thought of grooming a cat might almost instantly bring forth thoughts and images of loud screeching and shredded arms, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Cats are naturally clean animals, that can take care of most of their own grooming needs, but every so often, they can use a little help from their humans.

If you are starting out with a young kitten, you can get them use to being bathed from the time you bring them home. If not, it may be best not to try and bathe an adult feline that has never been immersed in water before.

To begin grooming your cat, first make sure that you are in a calm mood, as is your cat, and have as few distractions as possible.Have the needed equipment handy, and try to make the grooming go by as quickly as possible.

The first thing you may want to do to groom your cat, is to brush it. Most cats enjoy this, and it helps remove dirt. It also helps spread the natural oil in your cats’ skin that prevents knotting and tangles. You’ll want to start by gently brushing the animal with a metal comb. If the cat has shorter hair, this usually only needs to be done about once a week. Start at the base of the neck and comb backwards towards the tail. You may then want to use a soft bristled brush, to finish removing all the loose hair. If your cat has long hair which has become tangled or knotted, brush the hair in an upward motion with a soft bristled brush.

If you find that you absolutely have to bathe your cat, make sure you use a mild shampoo meant for cats. (Some ingredients in dog flea shampoo’s may make your cat ill). Before bathing, brush your cat as well as possible. Place a towel or some sort of mat in the sink or tub, so the cat will feel more secure. (Being able to grip a surface with it’s paws, might make it less likely to try and grip your arm!) Place about 4 inches of water in the sink, making sure the water temperature is warm, but not too hot. Wet the cat, making sure not to squirt water in his or her eyes, nose or ears. Work a small amount of shampoo in the cat’s hair, beginning with the neck .Rinse well and dry with a towel.

If you feel that your cat’s nails need to be trimmed, use caution, as most animals don’t like their paws touched. It will help if you handle the feet and paws of a young cat from the time you bring it home, to get it accustomed to the feeling of being handled. Have your nail clippers handy, (use only good quality cat nail scissors/clippers), and while holding the cat on your lap, gently squeeze each toe to make the nail extend out. Clip off only the tip of the nail. There are veins in a cat’s nails that will bleed if cut.

Brushing your cat at least once a week will help it maintain a nicely groomed appearance, along with getting the cat itself use to being handled. Lastly, if there’s a colmars dog training service, then surely, there’s also training for cats. So it is better than you also consider it for your pet.