Caring for a Fluffy Cat

Our feline friends are all very unique, and they are all adorable in their own way. Some are sleek and shiny, while others are super fluffy. If you have a long-haired cat, you definitely have a very cute pet! These pretty furballs do need some extra attention, however. Read on as a Webster, NY vet offers tips on caring for fluffy cats.

Grooming

Our feline pals certainly take their beauty routines seriously. Your cat may spend several hours a day carefully grooming herself. Fluffy may still need a helping hand, however. Make a habit of brushing your cat regularly. Long-haired kitties cats often get knots and tangles under her armpits and around their bottoms, so pay extra attention to these areas. Of course, you’ll need to convince your cat that being brushed is a form of getting pampered. Choose a time when your pet is relaxed. (Given that cats spend the majority of their time napping, this shouldn’t be too hard!) Brush your little buddy gently, moving in the direction of her coat. To sweeten the deal, work in some cuddles, and tell your cat that she’s a pretty kitty. Our adorable furry friends absolutely love compliments!

Diet

Proper nutrition is crucial to your kitty’s overall health, and is also crucial to her fur. A good, nourishing diet will help keep Fluffy’s coat looking soft and shiny. It can also reduce the amount of fur your cat sheds, by cutting down on the amount of dead fur your feline buddy gets. Your furball may also benefit from certain supplements, such as fish oil and/or Omega-3 oils. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including serving sizes, supplements, and snacks.

Furcuts

You may want to trim some of the fur around Fluffy’s bottom, so that she doesn’t get litter or fecal material stuck there. Use scissors with rounded tips.

Hairballs

Long-haired kitties are rather prone to getting hairballs. Hairballs happen when Fluffy accidentally swallows some of her own fur while grooming herself. Brushing your pet will be a big help here, as it will trap that dead fur in a brush before your feline companion can swallow it. You may also need to give your cat a hairball remedy. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Please contact us, your local Webster, NY animal clinic, anytime.