As you probably know, our feline friends are very clean. In fact, Fluffy may spend up to a third of the time she is actually awake grooming herself. However, even though your kitty may be very dedicated to her beauty ritual, she could still use a bit of help now and then. Read on as a local Rochester, NY vet discusses grooming your cat.
There are many benefits to brushing your cat. If Fluffy is a senior, or has long fur, she may have trouble keeping up with all that hair. Grooming also removes dead fur and dander from your kitty’s coat. This is a great way to reduce the amount of cat hair you find on your clothes and furniture, as you’ll be trapping it in a brush before it gets stuck to your sofa. Another benefit of brushing is it can help prevent and reduce hairballs, since you’ll be capturing that fur before your furry friend swallows it. Grooming sessions can also be a fun way to bond with your pet, and spend time with her. Last but not least, it’s good for your cat’s circulation. Pick a time when your kitty is relaxed, and start petting her gently. Then, slowly incorporate the brush.
While it isn’t absolutely necessary to bathe your cat, you can if you want to, as long as your vet gives you the green light. Use warm, not hot, water, and products made for kitties. Human shampoos are too harsh for Fluffy, and may strip the oil from her fur, leaving her coat looking frizzy. Be careful not to get soap in your furry little diva’s eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. When it’s time to rinse, use a pitcher or teapot. Once kitty bath time is over, wrap your pet in a towel, and gently pat her dry. Unless your feline buddy doesn’t mind a blow dryer on low heat, just let her go: she’ll start grooming herself, and will soon have her fur back in order.
Give your furry pal treats and compliments during and after her beauty session, so she knows she is being pampered. You may also want to give Fluffy a new kitty toy afterwards, to get that little motor going again.
Please call us, your Rochester, NY pet clinic, for all of your feline pal’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!