Skin care for your cat
Starting early is the best way to ensure your cat is used to (and enjoys) grooming. Not only does your extra grooming help with knotted, matted and dead hair, it’ll also give you some peace of mind – less hairballs around the house!
When should I groom?
Depends on her hair length. Longhaired cats benefit from daily grooming, while shorthaired cats need no more than one good brushing each week.
What should I use?
A good brush and a sturdy comb is more than enough. You can use a special tool if you’ve got a longhaired cat, or a curry brush for your shorthaired feline friend.
How should I go about it?
A good, thorough 10- to 15-minute brush is long enough to get the tangles and dead hairs out. Just be careful not to cause any discomfort for your cat – if she doesn’t look like she’s enjoying it, don’t force it on her. Wait a while, then try again.
If you’ve got a longhaired cat, keep your eyes peeled for knots or tangled hair. If she gets her coat in a twist, you’ll have to perform some diligent, careful brushing. Grab the fur firmly under the knot (careful not to pull her hair!) and brush out the knot using short, quick motions.
If you feel like there’s just too much tangle for you to handle, there are professional groomers out there that can get the knots out and give her a thorough brush.
The dreaded bath
If you’ve got a longhaired cat, breathe easy: there’s no need to give her baths unless she’s allergic or really dirty. The odd bath here and there will still help her avoid dirt and knots, so if you’d like to start, ask your vet for a shampoo recommendation.
Everyone knows cats…dislike water, to put it mildly. You can set up a bath regime, so she can spend as little time as possible in the water. Some helpful tips: prepare everything before bringing your cat in the bathroom, close the door so she doesn’t run out, and stick a cotton ball in each of her ears so they don’t get wet.
Submerge her in waist-deep water and start lathering up her coat with shampoo. She’ll howl, but don’t worry – this is just a reaction of surprise, it’s perfectly normal. Rinse thoroughly and immediately take her out and into a dry towel. Pat her dry and keep her inside until she dries off completely (never, ever use a hairdryer!). Enjoy your squeaky-clean cat!