When it comes to our fur children, there is nothing better than making sure that they are well taken care of. Though cats tend to be more low maintenance than many household pets, they still need a lot of care. The good news for us humans is that we get to spend time with our kitties and strengthen our bonds. One of the best ways to do this is grooming your cat. Here are some basic tips to creating your at-home cat grooming routine.
Cats and water, yes, we’ve heard don’t typically get along. However, they can have a great relationship if they are properly introduced. While cats are very hygienic by themselves and they give themselves daily baths, it might be necessary to give your kitty a bath every 4 to 6 weeks to make sure that their skin and coat maintain a healthy look.
To get your cat bath ready, make sure you introduce them properly by following HappyFriendy’s tips about giving your cat a bath. Once you’ve done that, we can move on to the next step.
There are many reasons why you should brush your cat’s coat often. Brushing your cat not only helps your kitty remove excess fur, but it can reduce flea allergies and heartworms. In addition, it can help build the bond between you and your cat because you’re spending quality time together.
Find a brush that suits your cat’s hair length. If your kitty has shorter hair, you can choose a brush with shorter bristles and vice versa. For longer haired cats, you might choose a detangling comb, especially for right out of the bath. Daily brushings can be good, but cats should be brushed a minimum of a couple times a week.
You can begin by making your kitty comfortable and offering them a treat if they are not used to brushing. Start at your cat’s head and work your way slowly back, always making gentle strokes and not pushing too hard. A healthy coat will be thick and shiny once you are finished. Patience is key here, so take your take.
Having a proper dental care routine is also important for your cat’s health. Brushing their teeth can help prevent periodontal disease, which can be extremely painful and shorten your kitty’s lifespan. This, too, will be something you and your cat have to practice.
Make sure you have a specially designed cat toothbrush and a kitty-formulated toothpaste. A meat-flavored toothpaste can also help encourage reluctant cats to brush their teeth. In addition, make sure that you cat gets proper checkups for their teeth.
Nail, Eye, and Ear Care
Nails, eyes, and ears are also something that a vet should check during visits. Since cats rely on their eyes and ears to navigate their world, it’s important to keep them healthy. As you are about to brush your cat’s coat or their teeth, look into your kitty’s eyes to make sure there is no swelling, crustiness, or cloudiness.
For their ears, you can take a quick peek inside to make sure they don’t have excess wax and that there is no redness, which can be a sign of an ear infection. For your cat’s nails, it can be beneficial to keep them trimmed. But if you’re just doing a spot check, make sure that there are no broken or torn nails.
Taking care of your cat properly can help them lead happy and healthy lives. While cats are pretty low maintenance, grooming can be an important part of their mental health and social development. Take the best care of your cat through a proper grooming routine.