As they say, a clean cat is a healthy and happy cat, and we’re here to make it happen. A little maintenance may go a long way, from skin and fur care, bathing, brushing, shedding, ear care, paw and nail care, to dental care and ear care. Some cats cannot tolerate the grooming process, and potential injuries could happen, and if that’s the case, it is better to set up an appointment with a veterinarian or professional groomers to have your cat groomed.
Cats are well-equipped to handle their own hair care needs, however if your fastidious feline gets very dirty, sticky or smelly, it’s time to give your cat a good bath. When it comes to bathing your cat, schedule baths when your cat is at her most mellow. For your own protection, it is advisable to trim your cats claws before bathing. Brushing is helpful in removing your cat’s dirt, dead hair, grease, and skin flakes, as well as for proper blood circulation and improvement of overall condition of your cat’s skin. It is best to brush your cat once or twice a week to keep your cat’s skin healthy, and this is most beneficial when your cat is no longer able to groom on her own as your cat ages. For short-haired cats, use a metal comb from your cat’s head to tail, brushing in the direction where the coat grows, and brush all over your cat’s body, the chest and abdomen, focusing on one section at a time, to remove hair tangles and dead hair. For cats with long hair, you can start to brush your cat’s abdomen and legs, then gently comb the fur upward toward the head, and don’t forget to also comb the neck fur upwards toward her chin. During your weekly grooming sessions, it is important to run your hands along the cat’s body, check for bumps, wounds and hidden tangles and check for fleas and ticks and black specks of dried blood left by fleas must be done during weekly grooming sessions.
It is advisable to monitor your cat’s ears once a week for debris, wax and infection, and the outer ear should have no bald spots, while the inner ear is light pink and clean. Watch out for signs of ear problems such as head tilting or shaking, persistent pawning and scratching, sensitivity to touch, loss of balance and orientation, unpleasant odor, redness or swelling of ear flap or canal, bleeding, accumulation of dark brown wax and hearing loss. It is essential for cats to have a healthy feet to climb, scratch and achieve amazing acrobatic landings, as well as regularly checking and cleaning your cat’s paws, making sure they are wound-free. For nail care, make sure no other pets are around and it is advised do it when your cat is relaxed, sleepy, groggy or after-meal state.Short Course on Guides – Covering The Basics