Who doesn’t love petting a purring kitten or waving a toy in front of a playful cat? Cats are make wonderful pets, and most cat owners agree that their cat is more than just a pet, it is a member of the family. Just like any other member of the family, your cat has grooming needs as well.
Many people figure that since cats clean themselves they can handle grooming on its own, but your kitty needs your help too! Cats have a lot of fur and licking that fur can cause hairball problems. If you have many cats they are all at a higher risk because groups of cats tend to spend a lot of time cleaning each other.
There are a few cat grooming tools that are important for your cat’s care. Some of the most important tools to consider based on your cat’s needs are a shedding comb, a shedding blade, and a grooming brush. Of course, which of these you needs depends on how thick and long your cat’s hair is. Most shorthairs only need to be brushed with a shedding comb from time to time to help them get rid of the fur they are shedding. Cats with longer fur will need more tools and more help grooming. If you are unsure about what types of tools you should get for your cat or how to use them, don’t be afraid to talk to your vet or a professional groomer.
Another important tool, especially for inside cats who eat mostly dry cat food, is a cat toothbrush. Your kitty’s teeth are very important and should be brushed 2-3 times a week. You can get specially made cat toothbrushes that are angled to be easier to use. You will also want cat toothpaste which is safe for your kitty to swallow and is often made to taste like fish or chicken.
There are also grooming products that make it easier for your cat to keep itself clean and well groomed. Scratch posts are a great example. There are also rugs and posts made for your kitty to rub up against to help them shed. This means the fur ends up on the mat or post instead of in a hairball. Some cats won’t want to use these or won’t use them right, and even if they do you should still take an active role in your cat’s grooming.
There are many reasons why it is important to take an active role in grooming your cat. Your kitty needs to be brushed and groomed regularly to help reduce hairballs and keep their fur and skin healthy. Long haired cats benefit greatly from daily brushing. Along with helping your cat stay happy and healthy, it will help you keep fur off of your clothes and furniture since your cat won’t be shedding as much. Proper grooming can also help improve your kitties blood circulation and is a great bonding experience!
Luckily, most grooming tools are inexpensive and easy to use, making it easy for you to keep your kitty happy and well-groomed. It is important to set up a schedule for brushing your cat’s fur and teeth. Remember, it isn’t just good for your cat’s health, most cats love having their fur brushed! Taking an active role in your kitty’s grooming is an important part of keeping your pet happy and healthy.