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Grooming Your Cat

As you may have noticed, cats are very clean by nature. Fluffy may spend several hours a day carefully grooming herself and keeping her fur soft and shiny. However, many of our feline pals could use a helping hand with their beauty routines. Here, a Cameron Park, CA vet discusses grooming kitties.

Bathing

While it isn’t absolutely necessary to bathe cats, it can be helpful to get your furball used to the idea. That way, if anything ever happens that would necessitate a bath—such as an encounter with a skunk—you’ll be able to get Fluffy clean again without ending up in the ER. Just be sure to consult your vet first. If you get the all-clear, go for it! Use only kitty shampoo, and be careful not to get soap in your furry friend’s eyes or ears. You may want to put a mat down to protect the tub from scratches. We also recommend wearing long sleeves and jeans. (Full body armor is optional.) Fill the tub or sink with a few inches of warm water, then lather, rinse, and repeat. Use a towel to gently dry Fluffy’s fur.

Brushing

Fluffy will definitely benefit from regular brushing. This will help keep her fur off your clothes and furniture, by trapping it in a brush before it gets all over everything. It will also reduce the amount of hairballs your kitty produces, since she won’t be swallowing as much dead fur. The trick is to make sure Fluffy understands that she’s being pampered, not punished. Pick a time when your furball is relaxed. (Given that cats spend roughly 99.9 percent of their time sleeping, this shouldn’t be hard.) Start by petting your feline friend, following the direction of her fur. Next, start using the brush. Incorporate cuddles and praise to get that little motor going. When your kitty decides she’s done, just let her go.

Clipping

If you have a longhaired kitty, Fluffy may need some extra attention. Longhaired cats often get snarls under their ‘armpits’ and on their behinds. Get a detangling brush for these areas. You may also want to clip the fur around your pet’s bottom, so dirt and waste don’t get stuck there. Use blunt-edge scissors, and give your cat a treat when you’re done.

Do you have questions about cat care? Contact us, your local Cameron Park, CA animal clinic, today!

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