Cats are able to groom themselves using their tongue and teeth. However, sometimes your four-legged friend may get dirty or become smelly and you may to groom him/her. Grooming is a great opportunity to bond with your pet and it allows you to detect skin abnormalities and other possible signs of disease. Some cats do not tolerate being groomed and they may hurt themselves or you during the process. In these cases, I recommend that you make an appointment with a professional groomer or a veterinarian to have your cat groomed.
Trimming Your Cats Claws
- Take a paw in your hand and use your thumb and pointer finger to gently press down on the top and bottom of the paw.
- Trim the tip of the claw.
- Don't get too close to the pink part of the nail called "the quick," where blood vessels and nerve endings are. Cutting this area may lead to pain and bleeding. If your cat bleeds while you apply a little pressure to the tip of the claw or dip the claw in a bit of cornstarch.
- You may not be able to trim all the claws at once. Be patient and try to trim the remaining claws another day.
Brushing Your Cat
You do not always need to bath your cat; sometimes brushing him/her is enough to remove dirt, grease, dead hair and death cells from your pet’s coat. It also stimulates blood circulation, which improves the overall condition of his/her skin. It is advisable to brush your cat twice per week.
- Use a metal comb to brush your cat’s hair in the direction the coat grows.
- Brush all over her body, including his/her chest and abdomen.
- Remove dead hair and tangles.
Bathing Your Cat
- Bath your cat when he/she is most mellow.
- It is recommended to trim your cat’s claws and brush him/her before the bath.
- Place cotton balls in her ears to keep the water out.
- Thoroughly wet your cat with warm water, taking care not to spray directly in his/her ears, eyes and nose.
- Gently massage your per with a cat shampoo. Do not use human shampoo because it can dry your cat’s skin.
- Thoroughly rinse the shampoo off with warm water.
- Thoroughly dry your cat with a towel and if he/she allows, use a blow dryer.
Signs of Skin Problems in Cats
While you groom your cat you should keep an eye on skin disease signs.
Take your cat to the veterinarian if you observe any of these signs.
- Constant scratching
- Licking and chewing at the skin
- Redness or inflammation
- Scaly patches
- Dry, flaky or irritated skin
- Hair loss
- Swellings or lumps
- Skin discoloration
- Areas with blood or pus
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