Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful, purrrr. – Ginger
Cat grooming nails it all – healthy skin, purr-worthy coat, and one good-looking feline. But any cat would tell you this (with a bat of your shoelace, perhaps) because they’re such efficient groomers, by nature.
As your catty little friend grows older, however, he may not be able to clean up as well. Sometimes it’s because of arthritis or other old-age illnesses. But don’t let ol’ Oreo fool you – he doesn’t dig being all dirty and knotty (he’d rather be naughty). He may actually be counting on you to keep him clean and comfortable.
That’s why we’ve let the cat out of the bag on all-things-grooming, below.
Why grooming is good for Gizmo.
Cats’ tongues are so used to being called ‘sandpaper’, but in reality, they’re like mini-brushes – working to remove dead hair, while distributing oils throughout the coat. Now this may sound as efficient as an electric can opener, but your sleek Siamese still needs proper grooming to stay healthy. Grooming smooths down Puss’s fur, insulating his body. Not only will this make him a faster groomer himself, it will also stimulate the glands at the base of his hair, which waterproof his coat. Grooming also allows you to check for signs of fleas, ticks, skin irritations, lumps or sore spots.
And, what could be better than a little mano y mano, or paw-to-paw time with your mewing mate?
Purrfect ways to brush a cat.
Cats with short hair, fine or single coats may not need much help with grooming – SNAP! Purrrr. But brushing once a week with a 2-in-1 Combo Brush will keep your Chausie’s coat smooth and glossy. Its sturdy, nylon bristles gently remove tangles and whatever muck your Manx has gotten into. Simply brush from head to tail, and down the legs. And don’t forget behind those ears and the base of Tiger’s tail. Cat coat – licked.
Kitties with a medium-length coat know what it’s like to get a bit matty – not to be confused with catty. So, to help your furry friend avoid being called a derivative of Matthew, try grooming him with a Slicker Brush, 2-in-1 Combo Brush, Shedding Brush and/or Moulting Comb:
- The Slicker Brush removes matts, tangles and loose hairs from Scooter, while distributing those natural oils that give him a shiny, healthy coat. Simply brush with long strokes in the direction of his hair growth.
- The Shedding Brush removes loose, dead hair from your scatty crony’s undercoat, without damaging his top coat. Even better, it helps put the hex on hairballs.
- The Moulting Comb removes loose and moulting hair from your Turkish Van’s coat, which stimulates his skin and hair follicles. Translation: He’ll be shiny-as. The comb’s rounded pins not only make the whole experience more comfortable for Casper – they also give him a bit of a massage. Much deserved, of course!
Felines with long hair, thick or double coats need a bit more of the royal treatment – er, grooming – throughout the year. Those pesky Persian coats are quite prone to knotting, and without daily brushing or the use of a Moulting Comb, can matt very quickly. Hisss.
Also, some long-haired, older cats who cling to their hippie pasts get a slightly greasy feel to their coats – and not because they want to be called, ‘Slick’, dude. It actually means they’re not grooming enough. Proper brushing and wiping with a damp cloth can help prevent a coat catastrophe. You might even try adding a small amount of cat shampoo to the damp cloth, then carefully (yes, we mean carefully, Puffy) using water to wipe the suds away.
Using a Slicker, 2-in-1 Combo Brush and Shedding Brush on any long-haired hippie kitty will make his coat glossy and tangle-free, man. Not to mention remove loose hairs and dead skin, and help with circulation.
Combing for fleas. Hissssss.
Now, because cats love drama anyway, let’s talk fleas. Poor kitty-kitty with the itchy-itchy! But don’t worry: No matter what type of coat Tabby has, using a flea comb will help to remove those circus mongers, nits and other debris. While combing, you’ll want to pay particular attention to the areas around his ears; nape of his neck, and base of his tail.
Hairballs, cough, cough.
Just when you think coughing is another look-at-me tactic on Tabitha’s part, out pops a slimy hair blob from her mouth. No, it’s not a party trick – it’s a hairball. Hairballs happen when your cat regurgitates hair that’s been piling up in his stomach. Many cats have ’em, but the ones who have long hair or loooove grooming themselves are especially prone.
It all goes to show how important grooming really is for your hairy little hider. Not only will it help stop your cat from eating his own fur for dinner – it will also keep his shedding off your sofa, schweet-hawt.