We all agree kittens are above-and-beyond adorable as is, but grooming is still one of the best things you can do for them. Here’s why:
Brushing your kitten brings you closer. Awww…
Even if it is grooming, the more you hang out with your pocket-size Pixie-bob, the more he’s able to bond with you. He’ll learn how to trust you, and your handling. He may even become a social catterfly, in the process.
Grooming is a healthy decision.
Brushing not only removes knots, but also gives your little lion wannabe a shiny coat by stimulating the oil glands in his skin. Grooming also makes it easy to spot parasites like fleas, in your kitten’s coat. He’s too young to join the circus, after all. Skin problems? You’ll notice those too, if he has any.
Say farewell to furballs.
By brushing your kitten, you’re getting rid of hair that would otherwise be licked and likely swallowed by your compact client, which is how hairballs happen. So, the more you groom, the less you’ll see of those hairy monsters (who make dust bunnies look tame).
How to groom your bitty kitty.
Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we?
Brushing and combing.
Some kittens love being brushed, while others would rather be toying with a paperclip somewhere. Really, kittens just need to get used to it. If yours seems a little scaredy-cat at first, start slowly with a very soft brush, and for a short time. It’s best to stop just before your little one’s had enough. If you’re gentle, you’ll gain his trust and be able to groom him properly sooner rather than later. He’ll probably even let you tackle his tummy area (figuratively speaking, of course) where the soft hair can become knotted, on longhaired cats.
If you do own a longhaired hippie kitten like a Persian, you’ll want to groom him regularly since their long, fine hair tends to mat quickly. But other types of cats can benefit from a routine spruce, as well. Just ask your breeder or vet about the best way to groom your cat’s breed.
What to use on your furry friend? Shorthaired kittens do well with a soft-bristle brush or mitt-type groomer. P.S. He’ll love the ‘massage’ sensation. Longer-haired kittens may need a wire comb as well as the brush, for detangling.
Nailing the nail-clipping.
Small kittens may need their nails clipped before they enter that biiiiiiiiig world of tree trunks and posts, beyond the window glass.
Or, if you’d like your teeny Tabby to be an indoor cat, having his nails clipped should become part of his regular routine, for all nine lives. So again, it’s all about getting your kitten used to having his nails shortened.
Begin by using proper cat-nail clippers. Start out slowly – no hissy-fits with your kitten, even if he starts it. It helps to have someone else hold your pint-sized Peterbald while you gently push the pad around his nail, so it extends. Most nails are clear, allowing you to see the pink tissue or ‘quick’, which you’ll want to avoid cutting. Take a small amount off the nail to start, and only do one or two nails. It’s always best to stop just before your kitten struggles. When you’re finished, reward your runty Ragdoll with a ‘good kitty’ – or a simple ‘you…light up my life’ will do. We’d throw in a kitten treat, too, for good measure.
Even though the whole nail-clipping process sounds like a ton of fun, it’s best to have a scratching post (or two) around, as well.
Questions on clipping? Just ask your vet.
There you have it – the whole ball of string. Happy grooming!