An Introduction to Cat Grooming

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As a general rule a cat will keep itself fairly clean. Cats are fastidious animals and they are often taught how to wash and groom themselves by their mothers. In spite of the fact that dogs are far more inclined to keep themselves clean than are dogs, they can still use a little help here and there, especially if you your cat is of the long haired variety.

A major problem for cats who groom themselves vigorously is that they tend to get balls of hair forming in their throats and this can be uncomfortable and will often cause your cat to vomit. When you remove some of your cat’s loose hair with grooming then you reduce the probability that they will be swallowing hair balls and vomiting all over your carpet. It is a good idea to get your cat used to brushing while he or she is still a kitten as they are more likely to accept the practice than they would be if fully grown. Giving your cat a regular brushing helps to bring the natural oils to the surface, making his coat look fresh and shiny. Brushing will remove loose dirt and grit as well as any loose hair that could result in hair balls.

The regularity and type of grooming that a cat needs will vary depending on the breed. Short haired cats may only need grooming once or twice a week while longer haired breeds will need more regular attention if their coat is not to become dirty and matted. You will need a slicker brush to tease apart any tangled and matted hair, don’t leave it, if you notice that your pet’s coat is matted you should deal with it as soon as possible because it can irritate your cat and they may start trying to scratch the hair out themselves. If your cat’s coat has formed into clumps then you should go to the vets, they are trained to deal with this very common problem and will have your cat comfortable again in no time.

Worming and Flea Treatment

When you first take your kitten to the vets they will more than likely advise that the animal should be wormed and treated for fleas. Many kittens are born with fleas and worms and fleas in both cats and dogs tend to go together. If your pet balks at taking the worming tablets then it is best to crush them as fine as you can and then hide it in favourite tidbits like a piece of chicken or fish. If you use a flea treatment on your cat at regular intervals it will save your pet from a lot of discomfort and possible hair loss that can occur with flea and mite infestation, and it will also keep your home free of these pests. While cat grooming need not be as intensive as it needs to be with a dog, it should still be undertaken from time to time to keep your cat healthy and comfortable.

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