5 grooming tips for your cat
June 20, 2022, 4:39 PM
3 minute read
As a cat parent, you might think your little fur babies can groom themselves to soothe themselves, stay clean, and reduce anxiety.
While it’s true that cats require less grooming than dogs, there are several things they can’t handle on their own.
Therefore, it is important to groom them at home, bond with them, and keep them clean and hygienic.
Give your cat a bath once every few months
Cats don’t need frequent baths like dogs.
But, some days they can smell or be sticky and need a good scrub.
Give them a bath once every few months.
Use lukewarm water and cat shampoo and gently rinse the neck, back, between the toes and under the tail.
Clean their face with a damp washcloth to keep them fresh and hygienic.
Brush your cat at least once a week
To keep your cat’s fur healthy, soft, clean and shiny, be sure to brush it at least once a week with a soft bristle brush or pin brush.
A good brushing session will remove dead skin, debris and dirt from their skin and prevent knots, tangles or hairballs.
If you have long-haired cats, brush them twice a week to prevent mats from forming.
Brush your teeth regularly
It is important to maintain the health of your cat’s gums and teeth to avoid stinky breath or dental problems.
Apply a little cat toothpaste to a soft toothbrush, specially designed for cats, and gently brush their teeth to remove tartar.
Avoid using a human toothbrush as it is too large for your cat’s mouth and not gentle enough to use on her gums.
It is important to clean your cat’s ears frequently to avoid ear infections, redness, inflammation, swelling, odor or mites.
Healthy cat ears will have no odor and a pale interior.
Dampen the corner of a washcloth, wrap it around your finger, and gently wipe the tips of your cat’s ears.
Never insert your fingers into their ears as this may damage them.
Don’t forget to cut their nails
Your cats need to scratch to maintain healthy paws.
So, give them a nail trimming session every few weeks, as long nails can cause erratic gait, breakage, infection, or painful abscesses.
Use a grinder or small nail clipper, wrap your cat in a towel, and gently clip her nails above the snitch.
Avoid cutting your nails near the pink area to prevent bleeding.