Before you begin grooming your cat, examine your attitude. The most important thing you need is love. The next requirement is a calm, confident manner.
Brushing your shorthaired cat will stimulate coat oils and reduce shedding and hairballs. A rubber curry brush works well for single-coated breeds. A fine-toothed comb will remove dead hair and reveal any evidence of flea infestation. This comb is also useful in removing under-eye debris and the scaly crust under the chin that may indicate feline acne, a problem that should be examined by a veterinarian.
Shorthaired cats with double coats can benefit from a gentle slicker brushing, especially during winter months when they tend to shed. Use brisk strokes from head to tail, taking care not to scratch the wire bristles against the cat’s skin, which could cause painful slicker burns.
Longhaired cats need lots of brushing. The mats that form are unsightly and more importantly, mats can be painful to your cat as they pull against the delicate skin and impede movement.
Try to break the mat gently with your fingers. Try a steel flip comb that has wide and narrow teeth. Use a slicing technique with the end of the comb to gently work out the mat. If the mats are too severe and close to the skin, a professional groomer or veterinarian should clip the coat.
When grooming your cat, look for signs of stress. When frightened or stressed, the cat’s ears and whiskers will be flat and the cat may pant. If your cat becomes too much to handle, stop grooming to avoid injury to your cat or yourself.
Compliments of Snip ‘N’ Clip Professional Pet Grooming, 703-771-0223.