Cats are known to have independent behavior, they love grooming their selves, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy a bit of pampering. As a feline owner, you are still responsible for ensuring they have a clean and healthy coat.
In this article, we’ve gathered the best cat grooming tips.
1. GROOM THEM YOUNG
Just like the famous quote say, “teach them young.” Kittenhood is the perfect time to train them on getting used to grooming because mother cats preen their kittens, which makes them more accepting and receptive to being handled and groomed by humans. Of course, you could still train your older cat by handling them more, but if possible, make sure to introduce your kitten to grooming early.
2. BRUSH THEM REGULARLY
Did you know brushing your cat’s fur will ensure it stays healthy and shiny? For Short-haired cats, brush them once a week, and for long-haired cats, 2-3 times per week to prevent matting and hairballs. Brushing removes dirt and dead skin for healthier fur. On top of that, make sure you use a good brush specifically designed for pets, like Vofami’s Electric Vapor Pet Cleaner Comb.
3. CLEAN THEIR EARS
Inspecting the ears should be part of your grooming routine. Apply a vet-recommended ear cleaning solution to a cotton ball or pad, and wipe away any dirt or buildup. Avoid the ear canal, as they are extremely sensitive to any pressure.
4. TRIM YOUR CAT'S NAILS EVERY FEW WEEKS
As a feline owner, you should know that overgrown nails can negatively affect cats as these can be snagged and caught in soft surfaces, leading to injury. Make sure your cat is okay with you touching its paws. You can train them to get handled for a few weeks before you clip their nails. Once they are used to it, use a cat nail trimmer and gently press and extend each paw to keep the claws from retracting. Start trimming the nails, and make sure you avoid the sensitive pink base of the nail (at all costs!) and stick to trimming just the sharp tip of your cat’s claws.
5. DON'T FORGET THE TREAT
Cats learn by positive reinforcement. Before attempting to groom your cat, have treats on hand to make the experience more enjoyable for them. They will soon learn that positive things, like treats, help offset the discomfort of the grooming session. They are more likely to put up with the procedure without getting all fussy.