Cat Grooming

Ever wonder why some cats always look sleek and beautiful and others look like…well, like something the cat dragged in? While it’s true that some cats (like some people) are just born with “good hair,” a lot of it has to do with grooming. Now, cats are fastidious critters. They tend to take care of themselves pretty well, always licking their fur to keep it clean and in its proper place. But any cat can go from Fluffy to Scruffy without a little help from her human pals.

Longhair vs. Shorthair Cats

The magnificent coat of a champion Persian is truly a work of art. But you’d better believe that it took hours of regular grooming to get it — and keep it — that way. It’s common sense that the more hair there is to take care of, the more work that goes into it. The fluffier the cat’s hair, the more likely it is to form mats, too. These thick tangles of hair can be painful and even tear a cat’s skin if the mats get bad enough. Mats get embarrassing for a cat, too, since the only way to get rid of really bad ones is to shave them off. Nothing looks more uncomfortable than a cat who has been shaved.

  1. Grooming helps minimize the formation of hairballs – hair that a cat ingests as he washes himself. If a hairball lodges in your cat’s digestive tract, it may require surgery to remove.
  2. Combing and brushing helps you detect fleas which deposit dark bits of feces, commonly called “flea dirt,” on your cat. Timely detection of fleas is necessary before the fleas infest your cat and your home. The most efficient way is to use the flea comb to brush out fleas.
  3. Brushing your cat means less vacuuming because more hair will be trapped by your cat’s hair brush and less hair will be deposited on the carpet.
  4.  Regular grooming sessions are a way to spend quality time with your cat. Grooming should be as much fun for your cat as playtime.