Part of my job as a dog and cat groomer is to answer questions. Today, I’d like to address a mistake that comes up frequently.
Do humans need to groom their cats? We watch cats groom themselves constantly, but I’m here to tell you that your helping out your cat will reap benefits for years.
Before I give specifics, I have to address that cats won’t love this as your dog will. So you need to start slow and then work your way up to a longer time.
Bathing a cat is seemingly impossible as herding cats. As a professional, I certainly can take on this task to make both your life’s easier. But if you do this yourself, be sure to use a mild, veterinarian-recommended shampoo and warm water. Stick to your cat’s body keep the entire process as quick as possible.
Long-haired cats may benefit from having their fur clipped or completely shaved to keep them cool and mat-free. This would be another task that you may want to leave to professionals.
To keep your cat’s coat healthy, aim to brush her twice a week. And, of course, long-haired breeds may require brushing more often.
Brushing removes dead hair, dirt, and debris from your cat’s coat, helping to prevent mats before they become unmanageable. Plus, you’ll cut down on shedding and the amount of time you spend getting cat hair off your furniture and clothes.
Remember that initially, grooming sessions should be short and sweet. With time and patience, you’ll be able to get into a more thorough routine.
Regular physical activity and scratching behaviors wear down your cat’s nails naturally, but it’s a good idea to keep them trimmed for their own comfort—and yours.
When your cat is calm and relaxed, gently press on each paw pad to extend the nail. It is important to trim only the white tips! The pink portion of each nail contains the quick, which is made up of nerves and blood vessels that cause bleeding and discomfort when cut.
And again, I would love to help you and your fur baby by trimming their nails.
So, that is a brief overview of why and how your cats need grooming. Dog grooming gets the most conversation because they love time with you SO much and are SO grateful.
This is why you should not feel guilty giving me a call to help. Your cats are grateful… they just show it differently.