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Cat Grooming Tips

Cat Grooming Tips

Grooming is part of a kittens daily routine, helping your cat to look after their coat and helping to control parasites. It’s essential that your cat has a regular grooming and cleaning routine, so check out these handy cat grooming tips.

Start Early:
Get your cat accustomed to being groomed from a very early age. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend grooming your cat until it becomes a part of your cat’s daily routine.

Playing with the Brush:
Like any pet whether its bath time or brushing it’s always a good idea to help your pet relax especially when they aren’t used to it. Let your cat play with comb and brush allowing your cat to get used to them. Stroke your kitten very gently paying particular attention to your cats stomach and hard-to-reach places so she gets more comfortable with being handled.

How to Groom:
Comb gently through her your coat from head to tail, being particularly gentle around the head. Whilst doing this it gives you the opportunity to check the condition of their coat and skin, looking for signs of fleas or other parasites. Then brush the fur to remove any dead hair.

Just like human hair, cats hair is prone to tangles. Use your fingers to tease out tangles before you groom your kitten. Grooming your kitten regularly, should lessen the amount of tangles.  If your cats coat is a bit of a tangled mess, then dip a clean cloth in warm water, squeeze any excess water and use the cloth to wipe her down. Avoid using soap as this will irritate your cats skin.

Bathing your Cat:
Cats have in-built grooming tools in the form of their tongue and teeth, and usually they are fussy about self-cleaning so regular grooming by brushing is usually sufficient. However, there will be times when your feline friend needs a little extra help in the cleaning department – for example when he or she has come into contact with something sticky or smelly, or has become very dirty.

Check Eyes:
After grooming, your your kitten eyes and ears. If you notice your kitten’s eyes looking a little weepy then take a 2 cotton balls ( 1 for each eye) moistened with warm water and clean carefully. Your cat’s eyes should be clear, bright and free of any redness, swelling or discharge. If any of these symptoms are present it could be a sign of infection, in which case you should contact your vet for appropriate treatment.

Healthy Teeth:
Check your kittens mouth regularly for them to get used to it whilst making it more easier when you do need to clean her teeth or give her medicine. Teeth should be clean and free from deposits and gums should be a healthy pink colour. If not then see you vet to seek the right advice and treatment.

Classy Claws:
Your kitten loves to scratch her territory – it’s natural behaviour that helps her hunt and scent-mark. A scratching post will act as a file for her claws, but you’ll need to clip them when she gets a little older. Get her used to the idea by handling her paws from an early age – that way she’ll be more cooperative when she’s an adult.

Coat and Skin:
You can tell a lot about the state of your cat’s health from the condition of their coat and skin. If your cat is engaging in excessive chewing, scratching or licking, it may time for a check up. Stress, parasites, wounds or allergies could all be having an impact on your cat’s health and should be looked into.

As one of the UK’s leading pet grooming supply specialists Animology provide a wide range of cat grooming products ensuring your feline friend stays clean and fresh. Our top pick are there cat wipes which are handy when your cat needs a quick clean and a quick freshen up.

Keeping your Dog Clean without a Bath

Keeping your Dog Clean without a Bath

Most dogs would rather skip bath time and our latest blog provides you with handy tips to keeping your dog clean without a bath.

Pet Wipes:
Handy and portable, these are a must have for any dog owner, especially when taking your dog out.  Dog wipes are specially formulated to be gentle and safe to dogs.  The clean sheet Dog wipes from Animology contains a high performance, super tough, dual sided dog wipe containing an advanced no-rinse shampoo formulation to help keep your dog cleaner and fresher for longer.

Brushing & Grooming:
It’s important to regularly brush your dogs coat with a bit of grooming. The regular upkeep will help reduce the amount of dirt and allergens on your dog’s fluff, which will keep them cleaner overall.  Brushing is synonymous to grooming for them. It removes loose hair, exfoliates skin, removes everyday dirt and allergens, maintains good blood circulation, and helps keep a shiny and beautiful coat.

Dry Shampoo:
Baking soda and cornstarch are great for removing that ‘dog smell’ most pups have. You can massage the powder through your dog’s coat using a towel. They also make commercial dry shampoo for dogs that you can give a try.

Clean your Dog’s bedding!
Their bed, their toys to blankets. Clean them all, it’s as simple as that. Do this and there will be no more wondering why your home has a funky dog smell even if your find yourself cleaning your dog regularly. You will notice how quickly the smell disappears when you simply wash your dog’s stuff.

Freshening Sprays:
When doing your regular brushing, using doggy sprays can help freshen up their smell and detangle their coats, whilst keeping your dog clean without a bath.

Keeping your Dog Clean

Keeping your Dog Clean

Keeping your dog clean can be a chore, as dogs seem to find  the muddiest of puddles to splash about, so it’s no surprise to how dirty they can get. So to keep your dog well groomed and clean check out our handy tips below:

Bath Time:

The most important thing is to get your dog used to having a bath as early as you can. Some dogs will love a good bath, and some will hate it. Let your dog play with their favourite toys and then bring them into the bath where hopefully they will behave.
Provide little treats along the way to give your dog reassurance he/she is doing well. Water should be lukewarm and no hotter and a rubber mat ill ensure your dog feels confident on his feet whilst most importantly preventing your dog from slipping.

How to Bath your Dog:

Your dog will frequently need a good wash dependent on how dirty they are especially after walkies and is great for keeping your dogs coat nice and clean. Before your start have several super-absorbent towels and a good quality dog shampoo and brush your dogs coat to remove all those loose hair and tangles.

  1. Test the temperature of the water (ideal temp should be lukewarm) then entice your dog into the bath with a treat
  2. Cover your dog in water, by using the shower head or jug. Be prepared to get wet, as your dog will 100% attempt to shake their coat dry.
  3. Once your dog is wet from head to tail, begin to apply the shampoo into a good lather into your dogs coat. Avoid getting shampoo near eyes, eyes and mouth.
  4. Rinse coat thoroughly ensuring not to leave any shampoo in the coat as it may cause irritation.
  5. Dry your dog with either a hair dryer on a low temperature setting or a super absorbent towel.

Pamper your Dog:

Grooming is a great way to show your dog you love them. We all know dogs love attention so pamper your dog. Brushing your dog helps to keep your dogs coat and skin healthy by removing dead hair and spreading natural oils, whilst caring for your dogs teeth, ears and eyes reducing the risk of your dog developing diseases. Look out for any lumps, bumps, fleas and ticks when grooming your dog.
It’s always best practice to ensure you have the right grooming equipment for your dog’s coat type. There are various types of brushes you can use:

Combes or Rakes – Ideally used to penetrate thick hair to detangle and remove the undercoat. When looking for a suitable comb make sure that the combs teeth are roughly the same length as your dog’s coat to ensure that the comb reaches the undercoat but not enough to irritate the skin.

De-Shedder Tool: When your dog is moulting this removes the dead undercoat

Slicker Brush – Used on dogs with medium to long haired coats, this brush has lots of fine, short wires close to each other on a flat surface. They are great at removing dead hair and stimulating the skin and coat.

Bristle Brush – Used to remove dirt and debris from coats of short and smooth haired dogs.

Pinhead Brushes – Suitable for brushing out tangles on long-haired, curly haired dogs with undercoats.

Grooming Mitt – Used on short haired dogs to remove dead hairs, massage and stimulate the skin.