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.
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.
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.
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.
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.