We have the answers to the most common cat grooming questions that you may have. The rumors are true – cats can and should take baths! Dogs get all of the glory when it comes to pet grooming, but cats need attention too! Whether your house is covered in hair or your cat’s nails are becoming a problem, we’re here to help make your life a little easier with some cat grooming tips!
Q: Can or should I cut my cat’s nails?
A: Yes, you absolutely can! We do recommend starting when they are young so that it becomes just a part of their routine as they age. Have your cat lay on their back and train them to have their paws handled by offering treats as you squeeze and rub their paws. Continue to use positive reinforcement to get your cat used to having their paws handled and gradually introduce the nail trimmers. Start young, use positive reinforcement, and keep your calm if it doesn’t get as planned.
Q: Should I bathe my cat?
A: Yes! Even though cats can groom themselves, bathing them has many more benefits than just getting them cleaner than they can with their tongue. As cats age, obesity and arthritis can make it harder for your cats to bathe themselves properly. Just like nail trimming, starting your kitten young will allow you to make this a regular part of their routine as they get older.
Q: How can I prevent my cat from coughing up hairballs?
A: It’s not uncommon for cats to cough up hairballs after grooming themselves. In rare cases, they’ll have to have them surgically removed, but in most cases, you’ll find them and simple clean up after your cat. A good tip to decrease hairballs is to brush your cat often. Less hair means fewer hairballs and your cat will thank you for it.
Q: Can I use any hairbrush for cat grooming?
A: While you certainly can use a regular hairbrush on your cat, it probably will not be as useful as a brush that is made for cats. Cat brushes can groom both the top and undercoat. Long-haired cats can develop mats in their hair if their undercoat is left unmaintained.
We hope your cat feels their absolute best at all times. If you have any more questions about grooming your cat, please contact us! We’re always here to help.