The cat is a very clean animal and spends many hours grooming itself. Using his raspy, nimble tongue for his entire body and his front legs for the more difficult areas.
In addition, he waterproofs his fur by smoothing it with his mouth. It thus releases a liquid contained in the glands located at the base of its hairs.
However, groom regularly his cat is useful for monitoring his general health and for building a good relationship with him.
Here's how and why the cat needs grooming.
How and why to groom your cat?
The brushing and the bath are two complementary means for groom your cat. They should be practiced from an animal's youngest age. In this way, it is used to being handled for future veterinary care (identification, vaccination, sterilization, etc.).
In addition, a bond between master and cat is built more easily, releasing in each other precious endorphins or pleasure hormones.
- First, brushing helps remove dead hair, residue, and dandruff, and limit the formation of lumps or knots. This is because they are uncomfortable for the cat and may harbor parasites.
- Second, it allows the health of the hair to be assessed (brittle, shiny, scattered, etc.). The blood circulation is activated which stimulates the regrowth of the coat.
- Finally, during brushing, daily care can be performed. For example, cleaning the ears, eyes or trimming the nails.
Brushing is to be done in the direction of the hair to remove dead hair and against the grain to give volume.
For the short-haired cat, a glove with pimples gives good results. It removes dead hair while massaging the animal's body. This ritual gives him great well-being.
For the long-haired cat, an undercoat rake, detangling comb, Furminator brush and pair of scissors are more suitable.
The passage of a damp washcloth is to be used for finishing.
Bathing a cat
Having a cat take a bath must remain exceptional, because water anguishes and weakens it. The cat does not like water and the shampoo attacks the natural oily film of its skin.
Of course, in the event of heavy soiling, disease such as osteoarthritis or the proliferation of parasites, the bath is the only alternative. A few common sense gestures should be applied.
- First, prepare the useful accessories: a shampoo adapted to the pH of your cat's skin. A comb, a brush, a pair of scissors, an absorbent towel (microfiber), a bowl, two basins containing 10 centimeters of lukewarm water (one for shampoo, the other for rinsing), gloves to protect you from possible scratches or bites.
- Then, the ideal is to place the basins and accessories on a work surface at your height.
- Finally, with great care, put the cat in one of the basins, reassuring him. Fill the bowl with water and thoroughly wet your cat. Apply the shampoo to his coat. In passing, check for parasites, wounds or hidden dermatitis.
- Finally, move your cat to the second basin and rinse it thoroughly to avoid skin reactions.
A wet cat is vulnerable because it is cold. Dry it thoroughly and keep it warm for a few hours.
My cat refuses to be groomed, what should I do?
The toilet is an aggression for some cats. It can quickly turn to drama (scratches, bites, attack).
In this case, talk to your vet or groomer. A light sedation is possible to wash a cat, to shear it or to disentangle its coat.
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A special feline antiparasitic is to be applied 7 days after bathing for optimal effectiveness. Make a parting on the back of your cat to free the spine and distribute the product. Warning ! Because of the permethrin they contain, dog pest control agents are poisonous to our cat friends.