Cat grooming needs more attention than most people think. Cats are very self-reliant and fully capable of taking care of themselves, which often makes pet owners think extra grooming isn’t always necessary. Turns out, cats need daily brushing, nail care, and even baths! We hope our Q&A below answers all of your cat grooming questions!
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 these cat grooming tips will keep your kitty feeling their absolute best! If you have any other questions about cat grooming methods, please let us know!