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Grooming Your Cat

Did you know that kitties spend up to a third of their awake time grooming themselves? Fluffy certainly does take her beauty regime seriously! However, that doesn’t mean your fuzzy pal can’t use a little help now and then. Read on as a local Wake Forest, NC vet discusses grooming your cat.

Benefits of Grooming

There are actually some great reasons to groom your cat. When you brush Fluffy, you’ll be grabbing that dead fur with a brush before it gets stuck to your furniture and clothing. Less pet fur everywhere is definitely a good thing! Your furry pal will swallow less hair, which can help prevent and reduce hairballs. Brushing is also good for your kitty’s circulation. Last but not least, this is a great way to spend some time with your pet, and make her feel pampered.

Brushing Fluffy

Choose a time when your cat is feeling relaxed and cuddly. Settle down with Fluffy in your lap, and pet her gently, going in the direction of her fur. Then, slowly incorporate the brush. Talk to your kitty gently, and offer her praise and ear scritches. When your furry buddy decides she’s had enough, just let her go.

Bathing

While it isn’t necessary to bathe your cat, you can if you like. Just be sure to check with your vet first. You may want to trim your kitty’s claws before bathtime, and put a rubber mat down in the tub or sink. Use warm, not hot water, and shampoo made specifically for cats. Be careful not to get soap in your feline pal’s eyes, ears, nose, or mouth! Use a teapot or pitcher for rinsing. When you’re done, wrap Fluffy in a towel and gently pat her dry as much as you can.

Longhaired Kitties

Kitties with long fur need a bit of extra attention in this area. Fluffy may have trouble keeping up with all that fur, and she may be prone to getting tangles, especially in her ‘armpits.’ Use a mat-removing brush to take care of any tangles. You may also want to gently trim the fur around your pet’s bottom, so she doesn’t get litter or waste stuck there. Be sure to use scissors with blunt ends!

Please feel free to contact us, your local Wake Forest, NC pet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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