Tips for Cat Grooming [with Interactive Image]

Cats are independent animals, but that doesn’t they do not require any maintenance. When it comes to cat grooming, you need to know how and which part to be groomed. To help you with these tips, we are here!

Cats can clean themselves and this is a natural phenomenon. But your cat can’t clean its ears, eyes, teeth or trim her nails. There are few things that you need to do for your cat. For that, I have made an interactive image to show you the right way to do it.


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Ear

Most of the cat breeds have straight and sharp ears. So dirt and debris quickly enter the ears and cats cannot clean them themselves. Monitor your kitty’s ear once per week and clean away the dirt, debris, wax or oil accumulated in the ears.

Take a little bit of liquid ear cleaner in a cotton cloth and wipe away the dirt from your cat’s ear. If you are unable to manage liquid ear cleaner, plain water is enough. Make sure the water does not go inside the ears. If such occurs, seek veterinary attention immediately.

Eye

A healthy cat has clear and bright eyes without any cloudiness. More or less, every cat has an eye discharge or crusty gunk at the corner of its eyes. Depending on the condition of your cat’s eye, wipe out the crusty gunk once every two days with a wet cotton cloth.

If you have a long hair breed make sure there is not enough hair around the eyes to block her vision. Any redness or frequent eye discharge or one eye closed is not a good symptom. See if both their pupils are identical in size.

Nose

A healthy cat has a moist and soft nose. You can tell it by rubbing your fingers over her nose. Look for dirt around the nose and clean them if seen. Too much sneezing and mucous coming with sneeze might be the symptoms of cat flu.

If your cat sneezes frequently and you see them weakening, it is time to talk to your vet about it. Avoid excessive grooming which leads your cat to a dry nose.

Dental Care

Your cat needs sharp white teeth and healthy gums. First, get your teeth accustomed to getting her teeth brushed. Start by gently massaging her gums with fingers. After a few sessions, put some cat formulated toothpaste on her lips to get used to the taste. Now you can start brushing your cat’s gum and teeth with a cat-toothbrush.

Whisker

Like other hairs on a cat’s body, cat whiskers also shed. That is natural. However, you should never cut or trim a cat’s whiskers even if they appear long. A cat with cut whiskers will be frightened and disoriented.

Fur

Brush all over the body including the chest and abdomen. For long hair breeds, start from the legs and abdomen and gently comb upward. Bathe them with natural, hypoallergenic soaps and shampoos recommended for use on cats.

This will prevent hair shedding and protect your carpets and furniture. Long hair breeds are to be brushed every day or at least a couple of times a week. Short hair breeds can be brushed once a week.

Skin

Brush your cat’s fur regularly as it removes skin flakes and stimulates blood circulation, improving overall skin condition. Therefore brush your cat regularly not only to prevent hair shedding but for the overall condition of your cat.

Cats of all ages and breeds are prone to skin problems if they live in a crowded and stressful environment. Ensure a calm living condition for your cat. Provide them healthy balanced food.

Tail

Your cat’s tail sometimes looks oily and dirty because of the sebaceous glands located near the base of the tail. Sebaceous glands produce oily or waxy secretions used by the hair follicles. Take your cat to your lap and keep her calm.

With the help of a dry cotton or tissue wipe clean your cat’s tail gently in the direction opposite to hair growth. Don’t be too harsh.

Whisker

Like other hairs on a cat’s body, cat whiskers also shed. That is natural. However, you should never cut or trim a cat’s whiskers even if they appear long. A cat with cut whiskers will be frightened and disoriented.

To Wrap Up

Cat grooming is not a very hard task. Once you know the right ways to do it, you can do it for yourself. However, there are few things you should be careful about. First, you should be careful when trimming your cat’s nails. Do not cut their nails too deep up to the pink part of the nails. If you are not experienced in this task, seek expert help.

Second, be careful when cleaning the ears. Cats have sensitive ears and make sure you don’t hurt them. For example, don’t clean the inner canal of the ear. This might lead to severe injuries. Also, make sure no water enters the ears.

Jayne Taylor

Jayne started out as a veterinary nurse before she had her son, Joshua, and later her daughter Lily. Jayne is a passionate cat lover and has two fur-babies in Max and Silky. She admits to have a particular soft spot for russian blue cats and says she does her best not to make Max jealous when she pays special attention to Silky her russian blue. While Jayne was on maternity leave she noticed it wasn't easy to find the information she wanted about her beloved animal so she decided to start Cat Informer!

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