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Cat Grooming Tips: How to Keep Your Kitty Healthy

We understand there are a lot of kitties out there who still need their grooming needs fulfilled during this time. So, we’re going to give you the know-how to do just that!

Let’s take a look at the basics of brushing, nail trimming, and dental care so that you can keep your furry feline healthy and comfortable during this time!

Brushing a Cat

Giving your cat a weekly brush brings with it many benefits. Not only does it remove trapped dirt, but it can also prevent painful tangles and knots from forming, and stimulate blood circulation!

While cats are good at giving their coats a good clean by themselves, a regular and thorough brush is still recommended.

To brush a cat, you’ll need an appropriate tool. You can take a look here for some recommendations!

Gently brush in the direction your cat’s hair grows, ensuring that you cover their chest, abdomen, and tail too. Many cats don’t like being groomed, so it can be helpful to have someone who can help hold them still while you do this.

Ensure that you keep on top of this at least once a week and you will have a happy cat with a healthy coat! Keep in mind that long-haired cats need to be brushed more frequently, as they are more susceptible to mats and tangles.

Cutting a Cat’s Nails

Next in our series of cat grooming tips, we’re going to cover trimming a cat’s claws.

Again, many cats aren’t too keen on the nail trimming process. Therefore, they may wriggle about, which can make trimming near impossible to do safely.

Therefore, we would first recommend getting your cat used to the trimmers and grooming process. We have an article covering how here!

When they are a bit calmer about the process, hold your cat facing away from you. Gently massage their paw to extend the nail, and only cut the sharp tip. Take care to avoid the lower pink-colored section of the nail, as cutting this will cause pain and bleeding.

If your cat gets a bit too unruly after a few nails, stop there and do the rest the next day. Finally, reward your cat with treats!

Brushing a Cat’s Teeth

Many owners initially don’t realize the importance of giving your cat good dental care. Like with humans, leaving their teeth and gums to be ravaged by plaque can lead to many painful health conditions.

The best way to prevent this from happening is with a regular good brush!

You can buy your cat it’s very own specific toothbrush that is of an appropriate size. Additionally, you will need to buy them a cat-specific toothpaste.

Again, it can help to get your cat comfortable with the teeth brushing process beforehand. Feed your cat some of the toothpaste so it can be used to the taste, then get them familiar with the feel of the brush against their teeth.

Once your cat is ready, use a circular motion to brush all of her teeth, once a day. Focus on your cat’s gum line, as this is the most important area to cover!

Cat Grooming Tips: Keeping Your Cat Healthy!

We hope these tips help you to keep your cat in tip-top condition during this time of social distancing!

If you would like to support our groomers during this uncertain time, you can get a membership with us. This comes with plenty of benefits for you and allows us to keep our groomers well-paid. Check it out here!

We at Groomit can’t wait to be back grooming your lovely pets! But, in the meantime, let’s keep our cats healthy and happy by keeping up with a basic grooming routine.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Ryan Jones

Ryan is a freelance writer for hire specializing in Pets and Animals. He works closely with various pet sites with the aim to educate people on everything there is to know about our cute furry companions. When he isn’t writing professionally he is usually keeping his cat Snow out of trouble!

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