Dog owners are usually very familiar with grooming, as they know their dogs can’t do it on their own. Cat owners, on the other hand, often skip this important task. Cats are equipped to handle many of their own grooming needs, leaving cat parents to think there’s nothing left to manage. The truth is, though, that your feline friend still needs some help with grooming and these tips from Lancaster Animal Clinic can help.
Brush Weekly – At Least
Your kitty’s fur picks up all types of nasty stuff – like dirt and grease. When you add that to the dead hair they constantly shed, you can understand how easy it is for their fur to look dull. Brushing once or twice a week helps remove all of that stuff. Like a massage for a human, brushing can improve your cat’s blood circulation. Additionally, it helps keep your pet from shedding all over your furniture.
Keep An Eye On Paws and Nails
Your cat’s paws get into plenty of stuff as they run around and explore. At times, they will even get injured. It’s important to regularly clean and look at your pet’s paws to check for signs of damage. It’s also a good idea to keep their paws moisturized, especially during the summer and winter. Paying attention to their nails is also essential. Long nails can get caught on objects, leading to injuries and pain. It’s important to clip only the sharp part of each nail at least every ten days to two weeks.
Keep the Pearly Whites Pearly
Dental hygiene is as important for your cat as it is for you. Cats can develop ulcers, gingivitis, periodontitis, and other sources of pain and discomfort. Help prevent this by brushing your cat’s teeth with feline toothpaste and a specially-designed toothbrush three times a week. While you brush, keep a look out for anything abnormal, such as pus, red or white gums, and bleeding. If you notice any of these issues, visit your animal hospital as soon as you can.
Schedule a Pet Grooming Appointment
There are many steps – like those listed above – that can help you keep your cat nice and healthy. However, getting help from a professional pet groomer is often a good idea. Our veterinarians will tell you how often your pet needs a grooming visit. The answer will normally be anywhere between 4 and 12 weeks, depending on how long your pet’s fur is.