Grooming your cat is essential to its health and well being as well as its appearance. The experienced, caring and professionally trained groomers at Toureen consider their grooming services as an act of love for both the beloved feline pet and their owner. Many common health related conditions can easily be avoided by routine grooming that is properly performed and specific to your individualized cat. Hairballs can also be minimized by a groomer’s brush. After grooming at Toureen’s spa, your furry friend will be clean, beautiful and feeling great with soft, shiny fur and clean teeth and ears. Cats boarding at Toureen are groomed routinely using procedures designed to fit the needs of your special pet. Grooming at home in between professional visits is important. Toureen offers the following simple, easy to perform tips for keeping your cat well groomed at home.
Proper cat grooming is a function of their coat. Some shorthair cats, such as the Bengal or Russian Blue, have sleek hair that’s flat against their bodies. Shorthair cats, such as the Exotic or Manx, have thick hair with dense or cottony undercoats. Longhair cats, such as the Turkish Angora or Norwegian Forest cat, have soft, silky hair that is easy to brush and comb while others, such as the Persian, have coarse hair with an undercoat that knots up more frequently. Some cats, such as the Devon or Selkirk Rex, have curly hair. Even though you’ll never have to give a curly cat a perm or put his hair up in rollers, you’ll still have to brush and comb him regularly.
It’s great to bring your furry friend into a professional spa such as Toureen, but the majority of their grooming is most usually performed at home. And a cat’s lifetime of grooming really starts when they’re just a kitten. A cat accustomed to being brushed from a young age will learn to accept it throughout adulthood. So, what can every cat owner do on their own? Here are a few tips on proper feline grooming that are simple to follow, yet will provide great results.
- Have brushes and combs scattered around the house where your cat most likes a nap. When the moment comes your can seize the opportunity before your cat gets curious.
- If your cat hates the brush then try starting with a clean oven glove. This will get your cat used to a stroking motion from something different to a hand. Slowly move on to a grooming mitt and then the brush. For hard to reach places like around the ears use a human toothbrush.
- Always start off brushing with a gentle stroke, most cats loved to be stroked and this can get them in the mood to be groomed.
- When you start brushing a cat, gently stroke the fur with the back of the instrument. This will help your cat to trust the grooming tool and not see it as a threat.
- If your cat always sees what’s coming and runs away then try grooming on a small table. It can be too easy on the floor for your cat to run away. A small table will make escape more difficult.
- If your cat’s not happy then try using gentle restraint. Get a family member or friend to gently hold your cat while giving them attention.
- Know when to stop! When your cat has had enough they have had enough, there is no point in trying to force the issue as they will resent the brush which is not good. Doing separate sections one step at a time is perfectly satisfactory.
- Treat your cat once you are done. Associating grooming with treats will help your cat become happy with grooming, they will slowly come round to the idea that grooming is good for them. Do not reward for aggressive behaviour.
- Cats can sense your mood. If you are anxious about grooming then you will make your cat anxious too. Try and act loving, calm and normal.
- Don’t groom around other pets. When cats are on their back they feel exposed. If you have other pets try and keep them away in another room.
- And always end a grooming session on good terms. If your cat starts to get fed up, give them a good rub under the chin, treat them and then stop. Your cat will then start to have good memories of the last grooming session.
When following proper grooming etiquette, there are many benefits for both you and your cat. Grooming helps minimize the formation of hairballs, the hair that a cat ingests as he/she washes himself. If a hairball lodges in your cat’s digestive tract, it may require surgery to remove. Also, combing and brushing helps you detect fleas which deposit dark bits of feces, commonly called “flea dirt,” on your cat. Timely detection of fleas is necessary before the fleas infest your cat and your home. The most efficient way is to use the flea comb to brush out fleas.
Regular grooming sessions are a way to spend quality time with your cat. Grooming should be as much fun for your cat as playtime. Brushing kitty regularly means that they’re will be a lot more hair trapped in your brushes than on the floor or in a vacuum cleaner, not to mention that Your feline will look (and feel) like the cat’s meow after a good grooming session. By nature, cats are extremely fastidious. You’ve no doubt watched your kitty washing herself several times a day. For the most part she can take care of herself very well, thank you, but sometimes she’ll need a little help from you.
Grooming sessions should be fun for the both of you, so be sure to schedule them when your cat’s relaxed, perhaps after exercise or eating. You want your feline friend to remember grooming sessions in a positive way, so you never want to risk losing your temper. If you’ve had a stressful day or are in a bad mood, it’s probably not a good time to groom your cat. Keep your first grooming sessions short-just 5 to 10 minutes. Gradually lengthen the time until your pet is used to the routine. You should also get your pet used to being handled. Get in the habit of petting every single part of your cat-including ears, tail, belly and back-and especially the feet!
In summary, grooming your cat should be an enjoyable time to lovingly interact with your pet, rather than a dreaded chore. Using the tips described above, start slowly with brief grooming sessions until your cat adjusts to your touch, increasing the time according to your cat’s tolerance. Approach your cat at a quiet time when you are not rushed and your cat is at ease. Speak in a soothing tone, include play and lots of petting, incorporating touching of the feet, ears, tail and belly. For maximum benefit, follow up your grooming session with a treat. Regular grooming sessions will improve your cat’s overall health so you both can enjoy many hours together.