Before we start providing additional information on this subject, please take a moment to think about what you already know.
Cats are very neat. They have a habit of grooming themselves by licking every part of their body clean with their tongue.
This habit of tongue bathing has several advantages for your domestic cat:
– promotes better blood circulation
– dispose of dead skin cells
– removes excess/dead hair on their coat
– show their muscles
– keeps the coat soft and clean
Although your feline friends are alone, you must do your bit to keep your cat clean and tidy.
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Here are several ways to keep your cat well cared for:
Depending on the breed, your cat may have long or short hair. Make sure you brush your cat’s coat well enough to promote good grooming.
– For short-haired cats, use a brush with soft bristles so that the skin is not scratched or hurt during brushing.
Use soft, gentle strokes when brushing. This should make them purr in pleasure and you will be able to groom your domestic cat more easily.
After brushing the coat with a comb, you can finish the work by wiping the coat with a dry, soft, and clean cloth. This should maintain the shine of your cat’s coat.
– Compared to cats with shorter hair, long-haired cats would need more time to brush.
Use a wide-toothed comb designed specifically for cats to do this. This should initially remove the knots and tangles on their coat.
You can then use a fine-toothed comb to work the smaller knots on the coat and remove the more stubborn ones.
Don’t forget to brush the hair around the face with a smaller comb or toothbrush.
Avoid the eye and whisker when brushing.
Brushing your cat’s coat regularly will help keep the coat shiny and healthy and will also give the owner and pet some time to work together.
Cats do not often need a bath because they take good care of themselves when it comes to grooming.
However, there are some cases where you need to bathe them no matter how you – and your pet – fear the job.
You should bathe your cat if the coat is excessively dirty.
Sometimes a substance that can poison them can stick to the coat and it’s vital to give them a bath in this case.
Another case in which you should bathe your cat is in the case of fleas, ticks, and lice clinging to their skin.
3. Cleaning the eyes and ears.
For the eyes and ears that are the most sensitive areas of your cat’s body, there are solutions you can use.
Choose a solution specially designed to prevent cats with light-colored eyes from developing spots.
Cats collect a considerable amount of earwax for the ears, so you’ll need to take care of them when caring for them.
Removing this solution would maintain your cat’s health and help prevent infections.
There are also cat wipes that you can use for the ears, eyes, and teeth.
4. Keep the paws clean.
Cats have a habit of scratching surfaces, so it’s better to keep them away from furniture in the house. It would also help if you kept those legs clean and trimmed their nails.
You can go to a pet store and buy a nail clipper specially designed for cats.
Ask your vet for the correct way to cut your cats’ nails so they won’t get hurt in the process.
If you find that your cat has a not so healthy claw habit, you can choose the option of declaring your cat.
This is a surgical procedure in which the nails are permanently removed so that they don’t grow back.
However, you’ll still need to seek advice from your vet if you’re going to go for a claim, as this will deprive your cat of a natural defense mechanism.
A better and friendlier option is to regularly cut the cat’s nails, have them use a wooden pole to scratch, or train crates to prevent them from clawing on your most precious belongings.
By following these tips and making time in your busy schedule to groom your cat, you would have a healthy and happy cat and be a happy owner.
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