Why Groom Your Cat?
Cats clean themselves, why should I have groom them? We see our cats spending a lot of time each day licking and cleaning themselves. There are various reasons as to why your cat still needs your grooming assistance to stay healthy and happy. Grooming accomplishes much more than just making your cat's coat look nice and shiny. It also stimulates circulation, removes loose hair, and helps prevent matting.
Regular grooming will also provide you with the opportunity to spend more "quality time" with your cat, combing, brushing and generally bonding with him. You will also be able to check your cat closely for any problems while grooming as well. Move the hair aside and examine the skin closely for signs of fleas and ticks. Also check for any unusual problems with the coat such as mats, tangles, skin irritations, etc. Should you notice matting, try to gently comb the mat out but never use scissors to cut out the mat. Cat's skin is very thin and can be cut easily resulting in a trip to your vet and daily treatments to heal the wound. If you are not able to remove the mat, schedule a grooming appointment with Little Rascals to give your kitty the professional care and attention he deserves. Learn where he likes to be combed and brushed, and where he doesn't. Cats have sensitive ears that may need to be groomed a little more gently and carefully than other areas. By paying special attention to these locations, you will help make your cat more comfortable while being groomed, and he will not resist future grooming sessions.
Grooming is also important for kittens. We see cats constantly licking and grooming their kittens to help keep their coats clean. Your kitten will also need some help with his grooming. By starting with short grooming sessions at a young age, your kitten will become accustomed to the grooming procedure and will be less likely to resist your grooming efforts when he gets older. Constantly reassure your kitten in gentle tones while brushing and combing. This will, in time, make him accustomed to being handled and brushed. Eventually he will be quite comfortable and will look forward to these grooming sessions with you.
It's Good for Their Health
Regular grooming is essential to your cat's health and well-being. Regular combing and brushing will keep the coat clean and healthy, stimulate the skin, and allow the natural oils to circulate to the coat. It will also help to prevent hairballs, which are the result of loose hair being picked up by the cat's tongue and then swallowed. These hairs sometimes accumulate in the cat's stomach forming hairballs which can be harmful to the cat. Grooming will also allow you to check for potentially serious problems. Check for areas of hair loss, inflammation, unusual tenderness or lumps under the skin. Constant scratching in a particular area may also be an indication of a problem. Check with your veterinarian about any unusual problems you may find. As cats get older, it is often difficult for them to properly groom themselves (especially medium/long-haired cats). It is very important for you to pay close attention to your cat and make every effort to assist your kitty in keeping a clean and healthy coat.
Regular nail trimming is important to your cat's health and well being. Never use ordinary scissors to trim your cat's nails; they may injure the cat. Use trimmers that are specifically designed for cats. Hold the paw with gentle firmness and squeeze the paw at the base of the nail. This will cause the nail to protrude. Cut off the tip of the nail with a single stroke, being careful to stop short of the quick, the pink blood vessel inside the nail. Cutting into the quick will hurt your cat and cause some bleeding. If possible, follow up with the nail file, filing toward the tip to smooth the cut edge.
If you are uncomfortable with trimming your cat's nails, you can bring them into Little Rascal's and we will trim them for only $5.00. Just give us a call and let us know you are on the way. We can also show you how to properly trim kitties nails in the future.