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Cat Grooming Tips
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 Groomings and “Quality Time”
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. It is best to brush your long haired cat for several minutes every day, and do this several times a day during the warm summer months. This will allow you to catch those annoying mats when they are small enough that you can easily trim them out. Once the mats have formed tight enough to be next to your kitty´s skin, let a reputable-professional groomer or your vet remove the mats, since you could seriously injure your kitty if you try. Learn where it likes to be combed and brushed, and where it 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.
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