5 Elements of Cat Grooming for Cat Lovers

Brushing 

You already know that your cat sheds. You probably even know that brushing your cat will remove a lot of loose fur at one time making clean up easier. What you may not know is that regular brushing also removes dead skin, dirt, and stimulates your cat’s blood circulation. All of which can help your pet feel better.

 

Paws

 Your kitty's paws spend a lot of time on various surfaces and they catch her while she performs acrobatic feats like leaping from tall countertops. It's important to keep them in tiptop shape.

You can help your cat put her best paw forward by keeping the nails trimmed (see below) and making sure there's no dirt or debris trapped between your cat's toes. If you have a long-haired cat, you may need to trim the fur between the toes on a regular basis because it can get tangled, trap dirt, and irritate the skin between the toes. If your cat got into you don't know what, then you can use a damp cloth to wipe them down. Even though cats are fastidious about their grooming, sometimes they need a little help. 

 

Claws

Some cats love a scratching post while others prefer your furniture. No matter which camp yours falls into, your cat probably needs a regular nail trim. If your cat goes outside and sharpens her claws on tree trunks and the like they may be ok, but strictly indoor cats need nail trims. 

Yes, this can be challenging the first time you introduce your cat to the idea as you can imagine. The key is not to rush in wielding claw trimmers like a sumo wrestler and

expect your cat to appreciate the gesture. 

 

Ears 

 Healthy kitty ears have a pale interior and there’s no odor. You can easily help keep them clean with a quick wipe of a damp washcloth. Just dampen the corner of a washcloth, wrap it around a finger and use it to wipe out the tips of your cat’s ears. Remember to not insert your finger (or other objects) into your cat's ears as they're delicate and you can damage them. 

Cats can get both ear mites and ear infections which require a veterinarian visit for treatment. If your cat has red, inflamed ears, paws at them a lot, doesn’t want you to touch them or otherwise seems like the ears are a concern, then please make a veterinarian appointment as there could be a problem. 

 

Dental 

Healthy teeth and gums are essential for a healthy pet. So if it’s been awhile since your cat had a check-up, you can do a quick assessment.

  • Does your cat’s breath stink like days’ old tuna? A foul odor is a sign that something could be wrong.
  • Are your cat’s gums a healthy pink color? Or are they an angry red? (If red, that indicates a problem.)
  • Does your cat drool a lot?
  • Does your cat paw at her mouth?

 

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