Cats are pretty good groomers by themselves, but sometimes they need a little help. After all, we pet parents aren’t just here to feed them the best cat food and spoil them rotten. We have to meet all their needs, which includes regular grooming.
Far too often, people assume that only cats with long hair need additional grooming. This just isn’t the case. No matter what breed or how long or short their fur is, your cat will need a bit of extra maintenance, which help improves the overall quality of their life. In fact, regularly grooming provides a wide array of benefits for both you and your purrfect friend.
Keeps Blood-Sucking Pests Away
Proper grooming is essential to preventing fleas and ticks. These blood-suckers are more than an annoyance, they can pass diseases and parasitic worms, such as flatworms, to your cat. Baths can help prevent these problematic pests from becoming a full blown infestation.
With that said, however, baths won’t always keep fleas and ticks at bay, but it can help immensely when used with a regular flea and tick treatments. If you do bath your cat, make sure to only use products designed for felines.
Domestic cats generally don’t use their nails as much as their wild or feral brothers. Because of this, their claws don’t get worn down as much as they should, and this can lead to overgrown nails. Overgrown nails cause extreme discomfort and pain for your cat, and just makes them plain miserable.
Thankfully, regular nail trimmings will keep this from occurring. As an added bonus, clipping your cat’s claws reduces the chance of them scratching you and the other members, human and furbabies alike, of your household.
Regularly grooming goes a long way in preventing discomfort in cats. Brushing him or her with the right brush will give them a relaxing massage that also removes dead fur.
In addition, brushing distributes the natural and beneficial oils in your cat’s skin, and even helps to stimulate new fur growth.
Brushing also helps prevent those unpleasant mats from forming. Matted fur pulls the coat and skin, creating a painful experience that can cause sores.
Reduce Ear Infections
Even if your cat isn’t prone to ear infections, keeping their ears clean will eliminate wax build-up, dirt, fluid, and other debris that could cause your cat to be uncomfortable. Furthermore, it helps to prevent various ailments, such as ear mites and infections. Speak to your vet about the best tools and methods to properly cleaning their ears.
Regularly grooming your cat lets you become familiar with the marks on their skin, and this familiarity gives you the ability to recognize any bumps, lumps, or abnormalities on your kitty. If you find something that is unusual or off, have your vet check it out ASAP. Even if it’s nothing, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and early detection almost always increases the chance of successfully treating the issue.
Keeps Shedding Down
Shedding is just something that cats and their owners have to deal with. But that doesn’t mean you can’t reduce the amount of fur that ends up all over the house. Giving your kitty a daily brushing greatly reduces shedding and helps keep your home as fur-free as possible.
And while you’re brushing your cat, check for bald patches or fur loss. If you notice either one, speak to your vet since it could be caused by an underlying health problem.
Regular grooming is necessary to keep your kitty healthy and happy for as long as possible, and should not be overlooked. An abundance of tools and products are available to help make the grooming process easier for both you and your cat.
If, however, your cat isn’t open to the grooming process and puts up a bit of a fight, seek the help of a professional groomer or veterinarian.
Amanda Flanigan is a contributor to Petwellnessadvisor.com and a lifelong cat-lover. When she’s not working as a freelance writer, she volunteers at a local cat rescue group. In her free time she cuddles with and takes pictures of her 3 cats.
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