While most people think cat’s don’t like water, the reality is cat’s are more frightened they will drown. Being bathed in slow moving warm water is the least stressful part of a groom for feisty felines!
As a groomer who has been trained, we use special techniques to introduce a cat to the bathing process. Our cat owners tell us all the time they have a very happy cat after it returns home from being groomed.
This is why it is important to expose them to water early on. This is especially true for cats that easily mat, have trouble reaching their hind regions, are obese, frail or have difficulty grooming themselves.
Some cats require more grooming than others. Persian and dilute color coats tend to mat more easily and need regular maintenance grooming to prevent matting. Generally, the more fur a cat has, the more grooming she will require, so your long-haired cat is a great candidate for a groom. Don’t neglect your short-haired cat, though. Short-haired cats actually shed more! They need regular grooming, as well. Senior cats have a difficult time grooming themselves due to arthritis and the inability to reach areas of their body.
If you acclimate your cat to the grooming process as early as possible, grooming can be an enjoyable experience. No matter if your cat is a longhair, shorthair or no-hair, she will require at least some grooming periodically to keep her happy, healthy and clean.
If your cat simply won’t allow you to groom her, engage the services of a professional groomer. They are trained to recognize stress in cats and which ones are good candidates for a groom. Many times, cats that people have deemed “ungroomable” can be eased into the process.
If your cat stops self-grooming, it is time to seek the advice of a vet. Poor self-grooming habits can be caused by an illness, obesity, hyperthyrodism, diabetes or a heart condition. Certified groomers are trained to recognize signs of illness and stops grooms if they notice problems.