We love our beautiful long-haired cats and they are wonderful companions.
The best way to keep them clean and well-groomed is to determine what they need.
Which cats need grooming most?
Longer haired cats
Cats with soft, silky fur
Senior or Geriatric cats
Cats with health issues
Cats who have humans with allergies or can’t tolerate all the fur
The best thing to do for your cat is to keep him feeling clean and fresh. Cats are fastidious creatures. Starting them off young with bathing, brushing and drying is key to keeping your kitty clean and used to being handled. These are some general guidelines.
Remember, the softer the fur, the more you will have to comb it. If it is silky, the same rule applies as they tangle easier and could turn into painful mats. Daily brushing is needed.
Some cats are fine with brushing, but remember that if your cat has tangles, it is similar to you having a tangle in your hair and is painful when brushed or combed. It is even more painful if the fur is attached to the skin (picture a mat attached to your scalp – ouch!) Mats are also dangerous.
If you are unable to comb your cat, consult with a professional cat groomer.
Older cats may need more assistance
Although cats are thought to be self-grooming, how do you define grooming? If it’s licking yourself with your own saliva, then cats do groom themselves. However, many get dust, litter and other bacteria on their fur.
This is particularly true with older cats who may have difficulty getting to hard to reach parts of their bodies like their buttocks and legs. The process of stretching and turning may too much for a tired, aging cat. Cats that go ungroomed risk becoming dirty and developing infections.
Flat-faced cats breed may need help with their eyes and coats
Brachycephalic breeds, such as Persians and Himalayans, have distinct “pushed in” faces. These types of cats may need help with tear stains and possible eye infections. Their coats are also very soft and tend to tangle and mat easily. Getting them used to the grooming process as kittens is key with these breeds.
The more hair a cat has, the more grooming they will need to do. For older or overweight cats, they may need some extra help keeping themselves tidy. If you would like your cat smelling fresh, start implementing a bath into their routine when they are young, so that they can get used to taking regular baths.
Less hairballs for you to clean and less fur to vacuum
All cats are prone to hairballs at some point, but the more fur, the more likely they will suffer. Regular grooming will help reduce the hairballs and will decrease the amount of fur to vacuum.
If you are unable to groom your cat, please consult us and we can recommend the best solutions for which ever grooming problems you or your cat are experiencing.