By starting the habit of grooming kitty cat early enough, she will learn to love getting groomed. In fact, it’s not unheard of for many kitties to love grooming time so much that they will come running to their owners when they are seen with brushes on their hands.
But before you pick up the brush, you need to keep one thing in mind: kittens, like their adult counterparts, can groom themselves just fine. Their tongues are designed to serve as mini-brushes that can remove loose hair and evenly distribute oils throughout their coats. But this does not mean that a kitty cat won’t appreciate any form of help, like in the removal of knots from her coat.
What are the Best Ways to Help Kitty Groom Herself?
In the case of short-haired kittens, they only require a quick brushing once a week. However, long-coated breeds like the Persian will need daily brushing.
- Begin by placing kitty on the lap and gently brushing her coat. Make sure to praise her for being well-behaved in a soothing voice.
- Stroke her coat after two minutes. Hand a treat to her as a reward for the short brushing session.
- Repeat many times in a day, making sure to gradually increase brushing time length.
Kittens generally require a significant amount of time to get used to a grooming routine. So if, after five days, you believe kitty has become familiar with the feeling of brushing, begin grooming kittens’ sensitive areas such as the belly, ears, and tail. During the first few sessions of brushing these parts, be extra careful and keep these sessions brief. Start grooming the back if you notice any sign of aggression or boredom.
Rarely do healthy kittens need nail care since they care for their nails when they do a myriad of activities such as scratching things and climbing trees. In the case of indoor and older cats, however, their nails need to be clipped on a regular basis.
Nails, particularly the back paws, need to be checked once a week. If these show at rest, then they need to be trimmed. You or a veterinarian can do this task, and if you have decided that you will be doing it yourself, then make sure that the paw pads are checked for foreign bodies, cuts, and soreness. If anything unusual is found, contact the vet immediately.
Many short-haired felines do fine without taking a bath, although there are times when a quick dip might be necessary. As for show cats and the long-coated ones, however, they will need to get bathed frequently. Thus, long-coated and show cats should be used to occasional warm baths while still at a young age.
Like with nail care, you or a vet can bathe a cat. If you have decided that you should be doing this task, highlighted below are a few things you can do:
- Thoroughly groom the coat to remove all knots. Tangled coats are difficult to manage when wet.
- A rubber mat must then be placed at the bottom part of the sink.
- Fill half the sink with warm water. A nozzle spray must then be attached to the taps.
- Ready the towel and cat shampoo so you need not walk far when they are needed.
- Hold kitty firmly but gently when placing her in the sink. Wet her coat immediately afterwards.
- Apply shampoo, then thoroughly rinse.
- Dry kitty accordingly. If she has a long coat, blow-dry as you brush her.
- Check the sink and the water in it for the presence of parasites.