From the top of their ears to the tips of their claws, cats are renowned for their clean habits.
But did you know that like dogs, cats require regular grooming to optimise the health of their skin and coat – and help prevent health issues such as digestive problems caused by hairballs?
Getting started is easy. You’ll need just a few basic items, some patience and a relaxed cat. Our guide will help you work out the best grooming plan for your fur baby.
Take time to learn your cat’s particular needs, and your grooming sessions can become an important bonding time – minus the bites and scratches!
What you need: Fine-toothed flea comb, cat brush, grooming pad (optional), dampened cotton pads
How often: Once a week
Start by gently running the flea comb through your cat’s coat to check for flea dirt. Use a special cat flea treatment if you find evidence of fleas. Use your fingers to gently loosen dead hair by massaging in the direction of the cat’s head. Now use the cat brush, working from the head down. Finally, use the grooming/cotton pad to remove loosened hair.
What you need: Wide-toothed cat comb, cat brush, cotton pads/rubber glove.
How often: Once a day
Massage your cat’s skin by rubbing your fingers against the hair growth from tail to head, checking for flea dirt. Use a special cat flea treatment if you find evidence of fleas. Use the wide-toothed comb to remove any debris. Carefully untangle any knots. Then use the cat brush to brush your cat and gently remove loose hair. Any remaining hairs can be picked up by smoothing your cat’s fur with a dampened cloth or rubber glove.
Check your cat’s ears regularly for wax, debris and infection. Use a damped cloth to gently clean the outside of the ears only. Do not poke inside the ear.
Your cat’s gums should be firm and pink and show no signs of swelling. The teeth should be clean, free of any brownish tartar, and intact.
With regular grooming, and your cat’s fastidious nature, there’s no need to bath your cat. However, if your cat brushes against something sticky or smelly, use a tiny bit of cat shampoo and a soft damp cloth to clean the affected area. Ensure no residue is left on kitty’s skin.
If your cat excessively scratches, chews or licks, they may have a skin problem – from external parasites to seasonal allergies or stress.
Shedding is a cat’s natural process of losing dead hair. However, bald patches or significant hair loss may indicate a health problem.
At all times, if you have any concerns about your cat’s health, consult your vet.
Find out more about how Woolworths Pet Insurance, and our range of covers, can help if your cat becomes unwell or has an accident.