Anthony Baraya

Pet Insurance

14 Dec 2016

The complete guide to grooming your cat

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!

Shorthaired cats

What you need: Fine-toothed flea comb; cat brush; grooming pad (optional); dampened cotton pads.

How often: Once a week.

Method: 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.

Longhaired cats

What you need: Wide-toothed cat comb; cat brush; cotton pads/rubber glove.

How often: Once a day.

Method: 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.

Grooming tips for all cats

Ear care

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.

Dental care

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.

Bathing

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.

Skin

If your cat excessively scratches, chews or licks, they may have a skin problem – from external parasites to seasonal allergies or stress.

Shedding

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.

Benefits are subject to the terms and conditions including the limits and exclusions of the insurance policy. Cover is issued by The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd ABN 78 090 584 473 AFSL No. 241436 (Hollard). Woolworths Limited ABN 88 000 014 675 AR No. 245476 (Woolworths) acts as Hollard’s Authorised Representative. Any advice provided is general only and may not be right for you. Consider the Product Disclosure Statement to decide if the product is right for you. Any general advice provided by Dr Harry Cooper in relation to Woolworths Pet Insurance is provided as an Authorised Representative of Hollard through an arrangement with Woolworths AR No. 1000933

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