Cat’s are wonderful pet’s and they are known to be rather self-sufficient. However, they still need our help, so let’s look at how to correctly brush your cat’s coat.
Why most people don’t groom their cats
Many people are under the impression that because their cats regularly groom themselves, that there is no need to brush them as well. This is not entirely true. Cats need help in removing excess hair from their coats, especially during any sort of seasonal changes. These are the times when your cat, both long and short-haired, will shed a lot more than usual.
What are the benefits of grooming my cat?
- Allows you to build a strong bond with your cat.
- Helps to maintain coat health and condition by removing dirt and grease.
- Assists in removing dead hair and minimizes shedding, this will reduce the amount of hair that your cat ingests. By doing this it will help prevent your cat from getting hairballs.
- Regular brushing will also stimulate and improve blood circulation. It will help to remove dandruff and skin flakes.
- A good opportunity to check their coat for any skin irritations, bald spots, injuries, swelling, or warm spots under the skin.
Always use the correct tools
There are a variety of grooming brushes available to us when you walk through a pet store. It is important to make sure that you are using the correct type of brush for your cat’s coat.
Always look for a brush that has soft rounded ends. These can be made of plastic, rubber, silicone, etc. This will ensure that you are not scraping your cat’s skin whilst you are brushing their coat.
For long-haired cats, a wide-toothed metal comb, as well as wire-pin or slicker brushes are recommended.
If you have a short-haired cat, a fine-toothed comb or brush with soft ends will be fine or even a grooming mitt or a rubber curry comb.
A de-shedding comb is also handy for those cats with long luscious coats.
How to correctly brush your cat’s coat
Start by making sure that your cat is calm and relaxed, after a meal is also a good time. Start at the base of their skull area and work your way down their neck and back. Always brush in the direction in which their hair grows. Going against the grain could result in any knots or matted areas pulling the cat’s skin and hurting them. If your cat has a long coat then only brush through smaller sections at a time to avoid tugging your cat’s fur. Make sure to brush everywhere, including their chest, belly, and neck
How to deal with matted fur?
If you notice mats in your cat’s fur, sometimes you can gently tease them out with a comb. However, if the mats are extensive or severe, you may need to cut them out. Be careful not to cut your cat’s skin. However, we recommend that a professional groomer assists to remove the mats for you.
Remember to contact us to book a grooming session for your purr-fect furchild.