Cats can be so meticulous about grooming that they often put our human grooming habits to shame. But that doesn’t mean don't need regular , and, in some cases, . There's only so much your kitty can do on her own to keep her coat and nails in pristine condition. She needs your help, so it’s time to get over any nerves you may have about using a hairbrush, nail trimmer or shampoo on your cat. To make this easier for you and your kitty, we’veanswered some of your most common questions about grooming .
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If you find a mat in your cat’s hair, do not pull on it. Pulling will be painful for your cat, and he or she will not want to be brushed again. Also, do not try to cut mats out—you may end up accidentally cutting yourself or your cat. Special brushes and combs are available to help split and remove mats; alternatively, consult your veterinarian or a reliable groomer. Sometimes mats must be professionally shaved.
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Brushing removes dirt and grease, and prevents mats from forming in your cat’s fur. Regular brushing becomes particularly important as your cat grows older and is no longer as adept at personal grooming. Many pet owners are far too rough; brush slowly and gently, in the direction that the fur grows. Focus on one section at a time. Handle stubborn knots with a mat splitter. When you’re finished, run your hands along your cat’s body to check for wounds, ticks, bald patches, or hidden tangles. If you come across anything unusual or alarming, request feedback from your vet.
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Now it's really grooming time! Before you can brush your cat you'll have to remove any mats that have developed. You don't want to pull his skin (then he'll just hate grooming time all the more!) But this is not as easy as it sounds! A clean, shiny coat is a sign that your cat is in good health and is eating nutritious food. By grooming your cat, you can encourage growth and shine in the hair. Cats are naturally clean animals, so your cat may not need you to groom her very much, particularly if she has short hair. Long-haired cats, on the other hand, need to be groomed more regularly, usually once a day. Try to get your cat used to -- and comfortable with -- grooming when she's a kitten so that grooming her when she's an adult will be much easier.If your cat is used to being groomed, you will both enjoy this time together. Most cats purr when they're brushed, because it feels like they're being patted. If your cat or kitten is initially nervous, try spending some time playing with her so she gets used to being touched and handled. Allow her to play with the comb or brush, so she gets used to it and loses her anxiety.Groom all the dead hair out of your cat's coat, using a comb or soft bristle brush. Be particularly gentle when you're combing her head, then groom down her body, tail and legs. Finally, go back over her coat with the brush to remove all loose hairs.The hair of long-haired cats and kittens can easily become matted. Once that happens, the tangled hair has to be removed before you can groom the cat properly -- and unfortunately, this may involve sedating the cat and having the hair clipped by a professional cat groomer or your vet. Be sure to seek expert advice if your cat's hair becomes matted. If your cat is dirty, wipe her down with a clean, damp cloth, but don't use soap.While you groom your cat, take the time to check her skin for lumps, rashes, discharges or any other signs that she's not well. If you find any problems, talk to your vet.