Kitties are very clean pets, which is one of the reasons they are so popular. Fluffy will spend a good chunk of the time she’s actually awake each day on cleaning herself. However, your furry little diva can still use some help with her beauty rituals. A Burnsville, MN vet offers some advice on grooming your feline overlord in this article.
First and foremost: check with your vet before bathing Fluffy, especially if you’re giving her a flea bath. Also, be sure to only use cat shampoo and a few inches of lukewarm water. Take care not to get soap in her eyes! Use a facecloth on Fluffy’s head. You may find a pitcher works great for rinsing. Once you’re done, offer your kitty a treat or a new toy to get her motor going again.
Most cats will benefit from being brushed regularly. The key is to pick the right time. Wait until Fluffy is feeling relaxed and cuddly. If your furball is a lap cat, grab her brush before you settle down with her. Start by petting her, then incorporate the brush. Many kitties enjoy being pampered this way. Just don’t push it. When your feline pal decides she’s done, let her go.
Super fluffy cats can get painful knots if they aren’t brushed regularly. You may need to get a special detangling mat to help with knots. Be careful not to pull too hard! Pay extra attention to your kitty’s ‘armpits,’ as these can be problem areas. Your vet may also recommend trimming the fur around Fluffy’s bottom, so it doesn’t get stained. Be super careful, and use round-end scissors.
Kitty grooming sessions are a great opportunity to check your feline friend’s general condition. Look for things that could indicate medical issues, such as lumps, bumps, and lesions; swelling; heat; skin issues, such as redness or flaking; and/or sensitivity. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything off.
Some kitties will benefit from being groomed at a salon. If your furry friend has gotten matted or tangled, you may need professional help. Older cats may also need full beauty treatments, as they often have trouble bending and stretching enough to reach their whole bodies. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Do you need to schedule a kitty grooming appointment? Contact us, your Burnsville, MN veterinary clinic, today!