Getting into grooming can seem daunting, whether you’ve just brought home a long-haired Himalayan or you suddenly see just how much your feline sheds in Spring. But once you get your head around it, grooming is actually easier than you think. And does your pet a pawful of good. Just follow our tips and trix below, and your long-haired hippie kitty will be looking adorably conservative in no time.
Cat tongues are like mini brushes.
Cats are the fleas knees when it comes to grooming – after all, their rough tongues are like mini-brushes, removing dead hair and distributing natural oils for a shiny coat. You’ll want to lend a paw though, especially to remove any loose fur that can cause hairballs.
It’s not just about looking good, Cleo.
(Although cats do it so well). But seriously, grooming is great for giving your cat healthy skin and coat; removing dead hair; and getting quality cat-and-mouse time together.
Keep a cat’s eye on your cat’s skin.
Grooming is the best time to look for any signs of fleas, ticks, skin irritations, lumps or sore spots, on your furry friend.
Grooming helps waterproof your cat.
Grooming smoothes down Fluffy’s fur to insulate his body, and then stimulates the glands at the base of his hair, to waterproof the coat.
Brushing fixes hair-raising problems.
Most kitties need our undivided fur brush during spring, since they’re shedding their winter coats. Long-haired cats, however, need grooming year-round. This will help prevent their hair from becoming matted, your couch from becoming a tress-mess, and your cat from ingesting his own fur – kicking the furball problem to the curb.
Keeping fur off furniture is about where you groom.
Rather than split hairs, keep them off your furniture by standing your pet on a mat, or grooming him outdoors.
Clipping matted fur (without any hissy-fits).
Now, sometimes even our most devoted domestic longhairs encounter severe matting – hisss. This may require clipping or stripping your cat’s fur, which are best left to grooming petsperts, if you ask us. But to prevent clumping (or poo sticking to the fur around your tom cat’s bum), you can actually clip the hair around this area, to keep your Ragdoll on the hygienic side. Petsperts call this the ‘hygiene’ or ‘sanitary’ clip. Some long-haired cats, such as Persians, also do well with a partial clip, or clipping hair-raising areas like the armpits; inner thighs; and under the chin and tail.
Stripping can also make the hair of your tressy Turkish Van much easier to manage, and it’s also great for cats that roam free or live in warm climates. The only fishy thing about stripping is that cats can find it difficult to regulate their body temperatures, making them more prone to hypothermia.
So, there you have it – may the brush be with you.