Cat Grooming at HomePublished December 15, 2008
Cat Grooming at Home: The Younger, the Better
One key in becoming a successful "home" groomer to your own felines is to begin the process as early as possible. Young kittens and adolescents are more willing to accept (and possibly even enjoy) new procedures . . . such as being groomed. It must be a horrifying experience to a cat who sees his first comb at three-years-old! It has to hurt to tear at those mats and pull at the hair. If kitty had gotten used to it when it didn't hurt and thinks of grooming time as "bonding" time with their favorite human, it can grow into a fun and rewarding time for both of you. The bottom line that both you and your cat will agree on is wanting him to look and feel clean. That goal can be reached with a little patience and time invested in kitty's regular grooming routine. Also, regular grooming sessions are an opportunity to check lumps and bumps, areas of tenderness, hair loss and other things which may require you or your vet's attention.
Cat Grooming at Home: Tricks and Tools of the Trade
"Essential tools for grooming your pet at home include," says Pam Comer, a Certified Animal Groomer out of Southern Michigan, "a metal comb, a slicker, pin brush or an undercoat rake to remove loose hair. Nail clippers to trim nails, ear cleaner and cotton balls to clean ears, and always use a shampoo formulated for pets when bathing your dog or cat. Human shampoo is too drying to be used on the fur of animals. A tearless shampoo can be used around the face so it does not irritate the eyes. Last but not least, just like humans, our pets need good dental care also. Brushing your pet's teeth will only promote good oral hygiene."
Cat Grooming at Home: Grooming Time
As stated earlier, starting the daily grooming regimen when the cat is young will make it easier for both of you in the years that follow. If your cat's fur becomes tangled or matted, try to gently break the knot into smaller pieces with your fingers. Only try to cut the knot out as a last resort -- and be careful not to let the scissors touch the cat's skin, which pierces more easily than you might expect. If you have any reservations about taking scissors to your cat's tender skin, take kitty to a professional and let them do the procedure correctly and without causing harm to your furry friend.
"The most important thing to remember is that the pet owner needs to make the grooming of their pet a positive experience for the dog or cat." Comer says, "Be patient with your pet and keep your home grooming periods short." If you take the correct approach to home grooming, you and your pet will form a special bond for life.