Self-Grooming Brush for Cats - Pets
Many people expect that their cats will self-groom — after all, do fairly well without the help of brushes and baths. But if you're planning to cut corners on , your cat will need to have short hair and be entirely free of . A self-grooming approach also eliminates a regular opportunity to check your cat for external or make sure that he is more pleasant to cuddle with.
Less is more when introducing a cat or kitten to grooming. If your cat only tolerates brushing for a minute, great. Brush her for a minute, feed her a kitty treat and back off for a little while. Gradually, you can extend your cat’s tolerance for grooming if you approach it positively and respect your cat’s boundaries.
Though some cats have no trouble being brushed, others may be very resistant, especially when you are brushing their belly or legs. Below are a few tips for grooming kitties that are not fond of being brushed:We pay special attention to each cat and do not rush the grooming process. All cats must be brought in at their scheduled time to ensure enough time to groom your cat properly with as little stress as possible. When making your grooming reservation at Cat Connection, please be honest on the condition of your cats coat. We normally book all reservations 2-3 weeks out (yes, we are very popular!). It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to maintain your cats coat, therefore do not neglect proper brushing and combing for 2 weeks just because you have a grooming appointment with us. A cat's coat will not get in a complete matted stage in 2 weeks unless the cat has been neglected.Regular grooming will also provide you with the opportunity to spend more "quality time" with your cat, combing, brushing and generally bonding with him. You will also be able to check your cat closely for any problems while grooming as well. Move the hair aside and examine the skin closely for signs of fleas and ticks. Also check for any unusual problems with the coat such as mats, tangles, skin irritations, etc. Should you notice matting, try to gently comb the mat out but never use scissors to cut out the mat. Cat's skin is very thin and can be cut easily resulting in a trip to your vet and daily treatments to heal the wound. If you are not able to remove the mat, schedule a grooming appointment with Cat Connection to give your kitty the professional care and attention he deserves. Learn where he likes to be combed and brushed, and where he doesn't. Cats have sensitive ears that may need to be groomed a little more gently and carefully than other areas. By paying special attention to these locations, you will help make your cat more comfortable while being groomed, and he will not resist future grooming sessions.How often your cat needs to be combed/brushed depends upon several factors: type and length of coat, weather conditions, time of year, etc. Generally speaking, shorthaired cats should be combed/brushed about twice a week, while longhaired cats should be combed/brushed daily. You will soon find the grooming frequency that provides the best results for your cat. It is important to establish and adhere to a regular grooming schedule. These sessions should be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you. Be sure that you allow time to provide proper grooming, and are not likely to be interrupted.Grooming is also important for kittens. We see cats constantly licking and grooming their kittens to help keep their coats clean. Your kitten will also need some help with his grooming. By starting with short grooming sessions at a young age, your kitten will become accustomed to the grooming procedure and will be less likely to resist your grooming efforts when he gets older. Constantly reassure your kitten in gentle tones while brushing and combing. This will, in time, make him accustomed to being handled and brushed. Eventually he will be quite comfortable and will look forward to these grooming sessions with you.If a tangle is small or relatively minor, or if your cat has just picked up a burr or grass awn, you may be able to gently remove it by brushing or combing it out. If, however, the tangle is extensive or there is a large clump of burrs or grass awns forming a mat, it may be necessary to cut out the clump of hair. In this case, you need to be extremely CAREFUL that you do not accidentally cut your cat's skin. When tangles are severe or extensive, we strongly recommend that you seek professional care, either from a groomer or from your veterinarian. If a mat has caused any sort of skin irritation, you should take your cat to the veterinarian so that the appropriate treatment can be prescribed.