Cats are known for cleanliness.
Grooming is something cats take care of themselves. Long-haired breeds and older cats may need a helping hand to keep their coats clean and tangle free. Even though you may think your cat needs no help from you, accustoming them to regular grooming by gently working all over with a brush suitable for the coat is worthwhile.
Cats lick their fur, the chemistry of their saliva, during frequent grooming, appears to be a natural deodorant The function of this cleanliness is to decrease the chance a prey animal will notice the cat's presence in time
Individual animals regularly clean themselves and put their fur, feathers or other skin coverings in good order. This activity is known as personal grooming or preening, a form of hygiene. For example, combing through the hair and extracting foreign objects such as insects, leaves, dirt and twigs, are all forms of grooming.
Cats also lick both each other and people (e.g. their owners). Cats lick each other to groom each other and to bond together (this grooming is usually done between cats that know each other very well). They will also sometimes lick their owners for similar reasons, that is, to "groom" them and to show them caring and affection. Some owners enjoy these licks and find them pleasant, (although not for long periods of time since cats have rough tongues), while other owners don't like the licking as much. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
An adult cat spends about 15% of its day grooming itself
Cats, when healthy, are fastidious animals. If you ever have the time, spy on your cat as it grooms itself. Notice how it cleverly washes areas that its tongue cannot directly reach. It does this by licking a paw and then using it like a giant scrub brush around the ears, nose and the back of its head. (From thedailycat.com - www.thedailycat.com)
Cat Grooming Tips - Cats clean themselves, why should I groom them? We see our cats spending a lot of time each day licking and cleaning themselves. There are various reasons, however, why your cat still needs your grooming assistance to stay healthy and happy. Grooming accomplishes much more than just making your cat's coat look nice and shiny. It also stimulates circulation, removes loose hair, and helps prevent matting.
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Grooming For Newcomers - by T. J. Dunn, Jr. DVM - Dog and cat groomers, more than any other group of pet health care professionals, fill a very unique niche in enhancing pet health. Your profession requires certain attributes not required by veterinarians, trainers, breeders, pet shop owners, kennel operators and pet food retail salespeople. (See How To Evaluate a Groomer
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Grooming for long-haired cats
A long-haired kitten such as a Persian should be groomed from an early age so that it becomes used to the routine and will actually learn to enjoy it. Place the kitten firmly but gently on a non-slippery table surface facing away from you. Starting at the head, comb gently with a wide-toothed metal comb (no more than 10 teeth to the inch) 'against the grain'. For the sides of the body, lift the fur and comb downwards a small portion at a time. Brush from tail to head and upwards on the sides with a natural bristle brush, separating each hair. Do not use a nylon brush, as it can build up static electricity in the fur and actually encourage tangling. Pay special attention to the areas behind the ears and elbows, on the flanks and abdomen and under the tail. When you encounter any mats or knots, gently work them out carefully or you may leave bald or patchy areas behind. Once a week, it is recommended that you part the coat and sprinkle lightly with baby powder, then brush out the powder. The powder acts as a dry shampoo and helps to remove any remaining dirt or grease from the fur.
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Grooming for short-haired Cats
Bathing, rinsing and drying of a short-haired cat prior to a show is basically the same as that for a long-haired cat, except the whole process is much easier and faster, and there is not need to continuously comb the coat while drying it. Orientals, Burmese and Siamese cats can be given a bran bath two days before a show; this often makes the coat gleam as it removes dirt and excess grease. To give a bran bath, 6 ozs plain bran (found in the health food section of the supermarket) should be warmed thoroughly in a moderate oven. The bran should then be rubbed with your fingers against the natural growth direction of the coat, left on for a few minutes, then gently brushed out with a slicker wire brush. White or light colored short-haired cats may benefit from a little talcum powder, but again, all traces of the powder must be removed before the show.
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How to Trim a Cat's Claws
Although it may seem like a daunting task at first, trimming your cat's claws regularly is an important part of maintaining your feline companion's hygiene. Keeping your cat's claws clipped will also minimize scratches that might be suffered by you—and your furniture
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General Grooming of Cats - Grooming plays a very important part in caring for your cat. The grooming requirements vary from breed to breed, some requiring daily brushing and combing others less often. Most cats spend a large part of their day grooming themselves. However as they get older they find it harder to reach certain areas, so it is best to try and help your cat by assisting in the grooming process.
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Claw Tips - Split and damaged claws are seen regularly in veterinary clinics and often it’s due to the claws being too long and becoming damaged with exercise. Dogs, cats and even birds need their claws trimmed occasionally
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Cat Grooming Tips - Cats are clean creatures, but they still require regular grooming to keep them happy and healthy.
Taking Care of Your Cat's Eyes - Cats and dogs accumulate small amounts of secretions and debris at the inside corners of their eyes, just like ‘sleep’ in humans. These secretions should be routinely cleaned away to keep your cat looking its best and to prevent irritation.
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Cleaning Your Cat's Ears
Even though cats are constantly licking and grooming themselves, it is important to check your cat’s ears and clean them if you notice any dirt, wax or debris. Regular ear care at home will help reduce the likelihood of ear infections and excess waxy build up.
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Giving Your Cat A Bath
Cats are usually fastidious creatures, constantly licking and grooming themselves. However, there are times when you may need to wash your cat. Longhaired cats may benefit from a bath to prevent tangling and matting, or you may wish to wash your cat with a flea preparation. Some cats with skin problems may require bathing with a medicated shampoo prescribed by your vet.
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FAQs on Cat Grooming
Cat care involves the grooming of your cats coat. Problems can arise affecting your cats health if regular grooming is not done, especially in Persians and long haired breeds.
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