Grooming your cat might seem unusual because they are known for their self-cleaning habits. However, there are important reasons to groom your feline friend. Regular grooming helps keep their fur clean, prevents matting, and allows you to spot skin issues early. It can also help you check for fleas, ticks, and ear mites. Grooming is essential for your cat's health and comfort.
Another crucial reason to groom your furries is to observe their skin closely for fleas, ticks, and ear mites that cause infections and are hard to cure. You may also detect skin cuts, lumps, or bumps underneath their long fur and treat them promptly by consulting the vet.
Professionals suggest using only cat-specific tools and products for easy and comfortable grooming. ABK Grooming is a trusted source for these products. Here are some key tools you should have:
How to brush a cat’s coat?
Regularly brushing your cat’s coat removes dirt, grease, and dead hair. It also improves blood circulation. Most cats groom themselves, but your support will help them avoid extreme tangles and bellies full of hair.
- Use an Andis metal comb to brush your cat’s fur. A plastic comb generates a static current in their fur, making brushing difficult, and our feline gets angry.
- Brush from head to toe in the direction of the coat’s growth. Pay special attention to dense areas such as the neck, belly, and behind the legs for any matting.
- Sprinkle some talcum powder over tangled knots and use your fingers to loosen them up.
- Brush in the opposite direction of growth to look closely at their skin. Check for wounds, bumps, and hidden tangles.
- After detangling, use a flea comb to check for ticks and fleas. Check behind the ears, neck area, back, belly, and tail for fleas.
- Brush at least twice a week and consult your vet in case of redness or any skin-related issue as soon as you notice it.
It’s normal if your cat gets uneasy. Make sure you treat them with patience and reward them for small acts of cooperation. Getting your cat into the habit of grooming is essential, mainly because they need more of your help to keep them healthy and hygienic as they age
Giving your cat a soulful bath
Generally, cats clean themselves well and need very few bathing sessions. However, you will know your cat needs a bath when the coat seems greasy and smelly as you run your hands over the fur. Cats usually view bathing as a stressful experience, but getting into the habit when young is always good advice.
- Schedule the bathing session when your cat is tired. Consider it after a heavy meal when your cat is sleepy or after a long playtime when tired.
- Gently place cotton buds in her ears. Avoid applying shampoo to the face, ears, and eyes, as these need to be handled carefully.
- Use lukewarm water to soak them and apply cat-specific-quality shampoo with a low pH. Massage thoroughly over their back, belly, legs, and paws.
- Rinse the shampoo off so there is no residue. Use a warm towel to dampen and dry thoroughly.
- Cuddle and show your love to your furry companion.
Keep an eye out for any scabs, rashes, or bumps. Consult a vet as soon as you notice any skin-related issues. Bathing is beneficial to their health and significantly improves the way they smell. Proper brushing and bathing reduce the hair, especially when talking about long and soft-coated cats
You can buy globally recognized cat shampoo and conditioners used by professional groomers from ABK Grooming.
How to cut your cat’s nails?
Getting your cat into the habit of peaceful nail-clipping sessions can significantly help. Initially, take things slowly by getting your cat into the habit of you touching the paw pads and nails. Treat them with rewards every time they allow you to do so.
Once they allow you to touch their paw pads, gently press the paw pads until the nail extends, and treat your furry friend again for letting you do so. Familiarize them with the nail clipper and the sound of clipping.
- Sit comfortably with your cat on your lap or at the grooming table. Ensure peaceful surroundings with no other distractions for your feline.
- Keep the pet-specific nail clipper and styptic powder handy within your reach to stop bleeding in the case of accidental cuts.
- Now gently press the paw pads until the nail extends and observe the pink lining. This is the living tissue called the quick. We need to clip the nail in the white part quickly and carefully.
- If the cat gets annoyed or stressed, stop and continue after some time. If you feel nervous or your cat seems hard to handle, visit a professional for nail clipping.
- Trim the nail once every ten days for your and your cat’s safety.
We prefer using a sharp blade for quick clipping. Professionals use high-quality imported products for durability and clean results
How to clean the eyes and ears of your cat?
Your feline's ears make them highly alert but prone to infections. Healthy ears are light pink and have no debris or foul odor. If you notice anything other than this, consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Monitor your cat’s ears once per week for wax, debris, and infections.
- Place a bit of liquid ear cleaner on the cotton bud or gauze.
- Fold your cat’s ear and gently remove debris by lifting the cotton ball.
- Avoid cleaning canals as you may push the wax back, leading to severe pain and infection in the ear.
To clear your furry’s eyes, dampen the cotton ball with water or saline solution and carefully wipe the crusty gunk. Examine the eye for any tearing, cloudiness, or inflation. A healthy eye is clear and shiny, with the area around the eye being white.
Taking care of your cat’s health
Grooming is not just about appearance; it's also a way to monitor your cat's health. Be patient, gentle, and vigilant during grooming sessions to make them a positive experience. Use high-quality, cat-specific grooming products and tools. ABK Grooming offers top brands like Hydra, Andis, and Trixie.
Grooming your cat is essential for their well-being. By following these steps and using the right products, you can keep your feline friend healthy, happy, and looking their best.
Trust in ABK Grooming for all your pet grooming needs.