15 Jun Tips for Grooming Your Cat
Grooming Franklin, TN and Brentwood, TN
Yes, your cat can groom herself. And yes, we’re happy to offer great grooming service in Franklin, TN, and Brentwood, TN. But, your cat also needs regular maintenance at home. Here, you’ll find some tips on grooming your pet at home – and remember, if the job’s too tough and you need some help, make an appointment to see us in Franklin.
Tips for Pet Grooming
Regular sessions with a brush or comb will help keep your pet’s hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout her coat, preventing tangles and keeping her skin clean and irritant-free.
If your cat has short hair, you only need to brush once a week:
- First, use a metal comb and work through your pet’s fur from head to tail.
- Next, use a bristle or rubber brush to remove dead and loose hair.
- Be extra-gentle near her chest and belly.
If your cat has long hair, you will need to brush every day:
- Start by combing her belly and legs; be sure to untangle any knots.
- Next, brush her fur in an upward motion with a bristle or rubber brush.
- To brush her tail, make a part down the middle and brush the fur out on either side.
Cats aren’t usually fans of water, so this may be a challenge – but, sometimes it is necessary. If your pet’s coat becomes greasy and oily, or if she’s gotten into something sticky or smelly, she’ll benefit from a bath. Use a mild shampoo that’s safe to use on cats, and follow these easy steps:
- First, give your pet a good brushing to remove all dead hair and mats.
- Place a rubber bath mat in a sink or tub to provide secure footing.
- Put your cat in a tub or sink that has been filled with about 3 to 4 inches of lukewarm water.
- Use a spray hose to thoroughly wet your pet, taking care not to spray directly in her ears, eyes or nose. If you don’t have a spray hose, a large plastic pitcher or unbreakable cup will do.
- Gently massage in shampoo, working from head to tail.
- Thoroughly rinse with a spray hose or pitcher; again, avoid the ears, eyes and nose
- Dry your pet gently with a large towel.
Clipping your cat’s nails can be a bit dangerous, but it is important. Most people really don’t handle their cats’ feet until they are about to clip the nails and then…watch out! Some animals can get very upset at this totally foreign feeling. That’s why it’s a good idea to get your pet used to having her feet touched before you attempt a nail trim. Rub your hand up and down her leg and then gently press each individual toe and be sure to give her lots of praise and some food treats as you do this. Every animal is different, but chances are that within a week or two of daily foot massage, your cat will accept nail clipping without too much fuss. Here’s how to do it:
- Begin by applying gentle pressure to the top of the foot and cushiony pad underneath, this will cause her to extend her claws.
- Use sharp, high-quality cat nail scissors to cut off the white tip of each nail, just before the point where it begins to curl.
- Take care to avoid the quick, a vein that runs into the nail. This pink area can be seen through the nail.
- If you do accidentally cut into this pink area, it may bleed, in which case you can apply some styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
Pet Care & Grooming Franklin, TN and Brentwood, TN
Grooming your cat is important to help keep her feeling healthy and strong. You can untangle knots and mats and keep the nails a proper length. Nails that are too long hurt both YOU and your pet. Always exercise care, especially with water. And remember, we’re here to help with grooming in Franklin, TN and Brentwood, TN.