It’s not uncommon for new cat owners to ask the question: Can cats be groomed? The short answer is yes…but because most cats are pretty good about grooming themselves, some may not be too fond of you trying to do their job for them. No worries, because this article will teach you how to groom a cat and how to get them accustomed to it. Once you get some basics down, grooming your cat will become a normal routine—with routine being the focus word. Below are some basic cat grooming tips to get you started.

To get your cat used to regular grooming, you need to:

  • Select a time when your cat is the most calm(perhaps after a meal)
  • Begin grooming your cat in 5-10 minute sessions
  • Sooth and encourage your cat throughout the process
  • Give them treats to reinforce the idea that grooming is a good thing
  • If your kitty lets you know that your grooming technique stinks…Stop and attempt it another time

After a while your cat will get used to the idea of pet pampering, perhaps even anticipating it.

Brushing Your Cat

Let’s begin by talking about how to brush a cat. Besides keeping your cat looking like a meow mix cover kitty, brushing your cat regularly, offers a few benefits. By routinely brushing your cat’s coat, you can remove dead hair, dirt and stop their fur from becoming matted and tangled. Just make sure that you brush with the grain—meaning brush in the direction the hair is naturally lying. Be especially careful, loving and gentle around the areas of the belly and chest—being rough in these areas will get you a side eye whenever you whip out the brush. I can’t state this enough: When you groom a cat, you should be sensitive, gentle and caring. Let’s get into the specifics of how to brush a cat.

Short-Hair Cats: Brush Twice A Week

  • Inspect your cat for skin irritation, wounds, bumps or bald spots
  • If you find anything that is outstanding, take your cat to a veterinarian
  • From head to tail, run a fine-toothed metal comb through your cat’s fur
  • Pay attention to the fleas that may pop out as you are combing
  • Brush out loose hair with a bristle or soft rubber brush
  • If you want to brush your cat’s face, use a tooth brush

Long-Haired Cats: Brush Everyday

  • Inspect your cat for skin irritation, wounds, bumps or bald spots
  • If you find anything that is outstanding, take your cat to a veterinarian
  • Comb out the debris from your kitty’s fur with a wide-toothed comb
  • Pay attention to the fleas that may pop out as you are combing
  • From head to tail, brush out loose hair with a wire brush or bristle brush
  • If you want to brush your cat’s face, use a tooth brush
  • Don’t cut out matted hair or there could be trouble, most likely for you

See…that wasn’t complicated at all. If you can’t remember anything else, remember to keep it simple: Check the fur, brush or comb with the grain and do it with love. Click the following link to watch a video on “How To Brush A Cat”.

Bathing Your Cat

So let’s tackle bathing. I say tackle because everybody knows that cats aren’t too happy about taking baths. That’s why some people ponder the question: Can you bathe a cat? Yes, it just takes some proper coaxing and getting used to. But no worries…in the scheme of things—to your cat—bathing is a tray of cakes compared to standing near a cucumber. So let’s talk about the lesser of the two evils.

Should You Bathe A Cat?
Are cats clean? Yup! The good news is that cats rarely need to take a bath. Once or twice a year is sufficient. It’s really only necessary to bathe them when they get so dirty, that their poor little tongues can’t handle the work load. That’s when it’s time for Mom/Dad to step in. But the question is: How do you bathe a cat? Lets go over some basic cat bathing tips.

  • Place a rubber bath mat at the bottom of a tub/sink
  • Prepare the water temperature to be pleasingly warm
  • Then fill the tub/sink up to 3 to 4 inches with water
  • Slowly and gently place your kitty in the water
  • Without pouring or spraying water onto your kitty’s head, gently wet your cat down with a hose or some sort of spray device. You can also use a plastic pitcher
  • Use a shampoo designed for use on cats
  • Once your kitty is reasonably wet, lovingly rub in the shampoo(all over)
  • Rinse all the shampoo out. There should be no shampoo coming from their coat. Remember to not pour water on your cat’s head
  • Finally, use a big towel to pat your kitty dry

As long as you encourage and praise your cat through the whole process, bathing your cat can go quite smoothly. However, if it’s your kitty’s first time, you might want to get someone to assist you. Click the following link to watch a video on “Bathing Your Cat”.

DeShedding

Once you’ve bathed and dried your cat, you may want to think about deShedding. Shedding is a common occurrence with all cats, something most cat owners would rather do without. This is because cat fur is responsive to lighting and since indoor cats receive a good amount of lighting year round; shedding is something that happens all the time. This is why you might find cat hair in your sock or fur balls blowing across the kitchen like tumble weeds. It gets annoying after awhile.

A very common solution to this is deShedding. To get better acquainted with what deShedding is and how beneficial it is to your cat, click on this link. But in a nutshell, it’s a process of removing loose and dead hair(regularly) in one place—so that you won’t have to collect it in different places later. If your cat needs a layer or two of loose hair removed, below are some basic tips on how to do that with a tool called the Furminator DeShedding Tool.

An easy way to use the Furminator DeShedding Tool:

  • Make sure your kitty’s coat is dry
  • Inspect your cat. Make sure there are no tangles, mats or skin conditions. If there are, seek the help of a veterinarian
  • Position the teeth of the Furminator toward the coat
  • Work your way back from the head of your cat and be very careful in areas like the genitalia, legs and the stomach
  • Glide the Furminator across your kitty’s coat like a brush. Make sure you go with the grain, pulling it in a backward motion with long even strokes—very much like a rake, but gently. Try not to make too many passes in the same spot and definitely do not brush in a rough, heavy handed manner. This can cause irritation and redness to the skin. Stop if the skin becomes irritated.
  • Eject the hair from the teeth of the Furminator DeShedding Tool as you brush by pushing the FURejector button

For a video demonstration and more information, click the following link: Furminator DeShedding Tool

Cat Pedicure

Giving your cat the perfect pedicure doesn’t have to be hard at all, just follow the steps below and you’ll have this routine down in no time. Lets get started.

  • Set some time aside for getting your cat used to the idea of you handling his/her paws
  • Remember to speak sounds and words of praise and encouragement as you’re training your kitty
  • Rub your kitty’s paws in a messaging manner everyday. Start from the leg and glide your hand down to the paw. Once you’re at the paw, press on the toe pad so that the claws will extend out
  • About 2-3 weeks later your kitty will come to expect this brand of daily pampering
  • When your cat becomes accustomed to the paw messages, you can start clipping
  • Quality, sharp nail clippers or scissors(designed specifically for cat clipping) are highly recommended
  • Just clip the white tip of the claw
  • DO NOT cut the quick. This is a pink area seen through the translucent claw

In conclusion, once you know the basics, grooming your cat is really not that big of a deal. When you groom your cat, you should be gentle and caring. Work your kitty very slowly into the routine, never try to quickly force the process onto your cat. It should be a relaxing, pleasurable experience for the both of you.

Below are some Amazon products/tools that I recommend to get you started, I hope this article helps and thank you for reading.