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Follow these Tips for Easy Cat Grooming

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Taking care of your cat’s coat does not only help with the overall appearance of their hair, but it helps remove dirt and improve circulation. Depending on your cat’s hair length, you will need to groom your cat’s hair 1-2 times a week. Cat’s can help self groom; however, frequent brushing helps keep their coat tangle-free without matting. 

Picking the Right Time to Groom

One way to have a successful grooming session with your cat is to pick the right time to begin brushing and grooming them. The best time is when they are calm and settled; if you just finished playing with your cat, it is essential to wait a little bit before trying to groom them. 

  • Before brushing, check out the condition of your kitty’s coat.

If it’s healthy, her hair will have a natural gloss and spring back under your hand when you touch it. There shouldn’t be any bald patches or signs of fleas and ticks, and her skin should be free of wounds and unusual bumps.

  • For shorthaired cats:

With a metal comb, work the brush through your cat’s fur from head to tail to remove dirt and debris. Work along with the lie of her fur, brushing in the direction the coat grows. Brush all over her body, including her chest and abdomen, concentrating on one section at a time to remove dead hair and tangles. A rubber brush can be especially effective for removing dead hair on cats with short fur.

  • For longhaired cats:

Long-haired cats who live indoors shed throughout the year and need grooming sessions every few days to remove dead hair and prevent tangles. Start with the cat’s abdomen and legs, gently combing the fur upward toward their head. Comb the neck fur upward toward her chin. Make a part down the middle of her tail and gently brush out the coat on either side. You can sprinkle talcum powder over knots and gently use your fingers to tease them apart. If the knots don’t come out by hand, try using a mat-splitter.

  • During your weekly grooming sessions, run your hands along your cat’s body, checking for wounds, bumps, and hidden tangles.

Check for ticks and flea dirt, black specks of dried blood left behind by fleas. Sneak a peek under the tail to check for feces attached to the fur that may need to be snipped away with scissors. It’s also essential to fit around your cat’s anus for tan, rice-sized objects—these may indicate the presence of tapeworm.

  • Neglecting to brush your kitty’s coat can lead to painful tangles and a bellyful of hair. 

You’ll know if your cat suffers from hairballs when he coughs them up onto the floor or expels them in his feces. If, despite regular brushing, your cat continues to suffer from hairballs, there are several remedies available. Please ask your vet to recommend a solution.

For healthy skin and coat, cats need high-quality nutrients, including animal fats and oils.   TLC Whole Life Natural Cat Food includes chicken fat and Omega-3 rich salmon oil to nourish the skin and coat with essential oils.   TLC also has Flaxseed and Lecithin as additional quality sources of Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

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