Cat Grooming Basics

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Allison Howard with the Cat Fanciers Association explains the basics of how to groom your cat and keep it looking and feeling its best.

    Allison Howard: Hi! I am Allison with the Cat Fanciers' Association. Here to discuss some cat grooming basics and tips. It's not hard to keep your cat looking its best. So let's look at some easy ways to maintain their appearance.

    Daily combing and/or brushing not only keeps your cat's coat looking great, but offers an ideal time for one-on-one attention that your cat will look forward to. Whether your cat is a longhair or shorthair this grooming task is important to remove dead coat, particularly during shading season. Just a few minutes a day can prevent mats and knots from forming.

    Longhair cat should be groomed with a metal comb in order to penetrate their thick, full coat and get down to the skin where mats typically begin to form. Use a bristle or slicker brush for shorthair cats.

    All claws should be clipped every few weeks or at least once a month to keep your cat comfortable and prevent claws from snagging on fabrics or upholstery. Place your index finger on the bottom of the palm pad and press the top of the claw with your thumb to expose the claw. Clip only the tip with cat claw clippers.

    Ears should be looked into at least once a month to be certain they are clean and healthy looking. Any visible residue can be cleaned away with a cotton swab but never insert the swab directly into the ear canal.

    If your cat's eyes tear or residue is collecting in the inner corners of their eyes, you can wipe it clean using a round cotton pad moistened with salient solution. You should bathe your cat at least several times a year. For longhair cats it's time for a bath if you have trouble combing through their coat. Longhair cats should also be blown dry to prevent tangles.

    That's all you need to do to keep your cat looking great. But remember, beauty starts on the inside, so it's important to feed your cat a quality, balanced diet to keep it looking and feeling its best.