Grooming is very important for maintaining the hygiene of your cat, keeping it in the best of health. You should make it a habit to groom your cat regularly to ensure that it does not fall ill from preventable reasons. A complete grooming regimen includes bathing, combing or brushing it’s fur, trimming it’s nails, brushing it’s teeth and cleaning it’s ears and eyes. These do not have to be done all in one grooming session. You should keep the sessions short and frequent, so your cat gets used to them and doesn’t get fidgety while going through them.
Place your cat in a tub with it’s paws hooked on the sides and put cotton balls inside it’s ears. Wet your cat with warm water and use shampoo all over it’s body, avoiding the face. Rinse off with warm water and shampoo again. After the second rinse, rub a conditioner through it’s hair; leave on 1 minute and rinse thoroughly.
Always be sure to thoroughly rinse off any shampoo or conditioner residue. Using your hands, squeeze out the water from your cat’s hair and then wrap your pet in a towel. Pat with the towel and remove the cotton balls from it’s ears. Setting your blow dryer on the lowest setting, use it to dry your cat’s hair. After most of the dampness has gone away, comb or brush your cat’s hair as you finish drying it.
Brushing & Combing
You should brush your cat regularly, especially if it has long hair. This will help prevent tangled hair as well as hairballs. Be sure to follow the direction of your cat’s hair, as going against the grain can irritate your cat’s skin. After brushing, move a wide-toothed comb through your pet’s hair.
Your cat’s nails need to be trimmed regularly to help it walk more easily. When cutting the nail, press under the pad of your cat’s paw, making the nail come out. Always cut the tip of the nail only and stay away from the pink vein, (quick), which is sensitive and will hurt your pet if cut.
To clean your cat’s teeth, wet a clean cloth with water and dip it in baking soda. Rub the cloth on it’s teeth being sure to do so gently or you may hurt your pet. This will clean your cat’s teeth, gums and mouth and help ensure that it remains healthy.
After you have bathed your cat, use clean cotton balls to remove dirt from it’s ears. Gently fold it’s ear and then wipe it with a cotton ball, being sure to clean the folds as well. If you should find the ear debris to be crusty looking, foul smelling, or in excess, it is advisable to consult your veterinarian.
Dissolve 1/8 teaspoon salt (sodium chloride or sea salt) in 1/2 cup of boiling water. Allow the solution to come to room temperature. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for at least one week before using it to clean your cat’s eyes. To use: heat the solution to lukewarm, dip a clean cotton ball in it and wipe the eye area.