When it comes to proper cat hygene, there is some work outside of our cat's natural cleaning habits that we must take into our own hands. Follow these tips and your cat's skin, coat and teeth are sure to be in healthy, tip-top shape.
Although many people don't think it is necessary to brush a short-haired coat, it is important to brush both short and long-haired coats. Long-haired cats should be brushed daily, while short-haired cats only need to be brushed 2-3 times a week.Not only does brushing help remove a majority of the fur that will later end up on your coat, paying close attention to the "outer cat" will aid in detecting any lumps, parasites, or any indication of a potential health problem in general.
Different brushes work best for different types of hair. A pin brush works best for longer, thicker fur while a soft-bristle brush is most effective for long, silky fur. For short coats, a rubber brush is good for removing hair, and a flea comb is good to have if you suspect your cat may have some friends hanging out in it's coat. If your cat's fur becomes matted at any point, be sure to cut the matted areas away with scissors.
Outside of hilarious trending videos on the Internet, there are times it is important to think about bathing your cat. Whether a cat has fleas or even exposed to toxic substances, there are times it is necessary to wash a cat. Although cats are not known for their love of bathing (or water in any form), there are a few things you can do to make this process a bit easier.
Start by brushing your cat before bathing. Once cat fur is wet, it is extremely difficult to brush out, so make sure to get all of those knots out ahead of time. Next step is to make sure you are using shampoo specifically formulated for cats. It is important not to use human shampoo since it can severely dry out your cat's skin and coat. When it comes to washing them, use warm (NOT hot) water. While rinsing, be sure not to get any water or soap in their eyes and ears. Dry off with a towel and, if your cat is willing to comply, a hair dryer on the warm setting (again, NOT hot) can be very effective and give your cat's coat a nice finish.
Dental care is very important for cats. Outside of causing bad breath, bad teeth can actually cause cats to get sick. Start regularly brushing your cat's teeth from a young age in order to make the adjustment process as seamless as possible. Once a day is ideal, but if your cat refuses to comply with brushing, try giving them dry feed and dental treats. Dry food helps clean and remove leftover food from teeth while dental treats help clean the teeth as well, and most cats love them! You can try getting toys for your furry friend specifically designed to help promote dental health, but how much your cat will actually chew on these toys will depend on their personality.
Of course, regular visits to the vet are mandatory to keep your cat's health where it needs to be. And as always, don't forget you give your furry friend their daily Flea Away to keep them flea and tick-free.