The words “cat” and “independent” go hand-in-hand. And, when it comes to grooming, most cat owners let their feline friends take care of that themselves. While cats can certainly be lower maintenance than dogs, they do still require some help with their hygiene. Hometown Veterinary Clinic has a few tips on how to keep your cat looking her best. Do you have questions regarding bathing? Please contact us!

Start slowly

With any cat, it’s important to ease into the grooming process. Wait until your cat is calm and relaxed, and then groom them for a few minutes. Use plenty of praise, petting, and kitty treats throughout the grooming session, and watch for signs of unhappiness. If your cat starts to act irritated, stop grooming. In time, they will get used to being groomed, heck they might even start to like it!

Brush your cat

Whether your cat has short hair or long hair, it’s a good idea to brush it regularly. Shorthaired cats can be brushed once or twice per week with a fine-tooth comb first, and then a rubber brush to remove dead hair. Longhaired cats might require daily brushing with a wide-tooth comb first, and then a wire or bristle brush to remove dead hair. Remember to always brush the hair in the direction it naturally lays.

Trim your cat’s claws

Before you attempt to trim your cat’s claws, spend a few minutes each day getting them comfortable with their feet being handled. You can “massage” them and gently press the toepad until the claw extends. Once they are accustomed to that (after about a week), grab a quality pair of nail trimmers and cut parallel to the flat of the claw, being careful to avoid the quick.

Bathe your cat

Yes, sometimes even a cat needs a bath. It doesn’t happen often, but if you ever need to bathe your cat, it’s good to know how to do it without getting your face clawed off (it’s a good idea to trim the cat’s nails before you bathe them). Fill up a sink or tub with about 3 inches of warm water. Be sure to use a shampoo that’s specifically made for cats. Avoid spraying or pouring water directly on your cat’s head. Slowly get them wet and rub in and rinse out the shampoo.

These tips should help bathing your feline with ease! Questions about grooming your feline friend? Contact us today!.