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Cat Grooming 101

Cat Grooming 101

If you have a cat, then you’ll know a cat’s grooming habits put even the most glamorous Hollywood star to shame. Skip grooming school and learn how to properly groom your cat from us.

Cats spend a good deal of their waking hours grooming themselves. Of course, even with their natural skills, cats can benefit from a little human help every now and then.


Regardless whether you have a fancy cat like a Persian or a regular ol’ Shorthair, cats require hair brushing, not only to remove tangles, burs and dander, but to remove that extra hair your cat keeps leaving you in the form of hairballs. To be effective, brushing should be a daily routine for you and your cat. There are plenty of different tools on the market — brushes, combs, gloves, etc. — so choose wisely and ask your friends what works best with their cats.

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Nail clipping is also important for cats, especially indoor cats. It is best to get your cat used to it while it’s young, but it really is never too late to start. If you’re new at nail clipping, get advice from your vet on how to do it properly without injuring your cat. And if you just don’t feel comfortable clipping your own cat’s nails, that’s fine. Just get your vet to do it on those regular wellness checks, or have a cat groomer do it for you.

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What cat home beauty salon would be complete without a full dental workstation? No, we’re not talking about using abrasive teeth whitening pastes to give your cat that brilliant red carpet smile, but a little teeth brushing can go a long way. It removes plaque and tartar buildup and is a great way to monitor the cat’s dental health. There are quite a variety of toothbrushes made specifically for cats, along with flavored cat toothpaste. Just make sure to never use human toothpaste on your cat.


Some might say cats and water just do not mix. In this case, we’ve got to disagree — it’s necessary for little kitty to get a wash, even if it’s just once in awhile. But be ready for a fight, the claws and fangs may even make an appearance. Use cat-specific shampoo and recruit a family member or friend to hold the cat down while you do the washing. Having trouble? Don’t fret. This duty can also be left to the expertise of a professional.


Whether you go for the budget grooming at home or splurge on a professional groomer, there is one thing for certain, your cat will look bright and shiny at the end of the process.

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2:11AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

Where we used to live, our cats were inside/outside cats. They would pick up fleas so we gave them flea baths.
We moved here 18 years ago and they are inside only cats, and do NOT get fleas so they don't need baths!

9:44AM PDT on Aug 21, 2013


6:12AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

We used to bath our cats many years ago but now let them take care of themselves as they do such a good job on their own.

5:41AM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

9:59AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

I bathed our sick kitty who due to the illness needed soaking and bathing...but I agree with those who use the wipes...if that will do the job, it is a lot less traumatic.

9:24PM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

I have never washed my cat...she'd fight tooth and nail and I would lose!! ..but thankfully she really likes being brushed and I enjoy brushing her :)

9:36PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

I once tried to give my cat a bath because his backside was very dirty, and while I more or less succeeded in getting him clean, he sulked and avoided me for 2 or 3 days. He eventually got over it, but now I get special kitty wipes at PETCO which more or less does the job without dunking the cat in water.

7:09PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

One of my cats has very long fur which he has a tendency to drag through the litter box, so he needs an occasional wash, which he does not enjoy. They don't seem to mind brushing too much though, but one of them thinks it is a game and tries to catch the brush. I have considered nail clipping but I am not sure if i could do it myself or should get an experienced groomer to take care of it.

9:32PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

good cat actually likes being brushed even though I never gave my cat a bath.

6:51PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

Thanks good info

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