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5 Great Cat-Grooming Tips

5 Great Cat-Grooming Tips

Although cats are fastidious groomers, they still shed. Short of shaving your cat, here are some great tips to prevent your home from becoming a giant furball–and to help your kitty stay sleek and hairball-free.

1. For the first grooming session, use a soft-bristled brush. Call your cat in a cheery tone and reward him with a small treat. Start at the tip of the fur and gently work deeper into his coat to prevent the brush from getting trapped in tangles or clumps.

2. Always brush in the direction of your catís coat. Going against the grain can irritate her skin and make her want to flee the scene when she sees you pulling out the grooming supplies.

3. To make cleanup easy, slip a piece of old pantyhose over the head of a brush before grooming. The bristles will poke through, an all you have to do is pull up on the pantyhose to discard the hair.

4. Keep brushes in various places in your house. That way, your cat can be treated to a spur-of-the-moment grooming without your having to hunt for a brush.

5. Use two-sided tape to attach plastic self-grooming combs along the lower corner of wall. These products permit your pet to rub against the plastic bristles and get a grooming any time she desires.

Read more: Pets, Cats, Everyday Pet Care

Adapted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Cat, by Arden Moore (Storey Books, 2000). Copyright (c) 2000 by Arden Moore. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Cat, by Arden Moore (Storey Books, 2000).

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6:54AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Sigh.....cats

10:58AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thank you

3:47PM PST on Dec 1, 2012

No kidding! My too-fat Persian, a rescue kitty, follows me into the bathroom so I can brush her while I'm sitting there, doing "nothing". I can't put her on a diet because she isn't the only cat here. Sometimes there are two, sometimes more. Once she got so matted that my brother took her to the vet to get groomed by a 'professional' -- who shaved her! She wouldn't come out of the bedroom until her hair grew back. It took months!

8:25AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Patty, try the shed monster (Wal-Mart) 8bucks and change and it actually messaged the cats while loosening the shedable under coat. Best tool ever!!!

8:21AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

My current cat would send me to the emergency room if I tried to groom her....

3:00PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

Janis S. You are such a good mom!!

6:17AM PST on Nov 6, 2012

My Rascal Cat is six years old. I have always brushed him and he looks froward to it each morning. It is routine for him. After making my bed in the morning, he is on the floor laying on his back with legs stretched out waiting for his brushing. He seems to get miffed if he doesn't have his morning routine of brushing and bootie wipe. I clean his ears once a week and check his eyes every morning. HE LOVES IT.

8:15AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

"Keep brushes in various places in your house"

Nah.

8:05AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Wonderful ideas! Older or "larger" cats often have a difficult time grooming themselves. The condition of an animals coat can point to many things. As always, before you do anything, have your pet examined by your vet and ask for their advice. Especially if he/she is already being treated for a medical condition. Something as simple as canned food may add the extra moisture to their diet they may need. Ask your vet if there is some type of supplement you could use to help. If your cat doesn't like to be brushed, try a grooming glove. It has the rubber bumps on the palm of the glove that my "trick" you cat into thinking that you are just spending a little extra time petting him/he. A matted coat can be a big problem! As the mats become larger they do pull on the skin and can become painful. If the glove is working the matting will loosen up a little at a time and may cause the least stress for your pet. Brushing he abdomen can be tricky. It may need to be clipped first. Please, please, no one use scissors!! EVER!! Think of how fast your pet can move. They can turn their head much faster than you could ever react to it. You would be heart broken if you accidentally hurt your family member!! Hair clippers are the only thing I would recommend. Always talk with your veterinarian first before you decide to do anything!

4:39AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

My Birman gets really cross and scratches me and sometimes bites. He is 16 now and I think his bones ache so he is just saying leave le alone.

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