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Grooming Your Cat

Catherine Forman

In case you haven't noticed, your cat is a grooming professional. Cats spend much of their time cleaning themselves! However, if you have a longhaired cat or an older cat, they may need a little help with grooming. You can groom any cat in your family, whether they need it or not. It is a good bonding experience and can help remove loose hair that would otherwise end up on your furniture and clothes.

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You want to pick a time when your cat is relaxed, and make sure you have everything you need at hand. A towel for your lap will keep the hair off you. A variety of brushes are available; the type you use will depend on your cat's coat and preference. Some shorthaired or hairless cats like rubber-bristled brushes or soft-bristled natural brushes. A longer haired cat will require a long toothed metal comb for working out tangles.

Before you start brushing, just stroke your cat in the direction the fur grows to relax him. Start with a stiff-bristled brush or comb to loosen dead hair and dirt and always brush in the direction of the lie. Be gentle around the ears, armpits, and groin, as they are extra sensitive. In longhaired cats, these areas are prone to matting and may need extra attention.

You can use a touch of talcum powder on your longhaired cat's coat. The coat tends to pick up dirt and debris, and the powder will help absorb excess grease and dirt. The powder will be brushed out as you go.

If you aren't sure what type of comb your cat will like, try it on yourself first! If it hurts your scalp, it will probably hurt your cat. If it doesn't feel sharp on your head, it should be fine for your cat.

Finish off your grooming session with a stroke. You will feel your happy cat purr!

Longhaired cats will need frequent grooming, daily brushing in the case of super longhaired cats like Persians. Shorthaired cats won't need grooming as frequently, but the more you do it, the more used to it your cat will be.

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June 13, 20140 found this helpful

All good, except for the idea of using talcum powder, which is harmful for both us and our pets to breathe. I would substitute a little corn starch instead.

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