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Cat Grooming Basics

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Cats are naturally equipped with a lot of "self-grooming" accessories, like their barbed tongue, forepaws they moisten with saliva and use as a washcloth, and teeth to dig out tougher debris.

But, on occasion, your feline pets may need some human assistance, whether it's for senior or overweight cats. The key is maintenance - a little goes a long way!

Regular brushing not only removes dirt, grease, and dead hair, but it helps to remove skin flakes and stimulates blood circulation - which improves the overall condition of her skin. One or two brushings per week is recommended, and these regular sessions will be more beneficial as your cat ages.

Bathing your kitty may not be necessary with her built-in grooming kit (tongue and teeth). But if she is very dirty or gets into something sticky or smelly, you may need to bathe her. For quick, in-home grooming care, using cat wipes is an option. They reduce airborne allergens and keep pets and owners healthier.

If you are going to bathe your cat, there are a number of safe shampoos to help reduce shedding, decrease dander, and improve your cat's overall health. For those who dare not give their cats a bath, waterless shampoos are also popular solutions, but it’s important to choose a formula specifically designed for felines.

The condition of your cat’s skin is an indication of her overall health, Stacy Mantle of Pet Age explains. "When a skin problem occurs, your cat may respond with excessive scratching, chewing and/or licking. A wide range of causes—from external parasites and allergies to seasonal changes and stress, or a combination of these—may be affecting your cat’s skin and should be investigated. Skin problems are one of the most common reasons pet parents seek veterinary care."

Between 6 and 15 percent of felines have dermatopathy (skin disease), but many of these conditions are easily resolved. Feline acne may be fixed by changing feeding bowls. Other conditions may be due to poor nutrition, hydration, parasites, or more. 
In addition to coat and skin, it's important to keep an eye on your fur-baby's paws, nails, ears, and eyes. If you have any questions or if something irregular is happening, you can always consult your veterinarian or talk to our pet experts at Pets Plus.We offer grooming services in-store for your cats, including a bath or full groom, depending on coat conditions (long hair or short, matted or not). Give Cherie Lynn in the grooming room a call at 941-776-9524.