|Brushing & Bathing
cat needs to be brushed frequently to untangle hair and remove
dead hairs. Short-haired cats should be brushed one or
twice a week, while long-haired cats could require daily brushing
(this will depend on the cat).
should always brush going in the direction of your cat's hair
growth to avoid irritation. I've noticed that a lot of
excess hair collects right above my cats' tails on their backside,
right above their tail, so in this area I will brush going against
the fur to grab out dead hairs first, and then resume my normal
your cat gets tangles, hold the clump of fur closely and firmly
next to the skin. With a flea comb (pictured below), start
at the ends of the fur and brush away from your cat, moving more
into the tangle with each stroke.
with all pet supplies, there are numerous brushes and combs available. Most
range between $3.00-$10.00. You should note that the softer
the brush bristles, the less effective it will be in removing
dead hairs and tangles from your cat's coat, even though it will
result in a nice shine. To remove dead hairs, you should
look for a brush with long pin teeth. Below are two brushes
that I highly recommend both, both sold at most pet stores.
Groom Cat Soft Slicker
Price: $6.99 at Petsmart
brush contains long pins that massage your cat's skin
while sorting through his fur, removing dead hairs. My
cats like the way it feels and will even turn over on
their own mid-brush so that I can get both sides. This
brush leaves their fur feeling silky soft, looking shiny,
and feeling wonderful. Large balls of hair are
easily removed from the pins after grooming.
Groom Cat Flea Comb
Price: $5.99 at Petsmart
to remove fleas from your cat's coat, this comb is also
great for removing tangles. It is also great for
getting into smaller areas, such as around legs. Although
hair needs to be removed from the comb a few times during
grooming (depending on hair length), it is as effective
as the Soft Slicker for removing dead hairs.
often your cat needs to be given a bath is based on the cat. Long-haired
cats naturally require more maintenance, so they will need to
be brushed and washed more frequently.
local pet store will carry cat bathing products, and you can
even use baby shampoo (make sure it's tearless) which has been
said to reduce dander to alleviate human allergies. There
is also wipes and waterless shampoos (which comes in a powder
form) that you can use to clean your cat. I have never
used these so I cannot offer any advice (I prefer to wash my
cats in the traditional way), but this may be an alternative
you'd like to explore.
cats like water while some don't. If you have a feline
that fits into the latter category, you've got a job on your
hands. It if recommended that you find a friend to help
you give the bath - one of you holds the kitty down gently in
the water (a few inches in the bathtub works best since you have
leverage over the frantic feline) while the other pours water
with a cup and washes with the shampoo. Do this gently
but quickly and talk to your cat, telling him how good he is
doing. Make sure you rinse all of the soap out of his fur
- you will end up with a kitty with irritated skin if you don't.
sure when you are done you dry your kitty off as best as you
can with a towel (once again, don't go against the hair growth
since this can be uncomfortable for your cat). You can
even put a hair dryer on low to make the process go faster if
the noise doesn't bother your cat. When you've done what
you can, let him go and be on his own for a while. Catch
him later and finish toweling him off.