When it comes to grooming, most cats will need some kind of grooming.  The kind of grooming will depend on the hair type of your feline friend.

Brushing Your Cat

Brushing your cat regularly will help reduce the amount of cat hair on your clothes and furniture.  During summer, cats tend to shed more hair and will need more brushing.  Longhaired cats are considered high maintenance and need daily brushing to prevent matting and shedding of their coat.  Most shorthaired cats are low maintenance and only need brushing once a month.  Medium length hair cats will require a weekly brushing to maintain their coats. Hairless cats do not require brushing but need to be bathed regularly. Brushing your cat’s coat not only help improve the health of their coat, but it also allows you to bond with your feline friend.

Bathing Your Cat

We all know that bathing a cat is not for the faint-hearted.  Cats do not like water and bathing a cat can be an unpleasant experience for both owner and cat.  Some cats may need more bathing than others, depending on their coat and lifestyle.  Hairless felines need weekly baths to manage the oil and sweat build-up.  You can wipe the cat’s skin with a washcloth between baths to maintain skin hygiene.  Luckily most hairless cats enjoy baths which is good news for the owner.  However, it is not the case with most of our feline friends and proper preparation is required to make the bathing process more comfortable for both owner and cat.

The key to success is to keep your cat as calm as possible.  Prepare the water beforehand as running water will make your cat uncomfortable.  Make sure the water is shallow and not too hot or cold. As you ease your cat into the water, use a calm and soft voice. Firmly hold the front paws to prevent your cat from jumping around and scratching you.  Do not pour water or shampoo on the cat’s face and rather clean the face with a cloth.  After washing, ensure you rinse your cat thoroughly with clean water to remove all shampoo to prevent build-up on the skin.  To dry your cat, wrap it in a clean and dry towel and dry your cat as much as it will allow you.