Cats typically take care of daily grooming by themselves. If you’ve ever seen a cat lying in the sun grooming, it can be quite calming to observe their meticulous routine. Cats instinctively groom themselves to banish any odors that may be noticed by other animals, especially predators. Cats are also able to maintain a healthy-looking coat by daily grooming and distributing natural oils to keep their coats clean and shiny.
The Benefits and Importance of Cat Grooming
While cats do a good job with basic grooming on their own, there are a number of grooming-related items they need help with. These include:
- A weekly flea check
- Noticing mats in your cat’s fur before they become unmanageable
- Attending to any dermatological problems by scheduling a vet appointment
- Keeping tabs on whether your cat has gained or lost weight
- Checking to make sure your cat’s nails are trimmed
Brushing is also a positive way to interact with your cat. Once a week while brushing, be sure to look for irregularities of the skin. If you notice irregularities or have questions, we encourage you to schedule a veterinary appointment.
Cat Grooming Services Offered at GoodVets
For cats who need some extra grooming care, we offer the following veterinary grooming services:
- Ear cleaning
- Cleaning soiled fur to reduce odors
- Trimming nails
- Medical bathing treatments
- Thorough brushing, especially for long-haired cats who are prone to fur matting
- Aromatherapy services to reduce stress
From a veterinary perspective, cat bathing is rarely recommended and typically cats don’t require baths. Some cats can become stressed by bathing. Typically, the only time you may need to bathe your cat is if he or she gets into something that has to be promptly removed from the fur. If this is the case, here is what we suggest:
- Use a mild shampoo
- Keep the water temperature warm, not hot or cold
- Perform the bathing in a small area to minimize opportunities for your cat to run off
- Before getting started, know how to handle your cat properly
If dermatological conditions arise, then bathing with a prescribed cleanser may be recommended.
Cat Claw Trimming
Trimming your cat’s claws can be challenging. It's important to be informed before you begin to ensure that you're trimming your cat's nails in the best, safest manner possible. Watch an instructional video to learn how to hold your cat comfortably while following a step-by-step procedure that will get the job done quickly without causing undue stress to your cat. You may use specialized cat nail clippers, but it's most important to understand that much of what looks like your cat’s nail actually contains the “quick” that supplies blood to the nail. As your cat’s nail gets longer, so does the quick. This is why trimming longer nails typically results in bleeding. However, as the tip of the nail is trimmed, the quick will recede. Therefore, proper trimming of a cat’s nails involves trimming the very tip of the nail and then waiting a few days for the quick to recede, then trimming the very tip of the nail again. This can be repeated several times on longer nails until the quick has receded enough that you are able to trim the nail to the proper length. Even once you understand the procedure for trimming your cat’s nails, the trickiest part may be simply handling your cat in a way that will limit your cat's anxiety and reduce the number of scratches you earn. When in doubt, cat claw trimming is a task best left to professionals.
Cat Hair Cuts
Most veterinarians typically do not recommend cutting your cat’s fur. For some long-haired breeds whose fur becomes matted or tangled, those tangles may need to be cut out. A few hairstyles such as the “lion’s cut” have become popular among owners of long-haired cats, but those cuts require trimmers that can make cats very uneasy, startled and unnecessarily traumatized. Styling is best left in the hands of professionals.
Full-Service Cat Groomer
Full-service cat grooming packages include:
- A certified cat groomer who can handle your cat properly
- Bath and brush
- Ear cleaning
- Nail trim
- Cat hair cut by a professional groomer
Tips For Bathing, Nail Clipping, Hair Cutting and Combing at Home
- Cats who have long hair need to be combed more often than short-haired cats. Try to comb your cat’s fur at least a couple times per week.
- Keep your cat’s nails trimmed for their comfort and to protect yourself from being scratched. It’s best to leave nail clipping to a professional.
- If you notice your cat itching, biting or developing skin conditions such as bumps, rashes, fur loss, scaly dry skin or any other dermatological condition, make a veterinary appointment right away.
If your cat is not keeping up with grooming or you notice anything unusual on his or her skin, make a veterinary appointment today. Our staff is available to take your call and find out what's causing your cat grooming issues.