Your favourite feline’s long, luscious mane is a thing of beauty – but it doesn’t look after itself!
Keeping your cat’s coat in tip-top condition is important for their health and well-being. So read on to find out how to groom your long-haired cat from expert vet Dr Corinne.
Grooming plays a big part in the overall health and well-being of every cat. Brushing your cat’s fur:
Long-haired cats need even more TLC as they struggle to keep up with all that grooming of themselves. You’ll need to brush them at least two to three times a week to help maintain that fabulous fur.
Without regular brushing, your feline’s fur can become matted and uncomfortable. This is especially true of those warmer months when matted fur can trap warm air on your cat’s skin. Matted fur is painful and creates sores by pulling on the skin underneath.
Regularly grooming your cat to remove loose hairs can help to reduce shedding around the house.
But there are also other reasons why your cat might have lots of shedding:
With a bit of patience and the right tools, you can give your feline’s majestic mane a successful grooming session at home.
Step 1 – Gather your grooming tools
You’ll need to gather:
Step 2 – Make things calm for your cat
Your cat can pick up on stress, so make sure everything is calm and relaxed before you begin.
Step 3 – Start slowly and gently
It’s important to brush in the direction of hair growth and take extra care around sensitive areas like the belly and chest.
Step 4 – Tackle matting with care
A few extra things to note about grooming:
A cat who shows distress when being brushed could be a sign that they’re in pain. Take them to the vet and they can check for any health issues.
Not all cats will take to being brushed straight away, and that’s OK.
Vets can prescribe anti-anxiety medication which may allow you to then groom your cat at home. So this can be something to look into if you’re struggling.
Over-grooming happens when your cat starts to excessively groom themselves. You might notice:
Cats can overgroom anywhere on their body but the most common spots are the belly, legs, and thighs.
Over-grooming can be a common symptom of stress in cats. Always speak to your vet first to make sure no medical problems are causing the behaviour.
Once this has been ruled out, a qualified feline behaviourist can discover if there’s a social or environmental stress affecting your cat.
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