Just recently I was in a customer service line and the person behind me tapped me on the shoulder. A bit confused I turned around and gave her an inquiring look- ‘Oh, I was just wondering what kind of cat you have?’ was her response. Oh how embaressing! I knew I had a bit of hair on me, but not enough to promp such a bold question! I have compiled a list of helpful grooming neccesities to help you avoid ending up in my shoes.
Top 5 Items
•Fine tooth comb
It is really important to keep your cats nails trimmed to keep your cats scratching down and for your sanity. A weekly nail trim helps keep the maintenance minimal for you (and your furniture will thank you!)
Depending on the type of fur your cat has, there are a variety of brushes. Obviously you would not use a brush meant for long tangles on your short haired tabby (you risk scratching the skin and hurting the poor guy!)
A bristle brush helps maintain the general health of the coat (really just helping out the cats natural grooming tool- their tongue!) it helps keep the undercoat clear of mats and clears the dead fur out.
Fine Tooth Comb-
This is really a situational tool, when there are mats in your cats coat then you can gently get them apart with the comb. I found that if you have a flea problem the fine tooth comb is an excellent way to clean the dead fleas and their waste off your friend!
Some people feel that their cats teeth need a bit of brushing, which I agree with. Unless they are active chewers cats have a tendency to have a buildup of plaque and tarter- which can create an expensive vet visit! Also leads to clean kitty breath (always a plus!)
These wipes are an amazing tool because the are simply a waterless bath. If you have an outdoor car they may come home covered in dirt- but who wants to give their cat daily baths? Instead just give them a wipe down and you are good to go!
Daily grooming (even a simple brush down) is important because it helps you get to know your cat. If suddenly one day it seems one paw seems tender as you try to clip their nails or a sore appears as you are brushing them- it means you can contact a vet much sooner than if you had not set aside a bit of you and kitty time!