Even Short-Haired Cats Need Grooming
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If you have a long-haired cat then you’re probably very familiar with the routine of brushing his coat. Many breeds of long-haired cats must have their coats groomed daily in order to prevent matting. But what about short-haired cats? Well, even though their coats don’t mat, a regular grooming schedule will benefit them. If you brush your cat’s fur at least a couple of times a week you can remove dead hair which will reduce the amount of fur kitty may ingest during self-grooming. It also cuts down on the amount of hair left in your environment.
Grooming also provides you with an opportunity to do a mini health check. As you brush your cat’s body you can check for any signs of lumps, bumps, external parasites or anything else that doesn’t feel right.
The time you spend grooming is also a wonderful opportunity for bonding. Many cats enjoy the gentle massage of a soft brush. But what if you have a cat who views grooming as the absolute last thing he wants to have done? If that’s the case, chances are his past experience with being groomed has been negative. You’ll have to work on changing his association with grooming. Start by just placing the brush near him and let him sniff if. Give him a treat when he sniffs it or goes near it. Work up to being able to brush him with one stroke and then offer a treat. If he really dislikes the brush, purchase a grooming glove at your local pet product store. This can be a good way to work up to being able to use the brush.
If you make the grooming session pleasant and quick, your cat will be more receptive to it.
Does your cat like to be brushed?