Posted 9th Aug 2016 by Peter Byrne
Think cat grooming is a chore? Think again...
Whether your cat is a long-haired or short-haired variety, you should be grooming regularly. A frequent brushing will cut down on the chance of shedding hairs around the house and prevent ingestion when they are grooming themselves.
Remember: The best time to start grooming is when your cat is a kitten, as this will enable them to get used to the process and prevent kicking and squirming further down the line.
A lack of grooming can result in tangles and mats developing which will pull and tear the cat's skin, causing discomfort. In more severe instances, these mats could even make it difficult for them to walk. Other negative effects can follow as well. Not only does it present fleas with the perfect breeding ground, but it will also give cats an area that they can chew or tear at, resulting in ripped skin.
As if that was not enough of an incentive to groom, you should remember that brushing regularly will keep a shiny coat. Helping to address tangles, it will also redistribute the natural oils that are essential in maintaining skin and coat health. Grooming will also let you keep an eye out for irritants like fleas and ticks. And as if this wasn't enough, brushing will also help to develop a bond between you and your feline friend.
You'd be surprised as well - grooming doesn't take anywhere near as long as you think it will - even if you have a long-haired cat, this should only take a few minutes. If you have a shorthair cat you can even get away with doing it a couple of times a week.
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