dogs, cats tediously clean their coats from head to toe. They are
experts at cleaning themselves and love keeping their coats spotless
and tidy. It’s one of their main hobbies. But what happens when
your cat’s self-grooming becomes a problem?
Sometimes, cats will stop grooming themselves out of nowhere, and you may suddenly notice that your cat constantly has dirty feet or doesn’t smell very good. You may wonder why this is happening, and what you can do to help.
Why Your Cat May Not Be Grooming Themselves
it may be alarming when your cat stops grooming itself, it’s
important to make sure to assess the situation to determine the
cause, and then you can take appropriate action. A visit or call with
the veterinarian is always a good idea, so that you can get a
professional eye on the situation.
Senior cats have special grooming needs. Just like people, cats have issues as they age, and their grooming is affected by it. They have physical changes, like arthritis and overgrown claws and are more prone to dental disease. Senior cats often clean themselves less often or even completely stop, which results in odor, hair matting, and other issues.
cat is ill.
a cat has fallen ill or is in pain of any kind, it may be less
interested in grooming itself. When a cat is ill, they have
detectable changes in habits, such as increased sleeping, eating
less, or a change in litter box use. If a cat has gum disease, you
will be able to see tooth decay or smell bad breath. Gum disease
makes grooming uncomfortable, which can result in grooming less or
not at all. Your cat may also have a bone or joint disorder that
causes them to ignore certain spots.
you’ve kept an eye on your cat’s behavioral changes for a while,
contact your vet with your results and see what you need to do next.
cat is overweight.
you know how much your cat weighs? When a cat is overweight, it can
have trouble reaching certain parts of its body and may stop
attempting to groom these areas anymore. If you need to get your cat
weighed to help determine if this is the cause of their grooming
issues, contact your vet to make an appointment.
In any case, a cat’s weight can be controlled by switching to a healthier food and controlling portions. This can help ease their grooming issues and get them back in shape.
cat may have never learned.
Some cats have grooming issues from the start of life. When separated with their mother too early, they may have not developed the skills to properly groom themselves throughout life. In this case, you’ll likely need to help with your cat’s grooming regularly, but they may catch on as you do so.
Summary: When cats stop grooming themselves, there are a few common reasons. It may be because you have a senior cat, or your cat might be ill. It also may be because your cat is overweight, or they may have never learned how to groom themselves properly as a kitten. In any case, it’s a great idea to take your cat to the vet for a medical analysis.
How To Help Your Cat With Grooming
is a great for your cat, if your cat is having grooming problems or
if they’re not. You’ll be able to spot any fleas or ticks that
might be present and get a closer look at the coat to detect any
or regular brushing of your cat’s hair can help eliminate matting,
which can make your cat uncomfortable. It will help new hair growth
and help bring back your cat’s natural skin oils. Your cat may
really enjoy the feeling of being brushed
When your cat’s nails are trimmed, they are free from pain and discomfort of overgrown nails, just like people. Since most house cats don’t run around on concrete daily, your cat won’t wear its own nails out, so owners can easily help with grooming in this area.
To keep infections at bay, regularly wash your cat’s ears with ear cleaner, which helps clear out any buildup and sanitize inner ears. In addition, you’ll keep them free from ear mites, which can be a recurring problem in some cats.
Schedule A Vet Visit
your cat is having trouble grooming on a regular basis, there may be
an underlying issue at hand that needs to be dealt with by your vet.
You can get a plan for getting your pet back to good health, and you
can have peace of mind knowing that your cat is getting any major
issue at hand taken care of.
Summary: There are many ways that you can help a cat that is having trouble grooming themselves, including bathing them, brushing their coat regularly, trimming their nails, washing their ears, and scheduling a vet visit.
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home in our salon.
only will we expertly and efficiently groom your cat, we’ll also
help you detect any problems that we see during the service, and the
service will take only two hours or less.
you’d like your cat to receive our bath service, our bath with tidy
up service, our bath with a haircut and style service, or any of our
additional services, your precious feline will feel refreshed and
better than ever after our visit.
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Let Us Help Your Cat With Grooming Today
salon is open 7 days/week from 8 am to 5 pm to fit your busy
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of your home, call 310-784-0566, or to set up a salon grooming
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anytime! We look forward to serving you and your cat.
I don’t know about you, but swimming with sharks or cliff jumping sounds less dangerous than attempting to bathe and groom a cat. All of you cat lovers out there can understand what I’m talking about.
Besides, cats groom themselves right? Why even bother going through the trouble? Though they are relatively clean and low maintenance, even cats get the point where a sandpaper tongue just isn’t going to cut it.
When that time comes, you’ll need to be ready. With the right environment and procedures, cat grooming doesn’t have to be a horrible experience.
Keep reading while I highlight four essential cat grooming tips.
Trim The Claws
This is probably the most important tip depending on how well equipped you are at handling pain. If you don’t want to get badly scratched, trimming the claws is essential.
The cat will handle this better if its something that you have done consistently from an early age, however, if that is not the case, an older cat still will have the ability to grow accustomed to this process.
The idea is to be firm and calm. Grip the cat between your legs for stability and press down onto the pad of his or her paw. After the claws are exposed, use a special nail trimmer to quickly cut off the top part of the claw (the clear curved part).
The Correct Way To Brush
After the claws are sufficiently clipped, and you feel a little less endangered, it is time to brush the cat.
Our tip? Make sure that you brush your cat the same way you would pet it. Try to keep the motions and pressure the same and a firm hand. Be persistent and gentle, because a cats skin is very sensitive.
If your cat is getting too irritable, take a break. You want to ensure a positive experience to help with future grooming.
Stress-Free Bath Time
The moment we all have been dreading, the most stressful part of cat grooming (for both the cat AND you). Bath Time.
Bathing a cat is very important, especially for older or injured cats who aren’t as capable of cleaning themselves.
What do we suggest? Allow your cat to have as much control as possible.
1. Never immerse them completely in water. It’s better to pour warm water over the cat.
2. Place a mat or an old towel underneath them so they can have stability and grip.
3. Be gentle but firm, its probably a good idea to do this with another person who can hold onto the cat while you wash him or her.
Cleaning The Ears And Eyes
The biggest advice would be to use a cotton ball, never a swabbing stick. A stick might injure the eyes or ears if your cat jerks away while wiping excess wax or eye residue.
Again, restrain the cat firmly but remain calm and gentle. The cat will feed off of your energy.
Cat Grooming Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult
Owning a cat is a pretty low maintenance job. They are usually independent, tidy and can take care of themselves.
However, just like our human companions, it never hurts to have a little help. If you remember those simple tips, you can make your grooming experience simple and stress-free.
Still not sure you want to go through the process? Check out our cat grooming services at Lucky Dawg Salon. Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions regarding the ins and outs of cat grooming.
It’s no secret that cats love to groom themselves but this doesn’t mean you’re off cat grooming duties. With so many cat grooming tools and products out there, you might be wondering, “what do I need and how do I pick the right one?” Today we’ll tell you just that.
Top 5 Cat Grooming Tools Every Cat Owner Should Have
When grooming our cats, there’s a lot more to pay attention to than just hair. We also need to make sure their eyes and ears are clean and their nails are trimmed.
1. Hair Care
A good hairbrush for cats is one that can brush off hair that’s lying on top of the cat’s coat and underneath it. The FURminator is a crowd favorite because it has sturdy, metal teeth that are spaced just far enough to grab hair but not too far that it can still hold and bring out all of the cat’s hair. It also comes in various sizes and lengths for different types of cats. Brush your cat regularly for fewer hairballs.
2. Nail Care
Trimming a cat’s nails is not an easy task but it can be done as long as you have the right tools and follow the right directions. The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a cat nail trimmer is to make sure it has strong and sharp blades. Dull blades can crush or crack nails. Whichever one you choose, make sure it doesn’t scare your cat otherwise they will not sit still for it.
3. Teeth Care
Veterinarians recommend brushing your cat’s teeth daily to prevent plaque buildup, tartar, and gum inflammation. Pick out a toothbrush with strong bristles and a toothpaste they like. We recommend a finger toothbrush or a toothbrush with a shorter handle for better control and toothpaste that is seafood or poultry scented to entice them.
4. Eye and Ear Care
A cat’s eyes and ears can get infected if they are not cleaned regularly. If you live in a particularly humid environment or your cat goes out when it rains, their ears can get infected. To help clean them, we recommend using a good ear cleaner and wipes regularly to wipe away dirt, dander, and loose hair that can get trapped inside their eyes and ears.
5. Bathing Care
Yes, it’s true, most cats do not like taking baths but not all. If your cat doesn’t mind water, dilute a gentle soap made for cats in lukewarm water and rinse their hair slowly. If your cat is not the biggest fan, being patient and taking things slowly will help the process.
A Healthy Cat Is A Happy Cat
There you have it, these are the top 5 cat grooming tools every cat owner should have. We hope you’ll use them to keep them clean in between professional grooming appointments.
If you would like more professional tips on how to groom and clean your cat, be sure to check out our blog!
You have your new kitten and you are ready to give them a bath. Where do you start and how do you make it enjoyable for both of you? While giving them a bath can be a lot of work, giving them a bath is an excellent way to bond with your new fur baby.
It’s a way to tell them you care for them. After all, they’re depended on you to show them how to fend for themselves and upkeep their cleanliness.
We understand if you’re nervous about how to bathe a kitten. That’s why we’ll go over everything that’s needed and everything that needs to be done to keep you and your kitty calm through the process.
Ready to find out the steps?
Let’s get into it!
Before you grab your kitten and take them straight to the bathing area, there are a few items that are necessary. Here’s a brief list.
Soft towel (hand towels work best)
Kitten or baby shampoo
Once you’ve gathered the supplies, it’s time to move your kitten into the bath. Sinks are the ideal place as your fur baby is too small to be bathed in a bathtub.
How to Bathe a Kitten
Before you begin the process, make sure you’re calm. Being nervous or anxious will make it unpleasant for both you and your kitten. Remember that cats can sense our emotions.
Let’s go through the necessary steps to ensure your kitty is calm and gets clean.
Test the Water
Just because you like to take hot showers doesn’t mean your kitten will like the hot water too. Lukewarm temperature is best as it’ll prevent scolding. Think of your kitten like a baby–their skin is very sensitive.
If you have a drain stopper, you can place that in the drain. Fill it up just enough to submerge your kitten’s paws.
They may cry at first but if they don’t seem to be struggling to get out of the water, you can proceed. The key is to make sure your kitten is calm when exposed to water.
If they’re having trouble, get them in a calm state and return to the bathing area when you think they’re ready.
Moving on, use the cup to gently pour water all over your kitten. Do it gently and avoid getting water in his/her face.
Now that your kitty is soaked, it’s time to add the shampoo. A gentle formula is usually best but you can substitute kitten shampoo for natural baby shampoo if need be.
Apply the soap and gently massage it into their fur. Avoid getting soap in your kitty’s eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.
Once they’re all sudsy, you can wash off the bubbles using the cup again.
After the bath, your kitten is cold. Wrap them up gently in the towel.
Be sure to dry off their face, ears, and eyes to ensure no water gets in there. Give them a treat to let them know how good they were and that a bath is nothing to be afraid of.
Knowing how to bathe a kitten doesn’t come easy at first. After time, you and your furry friend will come to enjoy this time together. Being prepared with useful tips will make the process that much more enjoyable.
If you decide you would rather leave the bathing to our team of professional groomers, schedule and appointment for a salon grooming session or set up a mobile pet grooming session and we’ll come directly to you!
Many pet owners are torn as to whether or not they should trim their cat’s nails. They don’t want their furniture to get torn up, nor do they want to leave their cat defenseless.
If you’re not sure if it’s a good idea or not keep reading for the top reasons why you should trim your cat’s nails.
Protects You and Your Family
Have you ever been scratched by a cat? It can be very painful, especially if they have sharp claws. If a child gets scratched by a cat, it can be a traumatic experience if it’s very painful.
A cat scratch that draws blood, even a little bit, could lead to infection. Yes, cat scratch fever isn’t just a song, it’s an actual disease that can linger for about 2 weeks.
That’s because cats use a litter box, which can be full of bacteria. Outdoor cats can pick up bacteria as well.
Save Your Furniture
You may already know how you can manage your cat’s shedding to protect your furniture.
Yet, you may not have been able to save your furniture from cat scratching. That’s true even if you have a number of scratching posts for the cat to play with.
Scratching is normal behavior for cats, so it would be hard to get them to stop. You can protect your furniture and your carpets by trimming their nails.
Claw Trimming Can Protect Your Cat
Since cats normally have their claws retracted, it can be difficult for you to spot issues like ingrown nails or a torn nail. These and other nail and paw issues can be the result of a more serious disease.
Infections, cancer, and congenital defects can also cause nail and paw issues in cats.
Regularly trimming your cat’s nails, you can spot potential issues and have your veterinarian address them.
Not only that but if your cat is arthritic or older, you should have your cat’s nails trimmed.
Arthritic cats aren’t as active, and their claws can get overgrown. As cats get older, their nails can become brittle and break.
These conditions could lead to health issues such as nail and paw problems for your cat.
Alternative to Declawing
It used to be that many people would turn to declawing their cats if they were scratching too much, even though it’s normal cat behavior. The problem with declawing is that there could be pain and complications for the cat.
Instead of resorting to a painful procedure, you can just have your cat’s nails trimmed.
Ready to Trim Your Cat’s Nails?
There are several reasons why it’s a good idea to trim your cat’s nails. You can protect yourself, your family and most importantly, your cat from harm.
If trimming your cat’s nails makes you nervous, we’re here to help. We provide mobile grooming services, or you can stop by our salon to have a professional take care of your cat.
Anyone who owns a cat knows the disgusting digestive phenomenon known as the hairball.
According to PetMD.com, brushing your cat is one of the best ways to prevent hairballs.
Kitties can be fickle, though, and fight you when it comes to brushing. But, if your cat likes petting, they will probably like being brushed if you approach it the right way. Here are some practical do’s and don’ts on how to brush your cat.
Brush Your Cat With The Right Brush
There are different brushes and combs for cats with long hair versus short hair. The cost is relatively the same, so it’s worth it to select the correct brush for your cat’s coat.
If your cat is afraid of the brush, you may have to use a dry washcloth for a few sessions to get them used to the routine. When you introduce the brush, use gentle strokes.
Eventually, your cat should permit you to brush with a bit more pressure.
Wait Until Your Cat Relaxes
If your cat is feeling playful or has just spent an hour window-hunting squirrels on the lawn, hold off on brushing. Wait until they settle. After a nap is an ideal time.
If you have other pets, it may help to put them in another room while you brush your cat.
Use gentle strokes when you begin. You don’t want to add a lot of pressure until you know where your cat’s favorite spots are. Begin with an area of the body your cat likes you to pet. If they like you to scratch behind their ears, then gently brush your cat there first.
Give Post-Brushing Treats
Give your kitty a treat right after you finish brushing. This associates brushing with attention and rewards. After all, brushing is one on one time with their person.
It just may take a few treats to help them adjust to the presence of the brush.
Do NOT Assume Your Cat’s Self-Grooming Enough
True, cats are fastidious about grooming. Though they still need to be brushed. Older cats especially need brushing to alleviate the excess hair. Older cats have a harder time keeping themselves clean.
If you can, brush your long-haired cat one or two times each day. For short hair, one to three times per week will do it. Brush more often during shedding season.
Do NOT Brush Against the Direction of the Coat
Many say you should brush in the opposite direction of the fur to get the most hair. All that does is pull the fur out.
Your cat won’t take kindly to having their hair pulled any more than you would. Brushing against the fur may earn you a claw swipe or even a bite.
Do NOT Try and Remove Tough Mats
If you find a mat right away, light brushing will loosen it. Though, deep mats are firmly embedded. The last thing you want to do is rip them off your cat.
Not only will you hurt them, but you will lose their trust. If you aren’t comfortable clipping the mats off yourself, take your cat to the groomer.
Brush your cat regularly to keep them cleaner, but also to improve their health. You can better monitor for flees and other problems you may miss otherwise.
And, regular brushing means your cat will swallow less hair, which will help keep the nasty hairballs under control, and OFF your carpet.
If you have any other cat grooming questions, please contact us.