Your cat is your best friend, but she isn’t so nice when you have to deal with shedding cat hair all over the place! Paying to bring your cat to the groomer every few weeks or so can be an expensive venture considering in 2015 $5.41 billion was spent on pet grooming and boarding alone! Here are some tips you should follow to easily and effectively groom your feline friend from the comforts of your own home.
The first step to follow is to get your cat accustomed to being groomed. Spend a few minutes every day brushing her and increase the frequency once she gets used to the feeling of the brush. Make sure to get in the habit of petting every part of your cat, from her head, ears, tails, belly, and especially feet!
Next, it is important to invest in quality supplies. It is best to get products that are as natural as possible, as you don’t want yucky pesticides harming your pet’s skin! Your best bet is to buy all natural pet products, including all natural pet shampoo and conditioners. You will need to determine what kind of pet shampoo to buy based off of her skin. If she has dry skin, itchy skin, or any other cat skin allergies, you can find a pet shampoo to fit her needs!
If your cat has short hair, she only needs to be brushed about once a week. First take a metal comb and work through her fur from head to tail. Then, use a bristle or rubber brush to remove dead and loose hair, and be extra gentle towards her belly!
If your feline friend is of the long hair variety, you should brush her every day. Starting with her belly and legs, go through and untangle any knots first. Next, brush her fur in an upward motion with a bristle or rubber brush, and end by parting her tail in the middle and focusing on each section separately.
Grooming at home will keep your pet happy and healthy and away from the vet! The average veterinary visit for a cat is $193, and cat skin swelling represents almost a third of all skin cases looked at by a vet. You can easily prevent this and save money by spending quality time with your cat and paying attention to her fur and skin.
Soon enough, she will be the cats meow!