Tips For Brushing Your Cat

September is Happy Cat Month! Of course, our feline pals deserve to feel happy, healthy, loved, and pampered every month. One small thing you can do to keep your furball comfy and content is groom her regularly. Kitties are naturally very clean—which is one of the best things about them—but they can still use a little help here. Read on as a London, ON vet offers some advice on brushing your furry buddy.

Start Young

If your furry friend is still a kitten, get her used to being brushed now, while she’s still little. You’ll thank yourself later!

Brush Longhaired Cats Daily

Most shorthaired cats will be fine getting brushed about once a week or so, though Fluffy will need more attention during shedding cycles. Longhaired kitties, however, need more help, and should be brushed pretty much daily.

Make It Fun

Getting Fluffy to see being brushed as a positive thing is half the battle. Fluffy probably won’t mind being brushed once she realizes you’re pampering her, not punishing her. Incorporate lots of pets and ear scritches. (Treats and catnip won’t hurt, either.)

Time It Right

Timing is very important here. Wait until your feline overlord is feeling relaxed, content, and perhaps a bit cuddly. (After one of her 33 daily meals would be a good time.)

Keep Tools Convenient

If Fluffy is a lap cat, keep her brush handy near your favorite chair. That way, it will be easy to grab when you’re watching TV.

Don’t Force It

Kitties may love being pampered, but don’t be surprised if Fluffy will only tolerate being brushed for a few minutes. When your feline buddy decides that she’s done, just let her go. Forcing her to stay still any longer is a good way to get scratched!

Use The Time

This is a purrfect chance for you to inspect your furry little diva, and check her body condition. You don’t have to go too crazy: just keep an eye out for things that could be indicative of medical issues. Some of these would include lumps and bumps; swelling; heat; skin issues, such as redness or flaking; and sensitivity. Call your vet right away if you notice anything odd.

As your local London, ON animal clinic, we are dedicated to offering top-notch care. Please feel free to call us for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs.

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