Thanks to several studies we know that cats spend about 10% of their time grooming, so they are considered to be one of the cleanest animals. Although they continually lick their bodies and clean their faces with their legs, it is advisable that we help them clean.
METHODS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR CAT'S COAT
One of the methods to do it, is to accompany brushing with caresses or feeding them right after so that the cat will relate it to a pleasant moment. We can also take the time to check your skin, eyes, teeth, nails and ears, which we can clean with specific products recommended by our veterinarian. With brushing we will prevent the cat from having dead hair that can cause hairballs and vomiting. For long-haired cats it is advisable to brush them almost once a day and those with short hair will suffice once a week.
To undo the tangles we can use talcum powder that will always help us and make brushing easier. It is very important to know that we should never cut your hair with scissors since we may damage the skin of our little cat.
Older or overweight cats may have trouble getting to clean their body in a self-sufficient way, so in these cases it will be more advisable that we can help them.
Brush the cat's hair
Cat hair care should start from a very young age so that he gets used to it, but it will be more complicated since he can become rebellious and will not want to be brushed.
When you finish brushing you can give him a treat for cat as a reward, in this way you can associate the final prize with a reward for staying calm.
If the cat's hair is rather long, the care should be more intense and special than if it is short. Brushing is very necessary for prevent swallowing of dead hairs when the cat cleanses with its tongue. If you swallow them you can produce hairballs in your stomach, which cause vomiting or diarrhea. For long-haired cats a daily brushing is highly recommended, especially in times of shedding, to avoid the formation of knots and eliminate dirt and possible parasites. It is recommended to brush the hair with wide tooth combs for detangling and then brush the fine toothbrush.
The shorthair cats they don't need so much care and brushing can be reduced to once or twice a week.
It should be combed in the direction of the hair and very gently and then carefully against the hair especially if it is a metal barbed brush. If we find a knot that resists it must be undone very gently avoiding tearing or cutting the lock. Start brushing from the neck back paying special attention when brushing the hind legs as they are a very sensitive part of the cat.
Not all brushes are suitable for all cat hairs. It will depend on whether it is thick, thin, long, short hair ... The brush should be easy to use, with soft bristles that do not harm the cat. If you do not feel comfortable with the brush, we advise you to change it.
The basis of good nutrition is ideal for good external and internal health. If the cat is fed correctly, the hair will look bright and colored, and will not fall out frequently, only when the season changes.
During the times of molt It is highly recommended to give the cat feline malt to avoid digestive problems derived from hairballs.
It does not hurt that we look closely at the skin of our cat. That is, if it is rough when it was not before, if we see that the hair falls out more than normal, if it has scales or redness ... all these symptoms may be related to the hair or other internal diseases.
If you observe these symptoms on your skin then go to a veterinarian to assess the causes and to act as soon as possible.
The cat's bath
Although it is not essential, on special occasions because the cat requires it or from time to time, it is not too much a bath to take care of your hair. It will depend on the type of cat you have. Especially those with long hair who go outside will be more likely to get dirt in their hair.
There is a belief that cats do not like water or bathing, which is especially true if we have not accustomed our cat since we were little to water. If this is the case, the first baths can be a very complicated task. There are veterinary clinics or spa for animals that facilitate these actions.
If you decide to do it at home, use a special cat shampoo since the ph of the cat's skin is not the same as that of humans. The frequency of the bath should not be more than once a month.