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Cat Grooming Tips: Giving Your Kitty A Purr-fect Appearance

Even though your cat spends much of the day grooming him/herself, itís still important to pitch in and help your kitty to look feline fine.  Proper grooming will help to stimulate circulation, remove loose hair and prevent hairballs, matting and other problems that may lead to discomfort and/or safety hazards for your pet.  In addition, grooming will allow you to check your cat for fleas, ticks and any skin conditions that may require the attention of a veterinarian.

 

When it comes to brushing, the frequency at which you groom your cat will depend on a number of factors.  Among them, your catís type and length of coat, the time of year and weather conditions.  While combing, make sure to move in the direction of your catís hair growth.  If your cat has long hair, start with a wide-tooth comb before moving on to a fine-tooth comb.  When brushing, you should begin with a wire slicker brush until your catís coat is clean and then use a regular cat brush to complete the grooming process.  A grooming glove, which is also popular among cat lovers, can help to distribute natural oils to your catís coat, which will promote a healthy shine, and will also be effective in massaging the skin.

 

One of the most common problems that cat owners are faced with while grooming is that of tangles and/or matting.  If an area is particularly resistant to brushing and cannot be corrected with an anti-tangle comb or brush, you may be able to use scissors to remove the tangled fur.  If you notice severe matting or tangles, consult with a professional groomer or veterinarian for an effective and painless method of removal

 

The final step to grooming your cat is clipping and filing his/her nails.  It is important to use only those trimmers that are specifically designed for this purpose.  You should begin this process by holding your catís paw firmly while gently squeezing at the base of the nail to encourage nail protrusion.  When clipping the nail, use one single stroke making certain to stop before reaching the quick.  After having clipped your catís nails, you can use a file to help smooth over any rough areas that may be left behind.

 

The information contained in this article is designed to be used for reference purposes only.  It should not be used as, in place of or in conjunction with professional veterinary advice and/or recommendations surrounding cat grooming.  For additional information on techniques, safety and health concerns, consult with your local veterinarian. 



Dealing With Common Cat Behavioral Problems

Instinctually, cats are programmed to scratch, claw and bite.  These behavioral problems can all lead to a very unruly pet if the proper training is not utilized to teach your cat how and where to direct its aggression.  A scratching post or toy will act as the best approach at redirecting your catís attention to the proper place. 

 

If you want to learn how to deal with your catís behavioral problems, itís important to first learn what causes them.  Scratching, clawing and biting can all be signs of your catís desire to be left alone, a plea for attention or its instinct to scratch an object in an effort to remove the outer layer of its claws.  If your cat begins to show aggression toward you, your family or houseguests, consult with a veterinarian about possible mental or physical health issues that may be causing the undesirable behavior.  Illnesses have long been linked with disobedience in animals and, if detected, should be treated as quickly as possible and with the help of a licensed vet.

 

In most instances, a catís desire to scratch or claw at an object is simply a reflection of itís animal instinct.  If your cat is an indoor pet, this may mean trouble for your sofa or other furniture.  The best way to deter scratching is to identify the object of your catís desire and place a scratching post or other toy next to the area in an effort to draw his/her attention away from the furniture.  If your cat doesnít accept the distraction right away, take the time to show him/her how much more fun it would be to play with a toy or use the scratching post by joining in and making the object more entertaining for your cat.  Once he/she begins to scratch or claw at the appropriate place, use a treat to reward your feline for good behavior.

 

Biting, which is another common trait of most cats, is often preceded by the twitching of a tail and/or a wild look in the eyes.  If this occurs, itís a good idea to leave your cat to relax.  Stemming from their natural instinct to hunt, biting is often nothing more than your catís expression of anger, anxiety or even fear.  Identifying the cause of your catís biting habit will go a long way in helping you to determine the necessary corrective treatment.

 

When it comes to disciplining a pet for bad behavior, many owners instinctively raise their voice in anger.  This approach not only causes immediate anxiety, but may lead to a cat that fears its owner in the longrun.  Like all animals, cats respond better to positive reinforcement and the proper training techniques as opposed to punishment. 

 

The information contained in this article is designed to be used for reference purposes only.  It should not be used as, in place of or in conjunction with professional veterinary advice and/or recommendations surrounding cat behavioral problems or methods of treatment.  For additional information on training techniques, safety and health concerns, consult with your local veterinarian. 



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