Cat Grooming: What Our Las Vegas Veterinarian Wants You to Know
If you're like most cat owners, you cringe at the very thought of trying to bathe, or even brush, your cat! Fear not, cat grooming does not have to be a scary process. At All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in Las Vegas, our veterinarian has some tips to help you keep your cat groomed and clean.
Grooming Your Cat
You know that your cats already do a great job of grooming themselves, but sometimes, they need a little bit of help. Use these tips to help you keep your cats fluffy and happy as ever.
Many cats enjoy being brushed. While it feels good for your cats, it's also important for their health, as it eliminates hairballs and matting of the fur. The length of your cats’ hair determines how often they need to be brushed. Short haired cats only need to be brushed once a week, while long haired cats need to be brushed more frequently. There are several different types of grooming tools available. At All About Cats Veterinary Hospital, we can recommend the style of brush, comb, or tool that works best for your cats’ type of fur.
Cat bathing is possible, but rarely necessary unless your cat gets visually dirty. Often cats that go outdoors get dirtier than strictly indoor cats. Most indoor cats never require a bath!
We have found the best way to bathe most cats is to have two basins filled with approx. five inches of warm water and a plastic cup. Place your cat into the first tub, use the cup to scoop warm water out of the tub to pour over your cat’s coat. Avoid getting water into the eyes or the ears. Lather your cat with a shampoo made specifically for pets. Pour water over your cat to rinse the shampoo. Then move your cat to the second basin and pour the clean water over your cat to get rid of the shampoo. Remove your cat from the water and towel dry. Your cat may air dry without problems. A hairdryer may be necessary, but cats are usually afraid of the noise from the blow dryer. Don't be alarmed if your cat wants to be alone to groom themselves for a while after a bath. Just like humans, cats like to take some time to brush their fur just the way they like it.
Call Our Las Vegas Veterinarian
One of the most important parts of taking care of your cat is ensuring that they have regular veterinary care. At All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in Las Vegas, we're here to help. Call our office at 702-257-3222 to set up your cat's first appointment.