When Should I Groom My Cat?

CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon, professional pet sitter, gives some guidelines on cat grooming.

By Jeanne Adlon | Posted: Feb. 6, 2009, 3 a.m. EST

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Q: How often should I groom my cat?

A: I always feel that if you can brush your cat daily and check that their nails weekly, you are on a good schedule.

Some cats absolutely love to be brushed, and Reggie, with his luxuriant orange-and-white coat, was one of those. Whenever I would care for Reggie, he let it be known that brushing came first. I would sit next to him on the floor while he rolled from side to side to make sure I didn’t miss a spot. I used to tell his owners that I could make a pillow out of Reggie’s hair.

Meanwhile, his housemate, Alice, a prim and proper shiny black cat, only allowed me to do quick swipes with the brush. She would then shoot me a look to make sure I knew she had endured a terrible violation.

Cats a terrific self-groomers, but it doesn’t hurt for you to set up a brushing routine with yours. This is especially true of older cats that can slow down their grooming and chubby cats who find it hard to reach those important parts.

I feel that longhaired cats can certainly benefit from extra brushing. However, if you have one that will not let you brush her, you might want to have her groomed by a professional. Some will make house calls. Hair that forms into mats can pull on the skin, become painful and sometimes infected. I have one client whose longhaired cats get what they call “lion cuts” several times a year. Their body hair is cropped close, but their heads, the end of their tails and legs are left with fluffy hair. It might sound funny but it’s adorable.

Lastly, don’t make brushing your cat a big production and don’t wake them up to do it. The best time is when they are relaxing, and the less interested kitties will let you know when they have had enough. Be patient and you and your cats will enjoy stress-free grooming.

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STEPHANIE    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

2/11/2009 8:13:38 PM

MY CAT NEEDS A PROFESSIONAL GROOMING. I FIRST NEED T TAKE IT TO THE VET TO GET HIS SHOTS UPDATED. I AMM WORRIED ABOUT THE MATTING ON HIS BACK. SHOULD I CUT IT OFF OR LET THE PROFFESSIONAL DO IT?

fredricka    Monic, VT

2/11/2009 7:50:23 PM

We have 5 cats and only 3 kind of like brushing. My long haired boy has to be in a mood to be brushed. I do the walk by brushing too. We have cleipped his hair to help him too. We cannot afford a groomer, so we try to keep up on this. Thanks!

Shannon    Danville, IL

2/11/2009 12:03:47 PM

I'll try these suggestions,but my kitty puts up quite a fuss. I try to brush her when she is sitting on the bed relaxed. She's alright when I brush her back side but she really screams when I begin her stomach.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

2/11/2009 5:20:39 AM

Good article. I try to do walk by brushings at times also.

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