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The Benefits of Grooming Your Cat Yourself!

Updated on March 31, 2010

Believe it or not, many cats live their entire lives without anyone laying a brush on them. Most cats, though well cared for in other ways, are neglected when it comes to coat care. I'll admit that I rarely brush my cat Norman; however, after doing some research, I think it is time to mend my ways! After all, assisting your cat with his or her grooming efforts does have its rewards!

Shedding

Most cats shed…I know mine do! Believe it or not, my short haired cat Claire sheds more than my long haired cat Norman. Just goes to show that no matter what type of hair your cat has, weekly brushings are a must (unless, of course, you own a hairless cat)! Brushing your cat, especially when he or she is shedding, is very important. Not only will you remove dead hair that would otherwise end up on your sofa, floor or even in your cup of coffee…it will also assist your cat when it comes to hairball control. After all, the less hair that your cat digests, the better! If you don't have a good stainless steel comb, now's the time to buy one! You can find a variety of stainless steel cat grooming combs on-line or at your local pet supply store.

Oh No! My owner doesn't brush me!
Oh No! My owner doesn't brush me!

Smell

Yes, cats are very clean animals. However, even the cleanest of cats often need help in the bathing department. If you have a few moments to spare, please read my HUB: Bathing Your Cat Without Getting Clawed to Death! Simple Cat Bathing Tips! Did you know that unneutered male cats have a tendency to smell more than neutered ones do? In my opinion, that's another good reason to have your cat fixed if you haven't already done so. Cats with long hair tend to get urine and feces in their fur. Not only can this cause health problems for your cat (such as skin irritation and infection) he or she won't smell very nice either. If you have a cat with long hair, it is very important that you maintain a regular grooming schedule.

Hairballs

If you have ever seen a cat hack up a hairball then you know that it is not a very pleasant experience (for you or your cat!). Though long haired cats tend to develop more hairballs than short cats do, all cats at one point or another will have to deal with this hairy situation. Regular grooming will help to control the hairball population within your home. Brushing your cat a few times a week will remove dead hair which in turn will mean less hairballs found on your expensive Oriental rug. For more information about hairballs, please read my HUB: Hairballs, A Natural Part of Your Cat's Life!

Bonding Time!

Spending time with your cat is very important. While your furry friend may not appreciate your grooming assistance at first, he will soon learn to enjoy the time that you spend together…even if you are brushing him! If you do not regularly groom your cat, be patient as he adjusts. Eventually your pretty kitty will look forward to your weekly bonding sessions!

Save Some Money!

Learning to groom your cat yourself will save you money! All you have to do is invest in some high quality pet grooming tools, learn the tricks of the trade and before you know it; your cat will be the best looking feline in town! Trips to the professional groomer can cost a lot of money. Grooming your own pet means more money in your bank account! Grooming your cat is also good for his or her health and can possibly save you money when it comes to veterinary bills. Owners that groom their own pets often find growths, bumps and lumps that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. Early detection of feline health problems can mean saving money when it comes to treatment. As you have probably heard, early detection is key!

Caring for your kitten or cat is easy especially if you take the time to get to know your feline and their particular needs. Different coat types require different care; therefore, investing in a do it yourself pet grooming book is a good idea. Not only will grooming your cat yourself save you money, it will strengthen the bond you have with your pet. Meow!

 

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      Cygstarz 8 years ago from Maryland

      Hi Dolores! Thank you for your comment. Banjo sounds adorable...love the name!

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Sick of the white cat hair all over the place (and most of my furniture is dark) I decided to start brushing our Banjo. At first he thought it was a game, and started batting at the brush. He's not a year old yet. But now, he loves being brushed!

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