Cats – are those little notorious critters that are always seen in the act of self-grooming. You make bathe your cat but do you know what she requires apart from a good bath. Your feline friend requires a regular brushing for shiny coat and healthy skin.
Cat brushing is as important as feeding her a healthy diet or administering a flea and tick preventive. Your touching not only makes her comfortable, but creates a special bonding between you and your furry friend. Brushing boosts the circulation of blood and improves your cat’s skin health. It even removes dead skin and hair.
Learn here the essentials of cat brushing and how regularly you need to groom your kitty.
Enhance Cat’s coat and skin health
Before commencing on brushing, meticulously check the condition of your kitty’s coat and skin. Check for the presence of any fleas and ticks. There shouldn’t be any bald patches and her skin should be free from wound or cut. If you find any open lesion or cut, never think of brushing. If your cat’s hair is healthy, it will be shining and just spring back as you move around your hand.
Brushing – If your cat has short hair
If your kitty has short hair, take a metal comb and brush her coat along from head to tail, which helps to remove dirt and grit. Work along the line of her hair and comb in the direction of her hair growth. This helps in proper brushing and avoids pain that your kitty faces while brushing in back and forth direction. Brush throughout her body from upper side to lower side including her abdomen and chest, engaging on one portion at a time, remove tangles and dead hair.
Brushing – If your cat has long hair
Outdoor cats having long hair shed every spring, but those indoor felines living in artificial environment, shed their hair every day, and require grooming constantly within few days to remove dead hair and detangle it. Take a good quality cat hairbrush for grooming. Start brushing slowly upward from legs and abdomen. Also, gently comb the neck fur upward and leading towards her chin. Properly part down your kitty’s fur on the backside starting from the head to the tail. Now groom gently on both sides one by one. If there are lots of knots and tangles, you can sprinkle talcum powder and ease that apart with your fingers. Still, if you find difficult in detangling, special cat mat-splitter is available in the market, which can help you.
Timely Cat skin health check ups
On your weekly grooming sessions, before starting brushing, gently move your hand around your cat’s body for the presence of any wound, bruise, bumps or hidden tangles. It’s crucial that you also check for any fleas and ticks dirt, and black specks of dried blood left behind by flea bites. Just take a look under the tail of your kitty for any feces attached to the fur. If it’s there, sniff it off with scissors carefully without hurting your kitty. Also check area around her anus for any tan or rice –sized objects – which indicates presence of tapeworms.
Skin Issues in Cats
Felines usually face numerous skin conditions when not properly groomed, and taken care of their skin health. Other than fleas, ticks or other parasites, there are various reasons your cat may be having a skin condition.
If you find your cat
- Scratching persistently
- Swelling under the skin
- Excessive licking and grooming
- Increased shedding or bald patches
- Biting at the coat or the skin
- Constantly shaking the body
It is better that you take your furry friend to vet immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Sometimes, you may even notice that your kitty’s having dry skin with those flakes all around. The several reasons for this condition include:
- Parasitic or bacterial infection
- Hormonal changes
- Weakened immunity
- Advanced age
If any skin problem arises in your kitty, it is important to understand and follow vet’s guidelines. Whenever you find your cat’s skin is dull or reddish or color of coat is unusual, it is better to take her to a vet. This may help to solve the issue for the better.
Regular brushing keeps your cat’s coat glossy and skin healthy. Moreover frequent grooming sessions lessen shedding and stimulate natural oil production for shiny hair and good skin. So, carry on with your cat’s brushing sessions for healthy skin, until we come up with our next cat skin care blog.