By nature, cats wash multiple times a day. They can, generally, take good care of themselves without any external assistance. However, there are times when you’ll have to lend a helping hand. Your cat’s grooming sessions must be fun and enjoyable. Therefore, schedule them for periods when the cat is relaxed, which is usually after a meal or exercise. If you are in a bad mood or feel stressed, the cat's hygiene measures can take a backseat.
Your cat’s grooming entails brushing/combing, bathing, and nail clipping. Regular combing or brushing sessions would ensure your cat’s hair remains in good condition. Brushing helps remove dirt, spread natural oils throughout the pet’s coat, prevent tangles and keep its skin irritant-free. Bathing is another important component of the cat's hygiene. Your cat would benefit from a bath if it’s greasy and oily, and/or has gotten itself into something smelly or sticky. Use a mild or cat-friendly shampoo. Before, you try bathing your cat, make sure you give it a solid brushing so that all loose dirt and dead hair are removed.
Place your cat in a sink or tub that’s filled with about three to four inches of warm water. If you’re using the spray hose, make sure you don’t spray-hose into the cat’s eyes, ears, or nose. A spray hose is not necessary, by the way. You can use a large cup or pitcher instead.
Nail clipping is arguably the most difficult or tricky aspect of the cat's hygiene or grooming. If you have never touched or played with your cat’s feet before, it would most likely react coldly to your attempt to cut its nails. Therefore, it’s recommended you help your cat get acclimatised to your touch before you move on to clipping its nails. This acclimatisation period could be a week or two of basic foot massages. Tornare in alto