How to brush your cat and maintain its coat?

How To Brush Your Cat And Maintain Its Hair?

Maintaining your cat’s coat is essential to keep it healthy. Indeed, the fur of our feline friends reflects their well-being, so it is very important to take care of it regularly. Be careful though, you should not deal with it anyhow, because with bad methods, even if you think you are doing well, it will be done more harm than good.

Shampoo: A Treatment That Should Not Be Abused

The first reflex that a human might have to take care of his cat’s coat is often to shampoo it regularly, a reflex often due to the comparison made between our hair and the hair of our feline friend.

Even if indeed, the shampoo is useful to preserve the good hygiene of the coat of your cat, it should however not be abused. Indeed, where a human will wash their hair three to four times a week to keep it clean and silky, this is far too much for cats, who have much more sensitive skin than us. In addition, our feline friends are themselves very conscientious when it comes to their hygiene. Thus, washing them three to six times a year will be more than enough, except of course in exceptional circumstances where it becomes necessary (when he comes home covered in mud, for example).

Also be careful never to use a human shampoo on these little hairballs. Instead, prefer a specific shampoo for cats, which will have a neutral pH, thus irritating the skin much less. For long-haired cats, applying a detangler after shampooing will be very beneficial, since it will prevent knots from forming.

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To shampoo a cat, preferably be two, most of them hate to be wet, so there is a great risk that it struggles. Get a shampoo suitable for your coat (available from a veterinarian or most pet stores) and a towel beforehand. Wet the cat’s coat abundantly with lukewarm water so as not to make the operation more unpleasant than it already is, avoiding the head. Then apply the shampoo, let it act for a few minutes, then rinse it so that no trace remains, this could cause the hairs to stick together. Finally, dry him well with a towel, and finish by giving him a little well-deserved reward.

Finally, be aware that for cats that are really too reluctant to water, there are dry shampoos that do not require the animal to be wet. However, this product can only be used for hair maintenance, it will not be effective on a particularly dirty cat.

Brushing: An Essential Care

Brushing your cat regularly is an essential act for the good maintenance of its coat. This will stimulate his skin and his muscles and give him a little massage that is far from unpleasant.

In addition, this will remove a lot of dead hair, especially during moulting periods (in spring and autumn), during which the cat will lose a lot of hair that it risks swallowing during its grooming, thus forming balls of hair in its stomach that it could have to regurgitate.

How To Brush A Short-Haired Cat?

It is very simple to brush a short-haired cat. Just bring a soft brush and brush it if possible daily, or at least once a week. It will first be necessary to brush it in the direction of the hair to remove the dead hairs, then against the hair to remove the dead undercoats. Do not hesitate to brush it after each shampoo.

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How To Brush Cats With Medium Or Long Hair?

Brushing cats with medium or long hair is a little more complicated to do, since the hair tends to tangle and form knots. While you can only brush a short-haired cat once a week, a medium- or long-haired cat will need daily brushing.

For our long-haired friends, a soft brush will not suffice. It will be preferable to also bring a specific comb for this type of coat.

Start by passing the soft brush in the direction of the hair, then against the hair to remove dead hair. Then do the same with the comb to detangle. Here too, do not hesitate to brush after each shampoo.

If tangled hairs are too tough, there are Furminator brushes, known for their high efficiency.

Be careful, however, not to force too much because, in some cases, the tangled hairs end up becoming knots, and too much force could hurt your little companion, without removing the knot.

What Are Knot Related Problems And How To Get Rid Of Them?

Knot problems are real scourges for long-haired and semi-long-haired cats. Indeed, these much too tangled hairs pull on their skin, which ends up irritating them, even causing scabs, dandruff, and often itching. In addition to this, nodes are places in which pests like fleas love to lay their eggs. It will therefore be better to remove them as soon as possible.

If the comb or the Furminator brush weren’t enough to untangle these knots, there’s only one solution left: cut them. Prefer to use blunt-ended scissors so as not to risk injuring the cat, and get help to hold it and thus avoid an accident.

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If you are ever afraid of hurting your little companion, do not hesitate to call on a groomer or a veterinarian who can do it for you without risk.

Food: A Major Role For Your Cat’S Coat

Just as human food plays a big role in the quality of our skin or our hair, that of cats also has an influence on the quality of its coat.

Indeed, it is common for a cat fed poor quality food to have greasy and dull hair, dandruff, even skin problems. So prefer to feed your cat with good quality food, paying particular attention to the presence of sufficient amounts of protein, vitamin A and essential fatty acids, substances that play a major role in the good quality of its coat.

Foods made from salmon or containing salmon oil are particularly known to be good for the skin and coat of our pets, so do not hesitate to provide it regularly in their diet.

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