How to Groom Long Haired Cats
It’s no secret that cats usually prefer to groom themselves. However, if you have a long-haired cat, he or she will probably need just a little help with grooming in order to stay comfortable and clean. This might sound daunting, but with a little bit of practice, the following tips will make grooming your long haired cat much easier.
Use a Variety of Brushes
With a long haired cat, it’s important to get all of the mats, tangles and loose fur out of his coat regularly in order to keep him healthy. This means that you will need a few different types of brushes so that you can get down to the undercoat and be able to brush delicate areas like the head and legs without hurting your cat.
Usually, it’s best to keep a wire brush, an undercoat comb, a flea comb and a wide-toothed comb on hand. You should aim for brushing or combing your cat once a day, but if he’s not prone to mats, you may be able to brush just once every few days. The goal is to keep loose fur from getting caught in the long coat and creating painful snarls that the cat can’t groom out on his own. Be sure to pay special attention to the belly and tail areas, as these are most prone to matting.
If your cat often gets serious tangles or mats, you should invest in a mat splitter to help brush them out without hurting him.
Bathe Your Cat With Natural Cat Shampoo
Bathing a cat often sounds more like a punishment for both of you than an act of love, but it’s necessary for many long haired cats. If you have a cat that roams outdoors, you should use a cat flea shampoo. Otherwise, a cat-friendly natural pet shampoo is sufficient.
It’s important to use a natural cat shampoo rather than regular shampoo or one that doesn’t specifically say it is cat-friendly because these can be too drying or cause an allergic reaction. Earthbath’s lineup of natural pet shampoo includes several scented and unscented varieties, including a hypoallergenic cat shampoo, that are safe for cats as young as six weeks old and will not wash off topical flea medications.
When bathing your cat, make sure you have a non-slip mat in the tub or sink, and be careful to protect your cat’s ears from getting water in them. You may also want to wear rubber gloves in case your furry friend isn’t happy about bath time.
Keep Cat Dander Wipes Handy
Since you should only need to bathe your cat monthly, you can keep cat dander grooming wipes on hand for issues like cleaning your cat’s face, ears or paws or refreshing your cat’s fur between baths. Grooming wipes can help to minimize allergy-causing dander and can also aid in shedding control, which makes combing your cat easier.
Keep Your Cat Happy With Regular Grooming
Grooming your cat doesn’t have to be a hassle. With the right tools, a little bit of practice and all-natural shampoos and cat dander wipes, your long-haired cat can stay well-groomed and comfortable without much fuss.