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How to Groom Your Cat

March 6th, 2012 Pets

Cats are naturally arduous about regularly cleaning themselves. If you've ever watched your kitty go through a marathon self-grooming session, you know how true this fact is. However, just because your cat takes care of herself doesn't mean you're completely exempt from cleaning her up from time to time. Grooming a cat can be an enjoyable experience for both you and your kitty!

1. Brushing. This may be the easiest cleaning method. Many cats will get very excited when you pull out their favorite brush - it feels great to them! So go ahead and give your kitty a good 10 or 15 minute combing. Depending on the length of her hair, you may want to use a different brush or comb. For instance, short-haired cats are best suited to metal combs, according to the ASPCA. You can also use a rubber brush to remove any dead hair that may have accumulated since last time.

Long-haired cats require more frequent grooming. Do your best to untangle any knots you encounter as you work your way along her back. The source recommends using an upward motion to brush her fur, using either a bristle or a rubber brush.

2. Bathing. This is a tough one. Most cats don't take very kindly to being dropped in water, so you're going to have to be patient when trying to give yours a bath. Head to the pet store and pick up a special cat shampoo. Fill a bath tub or sink with lukewarm water and gently ease her in. Be sure to shower her with praise as you bathe her, and do your best to avoid the ears, eyes and nose. When you're finished, give your cat a nice and thorough drying off with a big fluffy towel.