Care for cats with long hair is primarily a regular combing. If the long-haired cats are not properly cared for, the wool falls down very quickly, which threatens not only a spoiled appearance, but also some skin diseases, as well as the formation of tangles that can cause severe pain to the animal. Cat grooming involves the use of special soft brushes that you need to brush the animal both on and against the coat.
Sometimes caring for long-haired cats also involves some “hairdressing” procedures: belly hair is particularly prone to tangling, so even with regular brushing it still has to be trimmed. To do this, use special scissors with blunt ends, but before the “haircut” should try to separate tangled pieces with your fingers.
Care for short-haired cats is no easier than fluffy ones: you just need to comb them out, and it is better to teach the animal to this procedure from childhood. In this case, grooming of a cat’s coat should be done first with a special comb with frequent and fine teeth, and then with a soft rubber brush. You should brush the cat every 4 days, sweeping it from the neck to the tail, and in order for the animal’s coat to lie smoothly, you just need to iron it more often!
In addition, short-haired cats should be bathed regularly to get rid of such an unpleasant phenomenon as dandruff in cats, which is treated with special shampoos.
Care for short-haired cats and care for long-haired cats equally require regular cleaning of the ears of an animal. Care for cats’ ears is done before or after washing with a swab moistened with alcohol or mineral oil. It is necessary to remove dirt and sulfur only from the accessible part of the auricle, and in no case should you climb into the ear canal! And, of course, you should get used to such a procedure as caring for cats’ ears from the very first days of their life in your home.
Cat face care
Strictly speaking, the care of the cat’s eyes comes first. Here it is necessary even not so much bathing the cat as washing; if you do not wash the face daily, the animal may develop deep wrinkles that quickly disappear due to tears. Particularly relevant in this regard, the care of the old cat, in which you need to regularly remove the tears that have accumulated in the corners of the eyes.
Gums and teeth care
In addition to such a procedure as caring for the eyes of a cat, you should definitely take care of the teeth of the animal. In general, the care of the teeth of cats is the competence of the veterinarian, but much depends on the owners too. Regularly inspect the teeth and jaws of the animal to make sure that there are no wounds or broken teeth in the mouth. In addition, proper care of the cat also involves regular brushing. To do this, simply wrap gauze and teeth around your finger and rub the gums and teeth, and when the animal grows up, you can already purchase special toothbrushes and toothpastes that will help you carry out the proper care of your cats teeth.
Caring for a domestic cat necessarily involves trimming the claws of the animal. It is better to handle the claws of the cats just before bathing: just hold the paw between the index finger and the thumb, stretch the claws and gently trim them with special scissors. In general, the care of the cat’s claws should be done once every two weeks (for kittens, once a week).
Cat claws care is a very delicate procedure, so do not yell at the animal and try not to touch the skin, so as not to hurt the cat.
Finally, another important step, which provides for any care for cats, is bathing the cat. Even if you are not going to show your favorite at the exhibition, you need to take care of the cat’s hair, and you will have to bathe it at least once a week. It should be used with special shampoos that fight against such phenomena as dandruff in cats, the invasion of parasites or fungal diseases. Also, caring for cats involves mandatory care of the back of the animal. In long-haired cats, the rear opening often remains polluted, and in addition, watch for the hind legs and tail (if there is one).
In general, whatever your cat, the care and maintenance of these animals require, above all, a serious attitude towards them. But these procedures do not create any serious troubles for the owner. Just love your cat, and she will always feel great, giving you a special joy and vigor.