Most people falsely believe that cats are fully capable of grooming themselves all the time without any help from their owners. This is simply not the case.
Truthfully, your cat needs you to help them out with their hygiene just as much as your dog does. While they might seem finicky and like they don’t really want to accept your help, they will always feel better once the process is done.
So what do you do about the grooming of your cat? Why is it important? What do you need to get the job done?
Thankfully, Pro Pet has a great line of cat grooming supplies in their inventory. Below, we will outline some of our favorites, how they work, and why they are necessary.
How to Groom a Cat
Grooming a cat is not rocket science. You do, however, want to make sure that you are taking every precaution to groom your cat in a way that they will enjoy so that they will not be fearful of future grooming experiences.
The first step is to spend a few minutes with your cat, petting them and talking to them to let them know that you are about to groom them. Cats do better when they have a little warning.
Next, you will gently clip the cat’s claws. Be careful that you do not hurt your cat in this process.
Always comb your cat before you try to brush or bathe. This will eliminate any loose hair or matting that could create troubles in the rest of the process. If necessary, you will do any trimming you need to do at this time, as well.
When you bathe your cat, you want to make sure the process is slow and gentle for them. Cats are naturally fearful of water, but if you introduce them to the bathing process gently, they are more likely to accept it without a fight.
After bathing, but before drying, you will clean the cat’s ears with specially formulated ear cleanse. You can purchase this at most pet stores.
Comb your cat’s hair, then gently blow dry them on the lowest setting.
Throughout the process, make sure you are giving your cat plenty of praise and attention. When finished, reward them with their favorite treat.
What is Needed to Groom a Cat?
Cats are known for being pampered parts of our lives. Their grooming routines are no different. It shouldn’t surprise you that they require a great deal of supplies and tools to be effectively pampered and groomed.
A cat needs everything from nail clippers and de-slickers to look and feel their very best. There can be an overwhelming variety of tools on the market and some of them are not designed correctly.
When narrowing down your search for cat grooming tools, you need to consider your cat’s coat type, length, and individual needs. You also need to make sure that you are buying quality products from a trusted manufacturer or source.
Here are some of the more common items needed to groom your cat:
Waterless & Tearless Shampoos
Cats hate water. We all know this. They do still need to be shampooed from time to time, though. A waterless shampoo can help get that job done in a hurry.
Occasionally, though, they will need to be washed the good old-fashioned way. You can make the experience slightly less troubling for them by using a tearless formula of shampoo. Cats have sensitive eyes, so even the slightest irritation can be traumatic. Take care of their eyes as you’re cleaning their coat.
Kittens and cats are constantly grooming themselves. That doesn’t mean that they are getting all the snarls and tangles out of their fur, though.
You do need to make sure you are brushing your cat or kitten regularly. They require regular grooming from you even though they are constantly self-grooming, too.
Certain brushes are more useful than others. If your cat sheds a lot, they will need to be brushed regularly with a de-shedding tool, for example. Other cats with thicker fur might need a slicker brush to help their hair stay coiffed.
In recent years, the practice of declawing cats has gone to the wayside. It’s been determined that cats actually suffer greater pain than we originally expected when they have this seemingly simple procedure done.
Because cats are no longer being declawed as often, the need to clip their nails has become somewhat of a necessity. You will need to find a clipper that works with your cat’s claws, which are susceptible to splintering and being cut too short. One painful nail clipping experience can create lifelong problems for your cat, so it’s important you start off with the right tools.
A daily de-shedder is any tool that can be used once daily to clean your cat’s fur. Usually, it’s a mitt that is specially designed to remove loose fur from the cat as you pet it.
Best Pro Pet Supply Cat Grooming Tools
As you build your cat’s grooming routine, you will need to make sure that you have the correct tools on hand. Pro Pet Supply has a variety of tools that can help you build up a grooming toolkit.
Below are some of the best tools for cat grooming that Pro Pet Supply has to offer. Each is uniquely formulated and designed to provide easy, adequate care for your cat.
Magic Coat Waterless Shampoo
Magic Coat Waterless Shampoo is a wonderful dry shampoo that makes bathing your cat a breeze. It leaves your cat looking clean and smelling great without putting them through the unsavory task of being drenched in water in the bathtub.
This is a good regular shampoo for your cat. You can use it from time to time to keep your cat looking and smelling clean as well as feeling its best. Of course, you will still need to give your cat a “real” bath once in a while, but between those occasions, you can keep everyone happy with this shampoo.
Magic Coat Tender Tip Deluxe Love Glove for Cats
The Magic Coat Tender Tip Deluxe Love Glove is a mitt that serves as a great daily de-shedder. It’s simple to use and your cat will actually enjoy it.
You simply place the mitt on your hand and pet the cat as if you were greeting them coming home from a long day of work. As you pet the cat, the fabric of the mitt is designed to catch and collect loose hair.
After the daily de-shedding is done, the hair can simply be peeled off as if it were lint in a dryer lint filter.
Tender Touch Slicker Wire Brush for Cats & Kittens
Tender Touch Slicker Wire Brush for Cats & Kittens is a wire brush that slicks the hair down and smooths it. This brush should be used a few times a week with gentle pressure. The hair will lay flatter and be free of snarls when finished, but the wires can be painful if you push too hard. Take care to treat your kitty with the respect it deserves during the process.
Groom n Comb Kitty Korner Komber Self Grooming Aid for Cats
This self-grooming aid is a cute little mechanism that sits in the corner for your cat to rub against. When they do, they are able to groom themselves better. This makes for a better experience for them and an easier time for you when the real grooming begins.
Cats naturally want to groom themselves, but sometimes they aren’t very good at it. The Kitty Korner Komber helps them do their best job possible.
Cat Claw Scissors
These nail-trimming scissors are gentle enough and sharp enough to get the job done quickly and easily. You can trim your cat’s nails effortlessly and also protect them from the splintering that can be sometimes painful and even cause permanent damage to your cat.
The best bonus to an easy and effective nail trim is that future nail trims will be easier to manage. When a cat learns to trust the process of the nail trimming, they will not fight you. This will make trims easier and easier as time goes on.
Now You Can Keep Your Cat Looking Sleek and Feeling Happy!
Grooming your cat is as important as grooming your dog. Making your cat’s hygiene a part of your daily routine is important and having the right tools on hand to accomplish this task is crucial.
A poor cat grooming experience can not only be physically harmful to your cat, but can create problems in the future when it comes time to groom your cat again. Don’t let a poor grooming experience today create problems for the cat’s grooming throughout the future.
There are a number of great cat grooming products available from the Pro Pet lines. They are all specially designed to provide the best possible grooming experience for your cat, as well as convenience for you.
Cat grooming is not rocket science, however you will want to make sure you are doing your best to produce a happy and relaxing time for your cat during the process.
Soon, you’ll be breezing through the process in no time flat.