Everything You Need to Know About Grooming Your Cat

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Here are tips to keep in mind for successfully bathing your feline:

  • Brush your cat’s coat thoroughly before the bath to brush out any undercoat mats.
  • Apply eye ointment to help keep soap from getting in your cat’s sensitive eyes.
  • Fill the sink with tepid water and, if possible, include a non-toxic wetting agent, which makes it easier for water to soak the coat.
  • Hold your cat firmly with both hands and partly submerge him until the water is around his shoulders, speaking soothingly to ease your feline.
  • Drain the sink, then start shampooing using only a mild, tear-less shampoo. Put a small amount on a wet washcloth and gently wash around the eyes, mouth, cheeks, and forehead.
  • Rinsing off the shampoo is extremely important. Fill the sink again with tepid water up to the cat’s middle. Use a cup or dish hose to rinse off the shampoo with clear water. Stay away from the head and eyes. Repeat the rinsing process at least two or three times until the soap residue is gone.
  • Blot your cat’s fur with a dry towel, take him out of the sink, and place him on the floor or a counter top. Continue to towel dry there. A single-coated or dense short-haired cat only needs a good towel-drying and can be placed in a warm bathroom until he is completely dry. However, a long-haired cat may need to be combed out and blown-dry.

How to Clean Your Cat’s Ears

Cleaning your feline’s ears may look easy but it’s more difficult than you think. Cats have long ear canals and improper cleaning can result in a ruptured eardrum, pain, or lacerations of the canal. You can clean your cat’s ears safely if you follow these steps:

  • Wrap your kitty in a large thick towel with just his head exposed. This will keep him from wriggling out of your grasp or scratching you.
  • Using a cotton ball moistened with water, gently rub the large pieces of dirt, wax, and debris off the ear lobe. Repeat on the opposite ear.
  • Use a Q-tip to gently remove the pieces of debris trapped within the cartilage of the ear. Be careful not to place the Q-tip down the ear canal – it’s safest to clean only the parts of the ear you can see.
  • After cleaning ears, it is a good idea to offer a treat. This will help make the next ear cleaning session a little smoother.

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