Do I need to have my cat groomed?

You mean I have to groom my cat, too?

Even cats need to be groomed regularly.  For the most part, a cat should be able to take care of his or her own personal hygiene, but sometimes human intervention is needed.  There are many reasons why you would have to help your cat out, including, age, health condition, or coat type.

As cats age they sometimes get a little senile or get a touch of arthritis and are unable to complete their normal grooming routine.  In this case you can help them out by brushing or combing the parts of their coat they cannot get to.  If your cat doesn’t like to be brushed, it may be necessary to take him or her to the vet.

A cat that has been injured or is sick may not want to groom him or her self and may need to be helped by you.  Some cats swallow too much fur as they groom themselves and get excessive hairballs, or in extreme situations can get a blockage in their intestines caused by hair.  In both these cases you may need to opt for some grooming time.

Long haired cats are often unable to properly care for their coats causing mats to form on tail, hindquarters, and belly.

Cats that have fine wispy long hair will often get heavy mats in the winter when the dry air causes excess static electricity to build up in the air.  This isn;t because they are not grooming, but rather because a long hair coat is a lot of work.

In all these cases the best option for long and short haired cats may be to get them a lion cut.  This hair style cuts the hair on the cat’s body and belly very short leaving behind the fur on the  head, neck (mane), all four legs, and a poof at the end of the tail.  These cuts are not cruel, or inhumane, and most cats seem to like the freedom and comfort a good cut gives them.

If you are not practiced in the art of using clippers to shave animals, it would be best to leave it to the professionals.  A good experienced groomer will have the skill necessary to complete the cut with a little stress as possible to your cat, as well as less chance of injury.  A cat’s skin is very thin and very vascular, meaning it’s very easy to cut them, and cut them badly if you don’t know what you are doing.

NEVER use scissors to remove a mat on your cat.

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