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Health Benefits of Grooming Your Cat

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If you have a longhaired cat you’re probably very familiar with the need for daily grooming. The coats of longhaired cats easily tangle and mat so regular grooming is a must. Unfortunately though, I’ve seen many longhaired cats who don’t get the needed daily grooming and end up with health complications as a result.

Even if you have a shorthaired cat, regular grooming is an important part of maintaining health. She may not have a coat that mats but frequent brushing will cut down on shedding and the amount of hair getting ingested through her self-grooming.

Benefits of Grooming

  • Brushing distributes the natural oil which helps maintain skin and coat health
  • With frequent brushing you can address tangles before they turn into mats
  • Grooming enables you to check for parasites such as fleas and ticks
  • Time spent brushing your cat can help deepen the bond between the two of you
  • Frequent grooming helps desensitize the cat to being handled
  • You’re able to check for any skin abnormalities or ear problems
  • The more hair you brush, the less hair your cat will swallow

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Grooming Neglect

  • Tangles and mats can pull on the delicate skin and make it difficult for the cat to walk
  • Mats around the armpits could result in tearing of the skin.
  • Dense mats block air flow to the skin and can cause skin irritation or wounds
  • Fleas can hide in the mats, making it difficult for you to find and remove them
  • Mats on the cat’s backside can become encrusted with feces and/or dried urine
  • A cat may chew or tear at a mat due to pain and end up ripping the skin

Grooming Shouldn’t Take Long

If you brush your cat on a regular basis, the daily maintenance shouldn’t take long. Grooming shouldn’t be torture sessions lasting 30 minutes. With a longhaired cat, brush just a few minutes every day to keep his coat in good condition. For shorthaired cats, brushing two or three times a week will do the trick.

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