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Looking to freshen up your pet a little? Noticing some odors that need taking care of? We’re here to help. We know how busy life can get, and we want to make it simpler for you. Bring your pet our way for a comprehensive, professional grooming appointment. We don’t just groom dogs, we also groom cats! Here are a few of the most common questions regarding cat grooming.

Question: Do cats really need baths?

Answer: Cats are known for their fastidious grooming, so why would they ever need a bath? Well, there are many reasons. Your cat could be older, arthritic or overweight and have trouble reaching certain spots on her body. She could get depressed or sick and not groom herself as often as she should. What if your kitty encounters something stinky? Or what if you have allergic guests coming over and need a way to reduce your cat’s dander? Your best bet is to get your cat used to taking baths from a young age. Follow our step-by-step instructions for a safe and low-stress kitty bath time.

Question: Can I prevent my cat from coughing up hairballs?

Answer: Cats can be so good at grooming themselves that the fur they swallow turns into a clump, called a trichobezoar (or hairball), in their digestive tract. If you’re lucky, the hairball will come up (and you won’t step in it). If not, you may have to take your cat to the vet to have it surgically removed. One way to help prevent (or at least reduce) hairballs is to brush your cat every day to remove excess fur. If that’s not working, try these other tips.

Question: How often do I need to groom my long-haired cat?

Answer: Persians, Ragamuffins, Siberians and other medium-to-long-haired cats have gorgeous coats, but they usually don’t come that way. Their coats need regular maintenance to prevent mats and hairballs. Whether you need to groom her coat daily, weekly or monthly will depend on the individual cat’s needs. In general, the softer and more cottony your cat’s coat, the more it will need to be brushed and groomed. If you have the time and are willing to make the effort, you can groom a long-haired cat at home. Otherwise, you should seek out a professional groomer. This is what you should look for in a groomer.

Question: Is it possible to trim my cat’s nails without getting scratched?

Answer: Yes, you can usually trim your kitten or adult cat’s nails without getting clawed. And the earlier you train her, the better. If you have a kitten, begin by teaching her to lie on her back. As she’s lying on her back, feed her treats. Once she’s comfortable lying on her back, get her used to having her paws handled by gently squeezing her paws while giving her treats. That way, she’ll form a positive association with being handled. Progressively build up to actually using the trimmers when she’s totally at ease with her paws being handled. Now, if you have an adult cat who is afraid of nail trims, it’s not as easy. Mikkel Becker reveals how to trim a cat’s nails — without the stress.

Question: How can I keep my cat’s fur under control?

Answer: If your cat’s fur is taking over your home, try to brush her every day. That way, her fur will stick to your brush, not the floor or sofa. Plus, you won’t have to vacuum up so many hairballs. From investing in slipcovers to keeping paws clean, Dr. Marty Becker shares a few more ways to keep pet fur in check.

Question: Can I use a human hairbrush on my cat?

Answer: It may seem convenient to use your own hairbrush on your cat, but it probably won’t be very effective. Human hairbrushes brush only the top coat; they don’t reach the undercoat. This is especially important for long-haired cats, who can develop mats if their dead undercoats aren’t brushed away. You should use this type of grooming tool instead.

Question: Can I use dog shampoo on my cat?

Answer: In general, you should not use dog products on your cat. Dog shampoo that’s formulated to combat fleas can be risky for felines, even if it contains only natural ingredients to repel the parasites. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a cat-friendly shampoo. Don’t let that deter you from shampooing your cat though; here are some reasons why she could benefit from a bath.

Our professional groomer, Tina Staples, has more than 20 years experience and is certified to groom all breeds of dogs and cats with a special emphasis on pets with skin problems. Click here to learn more about our grooming services!

To schedule your fur baby’s pampering spa experience at Tuscan Ridge Animal Hospital, please call us at 919-556-1944 or contact us below.

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