Regardless of the type of cat you have or her coat, regular brushing is an important aspect of cat care. Grooming can prevent or minimize hair balls which can be a nuisance, especially with longer haired cats; but grooming can also provide distinct health benefits. Regularly brushing your cat gives you the opportunity to check for fleas and other parasites while ensuring that your cat’s hair is clean and free from contaminants. Furthermore, grooming gives you an unparalleled opportunity to spend quality time with your cat and improve bonding.
Regular brushing prevents the development of knots or tangles in your cat’s hair that are usually very difficult to remove. In fact, when your cat’s fur gets severely tangled or knotted sometimes the only solution is a visit to an expensive professional groomer. Sometimes, cats will need to be shaved because of excessive matting and in this case you’ll need to visit a veterinarian. Clearly, regular grooming can also save you money.
Another benefit of regular brushing and grooming is that you prevent the build up of hair around your home. Dead or loose hair is removed when you brush your cat so less of it ends up around your house. Choosing the right grooming tools is important. A flea comb will trap fleas so they can be removed and will also prevent matting. You can also use a metal comb with wider gaps between the teeth to further reduce the risk of matting. Brushes should be used to remove dead skin from you cat’s coat as well as loose hair. Choose a soft bristle brush for cats with a short coat and harder brushes for dense coats.
Remember that before you start any grooming routine that cats often need to adjust to this new activity. A grooming glove is a glove with tiny bristles that allow you to remove hair as you stroke your cat and this may be easier than a traditional comb or brush.