Feline Care 101: Feeding and Cat Grooming

Cats were worshipped and heralded during ancient times in Egypt. They believed cats were sacred animals to their gods and thus, it would be rightful to regard cats as honored and valued members of their household. Since then, they have remained valuable to several families not just in Egypt but around the world.

Cat lovers who knew all about their cats would know exactly why Egyptians would feel that way. Aside from having adorable appearance, cats are considered superior amongst the animal world. They have exceptional sense of smell, sight, taste, and excellent predators to their prey. They could also take care of themselves particularly with their grooming by washing themselves several times a day. For the most part, cats can take care of themselves but still they need their owners to care for them.

Feeding your cat

The most important thing to keep in mind when considering the type of food to give to your cat is to remember that they are carnivores. Cats are different from humans with this aspect. They need more meat for protein and for fat. When choosing a cat food, it is vital to check the label first before purchasing. One should look for the standards set by American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) to ensure that nutritional needs are met. Asking the vet in choosing what the best food for your cat is gives you an idea of what to do.

Once you’ve made a choice, do a cat taste test first. This is to ensure that your cat won’t develop gastrointestinal upsets later on. If the cat does not develop any untoward reactions, then you have chosen well.

How to make cat grooming enjoyable for the pet and their owner

Cat grooming sessions need not harbor hostility and traumatic experience from their care takers. It can also be made enjoyable for both parties. Make sure that your cat is relaxed before scheduling cat grooming sessions. The best time would be after an exercise or after eating. Dealing it in a positive way will make pet grooming experience fun and enjoyable, without the risk of losing your own patience and temper.

Make sessions short for about five to ten minutes on the very first session of feline grooming helps. Gradually increase the time as your pet gets familiar with the routine. Allow your pet to get used to your handling little by little. By petting every single part of your cat including ears, belly, head, back, tail and feet before pet grooming sessions will help them open up to you. Unfortunately, most cats do not like baths and you may need assistance. You may need another person’s help or alternatively visit pet grooming services offered nearest in your area.

Cat Bath

Prepare the needed materials, so that once started everything is within reach. The needed items are:

  • A large plastic bucket, sink or bath
  • Shower nozzle or jug
  • Warm water
  • Cat shampoo
  • Cat conditioner
  • Towels

After gathering these items prepare your cat and yourself for cat bathing.

Feline Care 101: Feeding and Cat Grooming
  • Use enough warm water to fill the bath. Then, slowly and calmly lower your cat into the water. Don’t make sudden movements that will make your cat more anxious.
  • Apply small amounts of cat shampoo and warm water to areas that are more likely dirtied and contaminated.
  • If a full body bath is needed, avoid the head and concentrate on lathering the rest of the body including the tail. It is easier to take the cat out of the water during this part and place it on the towel especially when using medicated cat shampoo for certain reasons.
  • If the face needs cleaning, use a damp cloth only to wipe away the dirt.
  • Rinse thoroughly when they are ready. Use the nozzle or a jug of warm water for rinsing. Gently dry those with towel after reassuring there are no residues left on hair. Then, allow your cat to shake off the excess water.

Brushing/Combing

Brushing the hair is a good practice of grooming a cat. It removes dirt, conditions hair by spreading natural oils, preventing tangles. For short-haired cats, you only need to brush the hair once a week.

  • Use a metal comb and brush the fur from head to tail
  • Next, use a bristled rubber brush to remove loose hair. Be extra gentle when combing the belly and chest

Long-haired cats need more combing than short-haired cats. Their hair needs to be brush every day. Start by combing the belly and chest while carefully untangling the knots. Then, brush the fur with a bristled rubber brush using upward motion. Part down the middle and brush out on either side to brush the tail.

Nail Clipping

Nail trimming can be a traumatic experience for both pet and owners. The cat may get upset when suddenly confronted with a new experience especially nail trimming. Getting a scratch or two from a scared cat would stress owners. So, it is a good idea that your cat gets used to being touched on the feet or paws. Rub your hand on your cat’s leg, stroking it up and down. Gently press each individual toe and give her praises and food treats as reward. Within a week of repeating these steps, your cat will then accept nail clipping without too much fuss.

Feline Care 101: Feeding and Cat Grooming
  • Gently apply on the top of the foot and the cushiony pad underneath that allows extending its claws
  • Next, use sharp cat nail scissors to cut off the white tip of each nail
  • Careful to avoid the quick, a vein that runs into the nail. It is a pink area easily seen through the nail. If you accidentally cut through the pink area, apply some styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • If the cat makes a big fuss, postpone nail clipping and reschedule when the cat is calmer. Continue to give massages until it gets used to your handling.
Feline Care 101: Feeding and Cat Grooming

Although there are several affordable pet grooming services available anywhere, it is still best to know how to care for your own cat. Owners have the responsibility to make their pet fit and happy after all.