Cats and their aloof nature give off the feeling they don’t need our help at all. The reality is they do need to be taken care of and one of the most important things they need is proper grooming care. Here are a few tips for getting your cat used to the necessary grooming habits they need to be healthy.
1. Start young, if possible
While this won’t apply to those who have had a cat for awhile or who are adopting an adult cat, if you can get a cat as a kitten, you can very easily shape it into the adult cat you want it to be. Kittens are amazingly tolerant of activities adult cats may sometimes dislike, such as receiving baths or even being picked up and cuddled.
Cats typically go through a moody adolescent phase similar to humans’ where they suddenly hate anything and everything you do. During this time, it’s important to keep your habits with them consistent. If you want them to be tolerant of you bathing them, brushing them, or clipping their nails, continue to do these activities through this frustrating time. Don’t get discouraged! The phase eventually passes, and if habits were started early and kept consistently, your adult cat will be much more tolerant of its good care. It may even enjoy it! This last part applies even if you are trying to start new habits with an already-adult cat. Consistency is key.
Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the services and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.
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SRC: Cat Grooming 101