Help your feline friends with a regular brushing and care routine
All cats are unique, some do not want to be brushed, others may really enjoy it.
By nature, they are very choosy. Many prefer to take care of themselves and can spend hours everyday grooming and washing. However, sometimes they may need some help in maintaining their coat. In particular, long-haired cats might need more frequent brushing than our short-haired friends.
Many cats will moult even more during the hotter months, so more regular brushing may be required.
Helping them stay cool
During the summer months help your feline keep cool by putting a fan on near an open door, if your kitty becomes too hot she will appreciate this. Consider putting a frozen water bottle in front of the fan to help keep the air from the fan even cooler.
They need to relax in a cool dark area, make sure there is plenty of fresh water near them.
Removing excess fur
The most important thing is a clean cat is a happy cat. This includes keeping their eyes clean, ears, claws, teeth, skin, and fur. Always speak to your veterinary expert if your cat doesn’t like to be groomed.
If you blessed to have a companion feline in your life, then you know that losing their hair is part of everyday life. During the hotter months moulting, can in fact increase. Their hair can stay on upholstery and potentially aggravate or cause allergies.
Help by brushing them regularly, which will help to reduce the amount of hair around the home.
Having a grooming routine will help you to bond and help them to reduce how much they swallow during their washing sessions, which will hopefully result in fewer hairballs.
Take your time when buying the right brush, perhaps you could choose two of them, one to help tackle those tangles and mats and the other could be a softer one. With so many brushes to choose from it’s worth a little research, especially if you have a long-haired companion.
Every animal is unique, some like being brushed and others may not. Introducing a brushing routine as early as possible is essential to building a trust and of course a wonderful bond.
Because fur can tangle and turn into mats, these can be uncomfortable for them and even painful, so brush those mats away as soon as possible!
This also helps to keep their skin clean because brushing helps to remove debris and dirt. It also spreads their natural oils (which the skin produces) over their coat and helps to keep it shiny.
It’s essential to have a grooming routine and they will thank you for it.
Skin and Fur Care
Most felines wash themselves and look after their hair. However, as a responsible guardian, you need to keep a look out for any unwanted dirt and help to keep them in tip top condition.
Brushing helps to remove skin flakes and stimulates the blood circulation, which helps keep their skin in good condition. The older your cat gets they may need more help with their cleaning.
It’s always important to keep a look out for signs of an excess washing or licking because these could be things like allergies or parasites, often more evident during the hotter months. Always seek veterinary assistance if you are worried or want to check on their health.
Shedding is natural
This is a natural way for their coat to shed dead hair. Although, if you notice any significant loss of hair or bald patches it is best to check this with a veterinary expert.
Especially if you have an outdoor kitty, always check their paws and claws. If they are dirty, clean them with lukewarm water on cotton wool. Ensure there are no wound and keep it as clean as possible to avoid any infection.
Regular check-ups with a veterinary expert will help to keep a close eye on your cat’s teeth, helping their mouth and teeth stay healthy. Always discuss their diet with your vet to ensure they are having a good balance.
Always check their eyes for dirt, crust or any changes. Any concerns, always visit your vet for a check-up.
Look out for potential problems with the eyes like crusty bits, eyes appear closed/closing, red or white eyelid linings, discharge, cloudiness or a change in eye colour.
Many feline eye conditions can be treated with vet-prescribed drops or ointments – your vet will advise you accordingly and even show you how to apply eye and ear drops at home.
Regular vet check-ups, vaccinations and boosters and your own checks on their wellbeing and health all helps towards keeping your feline friend happy and healthy.
One of the many ways to check your feline is happy and healthy, is by their body language. They are the first ones to tell you when something is wrong. Bonding with them is a wonderful privilege, one which can help us determine their health and happiness.
Always seek veterinary expert advice if you are worried or have any concerns about your companion animal.