Sometimes, owners get their cats groomed to keep them looking their best. However, the fact is that grooming is an integral part of your cat’s health and well-being. The amount of grooming your cat needs depends on their coat type, but adequate grooming is important for all cats. Here you’ll find information about why grooming is so important.
One of the main reasons to groom your cat is to prevent flea and tick infestation. Bathing will help to spot these pests and will also kill them. Remember also to combine grooming with “environmental treatment”, such as washing your cat’s bed and blanket, for a better outcome.
Brushing feels good to most cats, as they feel like they’re getting a nice massage, while removing dead hair. It stimulates new growth, brings your cat’s natural oils to their skin, and prevents matting on longer coats. Removing dirt and debris out of your cat’s coat will also make them more comfortable, preventing further matting.
One important part of the grooming process is cutting nails. Long nails can be unhealthy and uncomfortable for domestic cats, as they don’t use their claws as much as feral cats do. Overgrown nails can cause a lot of pain and discomfort and nail trimming must be included in the grooming process. Grooming also prevents ear infections, as it keeps the inside of your cat’s ears clean of wax build up, fluid, dirt and debris.
One of the greatest benefits of grooming is that your regular groomer will become more familiar with the marks on your cat’s skin, being able to quickly feel any underlying lumps and bumps and spot any changes on your cat’s skin. Early detection is important for all diseases, so using regular grooming to help go over your cat’s body will improve your chances of finding anything abnormal as soon as possible.