Grooming Long Haired Cats, Here Is How To Do It

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Grooming Long Haired Cats, Here Is How To Do It

Grooming Long Haired Cats

While most cats usually groom themselves, medium to long-haired cats may need extra grooming in addition to it.

Generally cats are able to maintain their own coats and groom themselves. Their tongues are special with small spines which, when combined with their flexibility, help them lose  hair and dirt from different areas of their body.

Medium and long-haired cats can benefit from some extra grooming from their owners, and even grooming short-haired cats can be enjoyed by both.

Groom your cat when they are relaxed and happy and have already chosen to interact with you. Grooming is a  human touch, so you need to be familiar with the areas your cat likes to be touched before you start.

To start, hold out the brush to your cat to see if they choose to sniff and rub their face against it to deposit their scent. This is their way of making the brush smell familiar to them.

Cats enjoy being stroked around the face, so it is a good starting point with a few strokes of the brush on the head and cheek areas before moving elsewhere. Always groom in the direction of the cats fur. If your cat is comfortable or enjoying the grooming around the head region, move onto a few grooming strokes in between the shoulders and down the back.

The tummy area is sensitive for a cat, so a lot of cats prefer not to have this area touched. It’s a good idea to groom your cat in short bouts as this will help them feel in control. Allow your cat to choose whether or not they would like to rub a certain part of their body on the brush first.

Grooming sessions should be as long or short as your cat likes. Remember to take the brush away every so often and re-offer the brush as a way of checking that your pet is still comfortable for the grooming to continue.

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