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Grooming for Cats

All grooming procedures are best introduced when your kitten is young so it learns to tolerate being handled. Special attention should be paid to the ears, feet, and eyes so that you and your veterinarian can easily examine these areas.

Brushing your cat’s haircoat helps control shedding, decreases hairballs, and improves skin condition. Your cat can be bathed and some cats even like it. We recommend PearlBrite Shampoo as an excellent shampoo for bathing.

Nails can be trimmed to moderate scratching. There is also a product available called Soft Paws. These are nail caps that can be placed on the nails to prevent damage from scratching. If you purchase this product for your pet you can ask your veterinarian for a demonstration on applying these nail caps. The caps do have to be replaced about once a month as they start to fall off.

Ear cleaning can be done on an as needed basis with recommended products and techniques. Please ask your veterinarian for a demonstration of how to clean your cat’s ears.

Senior cats that have developed a large number of mats that cannot be removed with brushing can receive a Lion Cut. During a Lion Cut the cat’s hair is shaved leaving the hair around the face, paws, and the tip of the tail longer. The cat looks and feels better without the sometimes painful and irritating mats present. If necessary, we can sedate the cat for this procedure if they are very anxious. Please ask your veterinarian if a Lion Cut is needed for your cat.

Regular dental care is also an important part of your cat’s grooming regimen. To prevent bad breath, tartar buildup, tooth infections, and tooth loss we recommend starting dental care today. Brushing your cat’s teeth daily with special toothpaste, regular oral exams by your veterinarian, and feeding primarily dry cat food can all help decrease the amount of tartar on your cat’s teeth and prevent tooth loss. If any problems are noticed when examining your cat’s teeth your veterinarian may recommend a professional cleaning. The cleaning can decrease tartar on the teeth and allows a thorough examination of the cat’s mouth.