While cats spend many hours of their day grooming themselves to perfection, it doesn’t mean that you can’t help along the way.
Grooming your cat is vital to ensure that they stay healthy, and this maintenance goes further than just being a ‘beauty’ routine. In fact, it gives you an opportunity to see if they have any signs of a health issue.
Cats also cannot remove very matted fur, so when something like this happens, they need third-party help. By using olive oil on matted cat fur, you can gently part the soft hair without causing any further problems.
In this article we show you how to groom your cat, and what benefits doing so has for both you and your pet.
What Are The Benefits Of Grooming For Your Cat?
There are many reasons beyond just looking good when a cat grooms themselves, whether by them or you.
Using an item such as a brush will help with their circulation. The movement will stimulate the blood flow, which helps when it comes to how the blood works its way throughout the body.
It can also improve muscle tone, as well as keep the fur smoother which in turn helps with insulation. This will keep your cat toasty throughout the colder months.
This is another good reason why it is best to remove any knots and matted fur.
When a cat grooms themselves, the benefits are more than what you might expect. When you see them working their way through the fur, the glands on the skin become stimulated to help keep the fur waterproofed.
The sebum that is secreted is spread around the fur and adds protection. When the weather is hot outside, this same sebum and the saliva from the cat’s tongue also helps to keep your pet cat nice and cool.
How To Groom Your Cat?
Here are some simple tips on grooming your cat:
- If your cat has long hair, then you will need to brush their fur with a steel comb every day. If your cat has short hair, you can comb their fur once a week using a metal fine-toothed comb.
- When brushing the cat's fur, always sweep it in the same direction that the hair naturally grows.
- If you come across any knots or matted fur, use something like olive oil to gently remove it. You may need to leave it soaking longer if the knot is bad.
- Some cats don’t like being groomed, so be gentle and patient with them. Offer them a treat as a distraction. When they are distracted, begin to brush their fur.
- When you are grooming your cat, always take a look for any potential health problems, cuts and scrapes, or fur issues (such as fleas). You may also need to check their ears, eyes, teeth and gums.
- Also check the claws of your cat. If you see any ingrown claws, take them to see the vet. You may also be unsure whether you need to trim the claws, so it is always best to get advice from a professional. Cats need their claws to climb, so they may not need to be trimmed.
- If your cat becomes stressed, give them space and try again later
How To Use Olive Oil To Groom Your Cat?
If you find that your cat has a knot or matted fur, it can be difficult to know what to do, especially if you don’t want to have to get the fur shaved off.
However, olive oil is a great known trick for getting tricky matted fur back to its normal self.
All you need to do is apply a small amount of olive oil onto your hand and then gently work it through your cat's matted fur.
If the matted fur is stubborn, then you can let it sit for a few minutes first before moving onto the next step. Once you are ready, use a brush to gently work through the area.
The knot or matted fur should be able to be combed through nicely. If not, then you will need to take your cat to the groomer!
You should start grooming your cat from a young age. This not only helps to build a bond between the two of you, but they become used to the process of grooming too.
Fortunately, cats do a lot of the grooming themselves. However, they need you to remove matted fur which they struggle to do.