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Tip of the Month

1/31/2011 Proper Grooming Methods for Long-Haired Felines

If you have a long-haired cat, it is imperative for both their health and comfort that you regularly brush and groom them. Cats that have long and thick coats regularly shed so when they bathe themselves they end up swallowing the excess hair, which in turn causes them to vomit up fur-balls.

Luckily, it is not difficult to employ basic dog grooming methods to care for your pets, as long as you regularly attend to their brushing and sanitary needs. When it comes to long haired cats, you can guarantee that you will have to spend a certain amount of time brushing them. Using a fine-toothed brush is an excellent way to free them of extra fur without hurting them. Plus, a lot of cats actually enjoy being combed.

Sometimes if you neglect grooming your long-haired feline for a certain period of time, they can develop mats in their fur. If you do find a mat in your catís fur, do not, under any circumstances cut it out with a pair of scissors. Unless you are a professional who has attended grooming school and you have extensive experience with trimming cat fur, it can be extremely dangerous. Your catís skin is extremely thin and sensitive, and a mat can be deep-rooted in their fur, which makes it complicated to trim out. There is a possibility that you might hurt your cat by accidentally cutting her, so it is safer to use a different method to remove tangles.

There are plenty of detangling serums for cats on the market, so if you are faced with a knot in your feline friendís fur, go shopping at your local pet store and see what you can find. That way, you can combine the serum with brushing and comb the mat out without hurting your cat.

If you still cannot remove the mat, another solution is to shave the spot where the fur is tangled. However, if you have not taken pet grooming school it is strongly advised that you do not try to shave the cat yourself. If you do not have experience with complicated grooming, take your cat to your local groomer and have them shave her instead of attempting it yourself.

Remember, taking preventative measures ahead of time alleviates the stress and cost involved in taking your pet to a local groomer, so brush your cat regularly to ensure that she is healthy, happy, and content.

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