Cat fur should feel like a baby bunny

Do you know what you’re missing?

My cat, Emma, has fur so soft that she feels like a baby bunny. Does your cat’s fur feel like a baby bunny? It doesn’t? Oh dear!

Here’s what you do:

1. Use a Luv Glove and/or Zoom Groom to get out as much dead fur as possible.

2. Bathe your cat using high-quality, gentle shampoo.

3. Blow dry using a high-velocity pet dryer.

4. Run your hand over your cat’s fur and say, “Wow!”

(alternate method to replace first 3 steps:  Call a cat groomer.)

Emma says "I'm a bunny in disguise."
Emma says “I’m a bunny in disguise.”

 

Acepromazine NOT good choice for grooming

If your cat reacts in a way that could endanger the cat or the groomer, medication may be needed. Ace is commonly prescribed. It is not a good choice. Many groomers will not groom a pet sedated with Ace. Why? The cat will be hypersensitive to noise, so the sound of clippers and the dryer could cause panic. The cat is aware of what is happening but unable to react in a logical way or understand the situation. That’s a recipe for panic. Cats can and do bite while on Ace. Not to mention the fact that it is unkind to put them in a situation in which they are fearful yet helpless.

This video by a veterinarian explains why.

Also, read the Feline Handling Guidelines in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 2011. They are against the use of ACE.

 

Cat bathing stimulates skin

Let’s face it. Even though we do everything we can to give our cats a great life, there are some things that are missing. A house cat will never feel warm summer rain on its fur. A house cat will never roll in deliciously scented dirt. A house cat will never feel the massaging of leaves and twigs, scratching in just the right spots.

When I bathe a cat, I wear loofah-type gloves, massaging their skin. I try to give them a little of what nature would have given them.

Do cats like baths? Some do. Some don’t. But their skin likes the loofah, of that I am sure. Less dander, more shine.

Spring is coming! More light means more shedding. Call a groomer!

Cornell Veterinary College writes, “The amount a cat sheds depends on the natural light available to him.”

Longer days are almost here. If you want a house that isn’t layered with fine cat hair and dander, brush, brush, brush. If you don’t have time, take advantage of the fact that you live in the greatest city in the world, a city where you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do, because there’s a professional nearby.

Instead of “There’s an app for that,” say, “There’s a cat groomer for that!”

Cornell University Vet Med School Promotes Cat Grooming

“Grooming is also a preventive health measure. Regular brushing or combing gives you a close-up view of the cat’s skin and coat condition, allowing you to spot the early signs of disease…Brushing or combing the coat helps remove fur before the cat swallows it, reducing the incidence of hairballs, a plus in any owner’s book.”  (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Feline Health Center.)

I offer weekly brushing and combing appointments. If you’re too busy to brush your cat, call a groomer.

 

What happens if you don’t trim cat claws?

The claws grow longer and longer, eventually becoming long enough to get snagged on furniture — or on you. Ouch.

For some cats, things get much worse. I’ve seen cats with claws embedded in their paw pads. It happens more often than you’d think. The most common scenario is an old cat living with an old person.  The owner loves her cat but due to poor eyesight, doesn’t see the disaster that has befallen her cat.

Happens more often that you'd think!
Happens more often that you’d think!

Soft Paws for cats: Pro and Con

Applying tiny plastic covers to cat claws isn’t the easiest thing to do.

I prefer simply trimming the claws, but sometimes that’s not enough.

Soft Paws need to be re-applied every 4-6 weeks. Try the brightly colored Soft Paws, because you can easily see if they’ve come off.

Good candidates for Soft Paws claw covers:

The elderly, people with health conditions causing thin skin or bleeding problems, small children, cats with health conditions causing thin skin/bleeding problem/chronic itching/OCD issues, aggressive cats, households with antique furniture, cats that bat their owner’s eyeballs, cats that get stuck to the rug.

Soft paws are bad for:

Outdoor cats, cats owned by people that can’t maintain a 4-6 week Soft Paw schedule, some OCD nail biters.*

*Thanks to cat groomer Beth Cornell Rex for this description of who should and shouldn’t use Soft Paws.

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