While cats are beautiful on their own, you need to understand that caring for their appearance and health requires some effort. Cats naturally have a wonderful, sleek coat – moreover, our pets are biologically programmed to constantly look after it. A cat’s rough tongue is a kind of small brush that your pet uses when washing to remove dead hairs. In addition, by licking the fur, the cat stimulates the glands that secrete special substances to protect their own fur. Our pets are extremely smart and quick-witted, and therefore, realizing that their own efforts to care for the coat may not be enough, they often rely on outside help – for example, to detangle stuck hair or remove the formed hairballs.
How often and carefully you need to care for your kitten’s fur depends primarily on the characteristics of your pet’s fur. Short-haired cats generally require a short and quick brushing of their hide once a week or so, while long-haired breeds require daily grooming with special tools and cleansers. This is why it is imperative that you consult with a breeder or pet hairdresser in advance about grooming your pet’s coat.
Special care is required for the coat and, therefore, require special care for the coat and, therefore, require special care for the coat, you can indicate the cleanliness of your pet not on the floor, but on some other surface, on the table (most importantly, it was non-slip). This will allow both you and your pet to feel comfortable during the entire procedure.
While your kitten is still very young, try to instil in him a love for grooming and grooming. This can be milked as a reward – for example, put your pet on a table where you plan to constantly brush his fur in the future, and give him a good caress – or give him some tasty treat. By acting in this way, you will very soon achieve that this table will be associated with your furry friend at the same time with grooming and with some kind of pleasant encouragement.
How to clean a kitten’s fur?
- Place the kitten on your lap and let the brush sniff around. Once your pet realizes that she is completely safe, he, like many other cats in a similar situation, can rub his face against the bristles of the brush.
- Begin brushing and smoothing your pet’s fur, doing everything very gently and carefully. Start at the back of the kitten and then work your way down to the sides.
- While grooming, constantly praises the kitten for its calm demeanour. Talk to him in a soft, quiet and soothing voice.
- Put the brush aside every few minutes and just stroke your pet. This alternation is an integral part of the grooming process for a kitten’s coat. Also, don’t forget to offer your pet a treat from time to time as a reward.
- Repeat the cleaning procedure several times a day, gradually increasing its duration.
- As soon as the kitten gets used to grooming and feels absolutely comfortable and calm, you can proceed to clean its abdomen, tail, ears and other sensitive areas.
- Be as gentle as possible and make sure grooming your kitten’s fur isn’t too tiring for your pet. These procedures should be very short at first. You shouldn’t be in a hurry, because the most important thing now is that during grooming the kitten feels calm and absolutely comfortable. If you notice signs of boredom or anxiety in your pet’s behaviour, then try not to touch-sensitive areas on his body and return to brushing the fur on his back again.
While the kitten is resting and enjoying grooming, you can quickly examine its body in parallel. Here are a couple of tips that you might find useful when doing this kind of “home” inspection:
- Feel your pet’s paws gently, checking the sharpness of its claws and the mobility of the fingers. Start by touching just one claw to get the kitten used to the sensation – and of course, don’t forget to praise your pet or even give him a little treat. Next time while grooming, try touching and examining two claws. In the future, continue in the same spirit, gradually accustoming the kitten to new sensations – until your pet feels completely calm.
- If at the end of the grooming procedure your kitten hums serenely and looks absolutely happy, then take a moment and carefully look into his ears or gently open his mouth and take a quick look at his teeth and gums.
- When you finish grooming, do not forget to pet and pet your pet – after all, he really deserves it!
How to care for a kitten’s claws?
When your pet is climbing a tree or using a scratching post, it may inadvertently break off the tip or top layer of one of its claws. However, you don’t need to worry – this is quite normal! Your pet’s claws are multi-layered, and if their top layer suddenly breaks, then under it there is already a new, even sharper one. This is why you will often find your cat’s claw husks near their favourite climbing spots. If your pet is active, healthy and prefers to spend a lot of time outdoors, then you probably should not trim his nails. At the same time, domestic and elderly cats need to periodically clean and trim their nails – this is the most important, integral part of caring for your pet.
How to cut a kitten’s claws correctly?
- Try from an early age to accustom the kitten to the idea that you will trim its claws from time to time. It would be a great idea at first to just pretend that you are going to trim your pet’s claws – to do this, simply press lightly on the kitten’s fingers in the appropriate place so that its claws come out, and immediately praise your pet for this or give him some tasty treat.
- If you are clipping your kitten or an adult cat, it is extremely important to know how to do it correctly. Of course, no one wants to hurt or injure a pet by hitting alive or sensitive part of its claws. Therefore, the best option would be to first contact your veterinarian, who will demonstrate how best to cut your kitten’s nails, and also check how correctly you do it. Moreover, if you prefer not to cut your pet’s nails on your own, then the veterinarian will gladly do it for you.
- Examine your furry friend’s claws at least once a week, not forgetting the so-called “arrived claw” located on the inside of your pet’s paw. This claw rarely touches the ground and therefore often grows too large, especially in older cats.
- As you examine your cat’s claws, be sure to take a quick look at the paw pads to make sure they look healthy, clean, and tidy too.
- Cats, like humans, can experience pain from ingrown toenails. If you suspect that your pet’s claw has grown into its paw, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible, as this problem may require medical attention.