Cats are known for their meticulous grooming habits. In fact, kittens begin grooming themselves at just 15 days old! It ranks just below sleep as a priority for them, so cats will spend time grooming themselves each day. But they also need proper grooming by their human companions for optimal health—and beauty!
While cats are great groomers, there are certain added benefits that we as owners can provide.
Generally, a short-haired cat only needs to be brushed once a week. Before brushing, eliminate dead hair by using a glove brush to massage his skin against the natural direction of his hair. Then, going in the same direction as his hair, use a soft brush, ideally with natural bristles, to avoid damaging his skin.
Mid- to long-haired cats need to be combed for at least a few minutes each day. Ideally, choose a large-toothed metal comb so you can better penetrate the coat. Just be careful not to penetrate his skin.
Make grooming a routine early with your kitten so that it becomes a positive experience. If you seek any skin irritation while grooming your cat, make sure you check with your vet.
Keeping our cats beautiful is part of keeping them healthy. Check out Royal Canin’s specially designed cat formulas for skin and coat health and our newsletter for more grooming tips and tricks.