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Your Cat’s Grooming Needs

Kitties are very charming pets, and have many wonderful traits that have earned them their special places in our homes and on our laps. Fluffy is very cute and cuddly! She’s also very clean, and will take time every day to carefully groom herself. However, that doesn’t mean your furry little diva can’t use a helping hand with her beauty routines. A Bolingbrook, IL veterinarian discusses Fluffy’s grooming needs in this article.

Brushing

Regular brushings will benefit Fluffy in many ways. They will remove dead fur and dander from her coat, which will keep her fur smooth and clean. Because you’ll be trapping that dead fur with a brush, they will also help reduce hairballs, and cut down on the amount of fur you find stuck to your furniture. This is also a great way to spend time with your feline pal, and make her feel pampered, loved, and safe.

Bathing

Bathing your cat isn’t absolutely necessary, though you can if you want to, as long as your vet doesn’t object. Only use products made for cats: human shampoos are much too strong for Fluffy. We recommend putting a mat down first, to protect your tub or sink. You’ll probably want to wear jeans and long sleeves. (Full body armor is optional, but may be useful.) Fill the tub or sink with a few inches of warm water, and then put your furball in and gently lather her up. Rinse with a pitcher or teapot. Don’t get suds on your pet’s head: you can just use a washcloth on her face. When you’re done, gently pat your kitty dry with a soft towel.

Ears

To clean your furball’s ears, use a soft cotton ball and an ear-cleaning product made just for cats. Gently wipe the solution onto your kitty’s ear. Take care not to insert anything into Fluffy’s ear canal. If you spot any signs of ear trouble, such as redness, swelling, discharge, or foul odors, call your vet immediately.

Claws

If your cat goes outdoors, we don’t recommend trimming her claws. However, if Fluffy is an indoor cat, and you want to spare your furniture from getting scratched, you can cut her nails. Ask your vet for specific instructions. Or, just bring your pet in for a pawdicure!

Please contact us, your Bolingbrook, IL vet clinic, anytime. We’re dedicated to offering the best care around!

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