Grooming Your Cat

Start When Cat Is Young

Grooming should be an essential part of your cat’s life. If you begin when she is young, she will become accustomed to grooming early in life and it will be easier to groom her as she matures. She may resist at first, but will soon come to enjoy the extra holding and petting you give during grooming time.

For longhaired cats, a long-toothed metal comb and a stiff brush are best. First your should manipulate the hair coat against the way it lays so it is fluffy then brush in the direction of hair growth. Brush shorthaired cats with a soft rubber brush or hand mitt with short bristles. Longhaired cats should be brushed daily and shorthaired cats at least once or twice a week; to help control your cat’s shedding and help prevent hairballs.

A cat sheds to a certain degree all year long, but especially in the spring and fall. Brushing is particularly important during these seasons to help rid your cat’s coat of dead hair. A sleek, lustrous coat reflects the good nutrition and careful good care you give her. Make sure you have your grooming supplies ready when you first get your cat so she can become accustomed to them.


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New Kitten

Introducing To The Family

If there are children in your house, especially small ones, introduce your cat to them gradually, during short periods of time. Frequent handling and gently playing are important, but children must understand that your cat is a sensitive, living creature. Teach the children how to pick him up and hold him. Slip one hand under his chest, holing the front legs gently but firmly with your fingers. At the same time, cup the other hand under your cat's hindquarters. Never pick him up by the scruff of the neck or by his legs. Children must learn not to pull the cat's tail or ears, squeeze or poke him, make loud, threatening noises or go toward him too rapidly.

A good way for both children and adults to play with a cat is to get down on the floor at his level to make him feel more secure. Remind children that even a small child can look like a giant to a cat. And a gentle cat may resort to scratching or biting to protect himself if he's frightened.

If there are other pets in the house, introduce them to your cat with care and caution. An older cat, male or female, will usually accept a new kitten and will eventually help take care of him. But do not leave them alone together until you are sure they are friends.

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New Kitten Cont"d.


Introducing Kitten To Your Older Dog


Most dogs and cats also get along, but this may take a little longer. There may be scuffles, hissing and barking, but there is every chance that before long they will be playing together. Again, it's smart not to leave them together unattended until you see the situation clearly.

And don't force your older animal to accept your cat immediately. Let him do it at his own pace.

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