Their tongues can do that?!
Cats are professional groomers in their own right. As animals who spend a good portion of their waking hours bathing themselves, you would think they would appreciate our efforts to keep them clean and healthy.
Yet anyone who has ever tried to groom a cat can attest to the challenge that is grooming your favorite feline. From the dreaded bath to the little details such as eyes, ears, claws, and teeth, many pets will put up a fight before they accept your tender loving care.
Taking your pet to a groomer will spare you a few band-aids and headaches. But is it necessary? Why take a meticulously clean animal for grooming when they do it every day?
Below we cover the reasons for grooming your feline as well as what you can expect when you take your pet in for an appointment.
Why Should I Take My Cat To A Groomer?
You may wonder why go through the trouble of grooming your cat when they’re so good at doing it themselves? Even though felines are masters of cleanliness, there are several reasons why they may need a little extra maintenance.
Indoor cats often require frequent nail trimmings for your sake as much as theirs. Claws are innate tools for felines, who use them for grip as well as for defense. Their natural inclination to sharpen their tiny claws can lead to expensive problems if you don’t trim them.
Your pet may also need baths to treat skin conditions or fleas, or frequent brushing to maintain their coat’s sheen and reduce shedding.
This is just a handful of reasons why you should take your cat to the groomer on top of their regular grooming habits. A full grooming does more than help with hygiene and keep Fluffy looking pretty.
It’s also good for your feline’s health. When you take your cat for a full grooming session every quarter, your groomer can inspect for parasites, lumps, bumps, and other health issues. This includes handling fleas and ticks, dandruff, matted fur, dental hygiene, and proper trimming of their claws.
What to Expect When You Take Your Cat to a Groomer
Groomers will offer often offer various grooming services and packages based on your pet’s needs. However, to cover all of our bases we will detail the most common services offered in a full grooming session.
1. Cat Groomers Offer Basic Nail Care
Keeping your kitty’s nails trimmed is an essential part of cat care. Cat groomers will trim up to the quick, which is the pink part of each claw that houses sensitive nerves and blood vessels.
When you don’t trim claws often enough, it can lead to a lengthening of the quick. However, with steady claw trimming it will eventually recede. It will require more frequent trimmings the first few weeks before returning to a manageable length.
However, maintaining short nails is important to prevent it from happening again. Most cat groomers provide this service on every visit, which may be every 4-6 weeks or sooner, depending on your cat’s level of care.
2. Cat Groomers Provide a Thorough Brushing and/or Trim
You should brush your cat on a minimum of a weekly basis. If your cat has long hair, you may groom them more frequently. However, even if you do this at home it’s good to take your cat to a groomer at least once a quarter.
Cat groomers go above and beyond your regular brushing session. They tackle matted fur and knots and provide a trim to long-haired pets who need a bit of maintenance.
For example, some long-haired cats have a tendency to grow fur between their toes. This can aggravate your pet, lead to accumulated litter box debris, or even impact their traction.
It’s important to let your groomer handle this task. Many cat owners don’t realize that their pet actually has whiskers near the back of their legs and near their pads. Groomers will know how to navigate this area without impacting these important tactile hairs.
They will also keep an eye out for any signs of skin concerns, such as lumps, bumps, lesions, or missing patches of fur.
3. Cat Groomers Can Safely Give Your Cat a Bath
Most cats aren’t a fan of water. Just the threat of a bath can transform your docile little angel into an angry honey badger. Thankfully, cat groomers have the skills and expertise to give your feline a bath without hurting themselves or your pet.
Most cats only need a bath when they have fleas, a dermatological condition, or very dirty or poorly managed coats. In this case, your groomer uses professional equipment. This includes recirculating bathing systems and drying systems that help clean your kitty quickly and efficiently.
They also go the extra mile to create a low-stress environment and put your cat at ease.
4. Cat Groomers Provide Ear Care
Cats aren’t able to maintain their ear care well on their own. A cat groomer will check the inner and outer ear to make sure it’s clean while making note of any:
- Bald Spots
- Caked Ear Wax
These are all signs that may require medical attention from a veterinarian.
5. Some Cat Groomers May Provide Dental Care
Dental care is another special service a groomer can provide. Even though cats don’t have to brush their teeth regularly like we do, they still need dental care to keep their gums and teeth healthy.
Some groomers may provide a teeth brushing service that will address and prevent plaque buildup. It will also make your kitty’s breath smell much better.
Coupled together, these services help to provide your pet a refreshing grooming service that improves their hygiene while helping you keep an extra eye on their overall health.
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