Even though cats are very skilled at keeping their fur clean as they groom daily, they can still have a few problems. And some of these problems will require the help from her cat owners. Therefore, it is important for cat owners to recognize and understand what to do when these problems arise.
Needless to say, if you have a long-haired cat, then you will be dealing with fur issues on a routine basis. And if you are presently looking to get a cat, then you should understand that long-haired cats do require more maintenance-so be prepared.
Cleaning Dirty Fur
Most of the time, cats typically don’t require any washing as they do a great job of cleaning themselves. However, there will be times when your cat’s coat may become greasy or dirty, and you will need to give them a little help. And also understand that if your cat is light colored, then they might require a little extra attention.
If your cat is really dirty, then you will need to simply give him or her a bath. It is important that you use a soap or shampoo that is designed specifically for cats. Do not use soaps or cleaners that humans use. The important thing here is anticipating how your cat will be a when it’s placed in a tub of water. The first thing you need to do is make sure the water is at a comfortable temperature. Make sure it is a little warmer than room temperature. The best way to handle the cat in a bathtub is to rip them by the scruff of their net and use your free hand to splash water and gently clean its fur.
If your cat reacts too violently to being bathed, then there is dry technique that can be used. Get yourself a dry shampoo that is especially designed for cats. Also, you should realize that this type of cleaning is only available for short haired cats and should only be used if your cat is not very dirty. The way it works and that you rub the dry material into your cat’s coat and then you brush it out.
Dealing with Matted Fur
Matted fur is a condition that usually only pertains to long haired cats and let me tell you, it can be a huge nightmare. This is where dense globs of dirty unkempt fur build up over time. If you blow off cleaning your cat’s dirty fur, then you will be dealing with matted fur eventually.
In order to deal with matted fur, you need a special comb or brush that allows you to get under the mat and attempt to brush it out. DO NOT pull their fur out. If you cannot gently run this comb through it after a while, then you will have to shave it off.
Over time, your kitty will swallow lots of fur depending of their grooming habits. They eventually hack up fur balls that have accumulated inside their stomach and intestines. This is normal for the most part, but it is good idea to give them an edible lubricant to assist them in dealing with their ingested fur.
The best thing you can do for your cat’s coat is simply to brush them every few days – even more when they are shedding as warmer climates prevail. The added bonus of this is you get another chance to bond with your cat.