Cats love grooming so spending time with your pet in this way is a great way to strengthen your bond.
It's also the perfect opportunity for you to check he’s in a healthy condition – with a clean, tangle-free coat and bright eyes, with no skin irritations or unwelcome parasites making themselves at home.
Most cats enjoy being brushed, but it’s also beneficial for them as it will help spread natural oils over their skin and coat.
These oils help keep your cat’s coat shiny and free from irritants.
Always make sure you brush your cat in the direction of fur growth.
Regular brushing also helps prevent the build-up of mats and furballs, especially if you have a longhaired breed.
Mats can become uncomfortable and even painful for cats so if you notice he has one try to gently brush it out.
If you can’t dislodge it seek professional help, never try to remove it with scissors as you might hurt your pet or yourself!
Always check your cat’s eyes and ears for a build-up of wax or discharge.
You can remove congestion around the eyes with a damp cotton ball or soft tissue.
Cats need to keep their claws in a good condition and clawing on a scratching post is their natural way of taking care of themselves.
It removes the husks and strengthens the keratin inside the claw.
When you brush your cat be on the lookout for signs of ticks, fleas or any skin lesions as they’ll need to be treated straightaway.
Apply a preventative treatment regularly and always read the instructions beforehand as products can vary.
To stop any parasites making themselves at home bedding should also be cleaned and changed regularly.
With the exception of a few water-loving breeds, most cats aren’t big fans of bathing.
Fortunately your cat should rarely need the help of a bath, but if they get particularly dirty or sticky one may be necessary.
Keep the water level low and gently wet him with your hands or a small cup – never spray or pour water directly over your cat’s head.
Always make sure you use a good quality shampoo designed for pets.
If your cat really dislikes baths, you could try using a soft, damp cloth or towel to give them a gentle rub down.
Extra cat care tips
- Don't groom your cat around other pets. When cats are on their back they feel exposed. If you have other pets try to keep them in a different room.
- Always end a grooming session on good terms. If your cat starts to get fed up, give them a good rub under the chin, treat them and then stop. Your cat will then start to have good memories of the last grooming session.