Kitty Grooming

kitten grooming - Kitty Grooming

Cats do not like to be dirty, they are naturally clean animals. The same too is true about kittens. From the very early stages in life small kittens can be noticed attempting wash themselves. There are occasions during their lifetime when they may not be able to groom themselves or the chosen breed is exotic (for example a long hair Persian) a breed that requires a little more TLC to maintain their coat.

Regardless of the desire to remain clean and in spite of what appears to be constant self-cleaning, don´t assume that your kitten will take kindly to you interrupting it´s grooming routine. One of the simplest ways to combat this problem is by you grooming your kitten from the outset. Get your kitten into the habit of combing and brushing once or twice a week, then in the future when a real hands on approach is required to maintain your kittens coat, will not be met with claws out.

The introduction of a bath to a kitten at this stage maybe a step too far in their eyes so why not ease them in slowly with a bath dish (minus the water) and a damp face cloth, however do this slowly every few weeks. Brushing and combing should be carried out more regularly. A perfect time for example is when they climb onto your lap in front of the TV. Simply keep a grooming glove or soft grooming brush to hand and gently comb in the same direction as the kittens´ fur. Slowly but surely your kitten should get used to this routine eventually giving acceptance in the form of a purr. For kittens with longer fur, you will need to allocate more time to this and try to do this at least 2 times a week to prevent the coat from getting tangled.

As your kitten starts to venture more, ensure that if they are permitted outside, that you put aside 10 minutes or so every week to run a flea comb through their fur. This means you will be proactively preventing or minimizing the possibility of fleas and if they are found, then swift treatment will prevent your pet from discomfort and your house from possible infestation.

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