- Wire-and-bristle brush
- Two-sided metal comb
- Grooming mitt
- Cat shampoo
- Cat nail clippers
- Cat toothpaste and brush
- Ear-cleaning solution
- Cotton balls
- Bounty� paper towels
- Febreze� spray
- Swiffer� floor duster
Human grooming products can injure your cat. Use only products specifically designed for cats grooming to avoid injury.
Step 1: Start at the head and neck with the wide-spaced side of the comb. Comb down the body, following the lie of the hair.
Step 2: Pay special attention to mats behind the ears, under the legs and on the rump.
Step 3: Comb the cat a second time, switching between the wide- and the narrow-toothed comb as needed. Comb until you feel no more mats and you’ve collected all the loose hair.
- To remove large mats, gently pull them apart and comb them out, taking care not to hurt your cat.
- For shorthaired breeds, use a short-bristled, slightly stiff brush that won’t irritate the skin, or use a comb with close, small teeth. Brush or comb your cat every three to four days.
- For long-haired breeds, use the comb to remove the dead undercoat that frequently causes matting.
- A cat that is brushed regularly and frequently will not need a bath very often.
- Taking care of your cat’s coat helps control excessive shedding.
Step 1: Slowly wet your cat in water that’s close to her body temperature of 101.4 degrees.
Step 2: Lather your cat gently with a shampoo designed just for felines. Rinse her until the water runs clear, then give her one more final rinse. Even a small amount of shampoo lather or residue will cause your cat to froth when she licks herself. Avoid soap in the eyes. It can cause painful irritation.
Step 3: Wrap a towel around your cat to dry her as much as possible, then use a human hair dryer set on low heat.
- To avoid tangles with long- and medium-haired cats, comb the coat as you dry it. Shorthaired cats can air-dry.
- Have everything near and ready before you start: Shampoos, rinses, a soft towel and a hair dryer. Keep them out of reach of the cat so she doesn’t grab onto them.
- A waist-high sink or basin with a non-skid mat is the best place to bathe your cat.
- Bathing helps keep dander under control, which may help alleviate allergic reactions.
Step 1: Place your cat in your lap, facing away.
Step 2: Squeeze the toes between your forefinger and thumb, which will extend the claws. Hold your cat gently and talk softly to calm her.
Step 3: Clip the claws, being careful not to cut into the sensitive quick (the area of flesh containing blood and nerves beneath the toenail). Remove only the tip.
Nail Care Tips:
- Never use human clippers. They can split a cat’s nails.
- If your cat continually resists nail clipping, schedule a visit with your groomer or veterinarian.