7 Health Benefits of Grooming Your Cat

Cats naturally groom themselves but sometimes they can’t reach places. Or they are too obese to clean hard to reach areas of their bodies.

I have one Ragdoll breed cat and then one long-haired Domestic cat. Maverick (my Ragdoll) is the one that needs most of the brushing done.

Emma on the other hand doesn’t really shed and she doesn’t mat up, mainly because I give her a lion clip in the summer. And let her grow out in the winter.

My cats are part of the family, something a lot of people don’t understand. Same goes for my dogs and soon-to-be three Dumbo Rats (yes, rats).

It’s important to take care of your fur-babies like family too.

Health Benefits of Grooming Your Cat

  • When grooming your cat, it allows you to check for fleas or other parasites. This is beneficial to the health of your cat as well as the upkeep of your home. If you have fleas, you will need bomb your household and treat your fur-babies, both cats and dogs for fleas.
  • Allows you to check for skin abnormalities or any ear infections. If you have a cat that goes outside you might also want to check for ear mites.
  • Brushing your cat will reduce how much hair your feline swallows when he is grooming himself. This point is a big one for me as Maverick tends to get a lot of hairballs, then he throws up all the time.
  • Frequent grooming will help desensitize your cat to being handled and well-socialized. Me Emma girl loves attention but only from my fiance or myself. She’s not a social bug.
  • With long-haired breeds, grooming frequently can help tame the tangles and mats as well as prevent them from forming.
  • Grooming helps distribute the oils in the cat’s coat to help maintain the sleekness and beauty of his coat.
  • Your bond strengthens. Although, some cats completely hate grooming (like my Emma), it can still help build the bond between you and you’re furry feline.

As you can see, I got a lot out within the first few moments of brushing him.

And he was not a happy camper.

If you neglect the grooming of your cat there can be serious and hurtful outcomes. Working at our local pet store here in town we have seen so many cats come in with complete mats. Click To Tweet

I don’t mean the occasional matt here or there. I mean a full-out body matt. When grooming these kinds of cats, it is very hurtful to them as it pulls at their skin.

Do not neglect the grooming of your cat.

Normally, when I brush Maverick, it takes me maybe 15 minutes to do. It shouldn’t be that hard to find some time in your week to sit down and brush you fur-baby.

Looking for some good tools to use while grooming? Take a look below!
Conair Soft Slicker Brush – This brush is the best one that I have when I brush Maverick. It gets all of his undercoat and dead hairs out. He’s very good at laying there while I brush and this one makes it easier as it’s soft on his skin.

Small Animal FURminator – I do like this brush however, I don’t like it for Maverick as it doesn’t get much of the hair and it has a hard surface. Making it harder for me to brush him without scratching his skin.

Do you brush you cat often? What tools do you use? I always love hearing about new products that I can try!

By | 2018-02-15T04:27:16+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Categories|13 Comments

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Viktoria is small town, full time working mom, a police wife (soon to be) and an animal advocate. She specializes in pets and children, looking to inspire women in their twenties or early teens to live their best life, with their kids and pets! It might be tough but it's do-able and you can have fun doing it.

13 Comments

  1. Tenacious Little Terrier January 19, 2018 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Not a cat but Mr. N has long hair and it gets matted if I don’t brush regularly and even then it will mat somewhat due to harness/clothes and whatnot. Pets need regular grooming to stay healthy!

  2. Grooming the Tribe of Five is one of the best bonding experiences we have and it really helps keep the hairball issue at bay during shedding season.

  3. Jill - CharityPaws January 20, 2018 at 1:52 am - Reply

    We have a short hair cat — and do not groom her as much as we would like since she is not exactly easy to handle, but we do try just because of the “bonding” that we try to do with her. We have noticed a big decrease in fur balls as we continue to work on doing more brushing so that is definitely a great reason in itself to do more grooming – because furballs – well they are just gross!

  4. Beth January 20, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Our cat has short hair, but he doesn’t groom himself very well. He is tolerant of most brushing, but you can tell he doesn’t enjoy it. I’ve tried all kinds of different brushes, but it doesn’t seem to matter which one we use.

  5. Ruth Epstein January 20, 2018 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    When living in Israel I had two long haired cats and used to groom them nightly. LIke them, my fear with Layla my dog today is the matting so we have a nightly ritual of me grooming her, she loves it and gets all excited when seeing the brush so it does make life easy. Plus she knows there is a treat at the end. Great post

  6. Irene McHugh January 21, 2018 at 2:31 am - Reply

    I did brush Miss Bianca regularly, back in the day. She had longer hair, so she definitely needed help. My mom had found this gray stone thing. Looked kind of like a big pumice stone. I think she said that they were originally used on horses, but then people tried them on cats and liked the results. Bianca definitely liked it when I would “brush” her with the stone. And that thing pulled out a ton of loose fur. We both loved it.

  7. Talent Hounds January 21, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    My Nala hated being groomed but she had long hair and broke her jaw at 18 months so it became more and more necessary as she aged (She lived to nearly 18). Early on, I just did it with my fingers then moved to a brush. She would bite and scratch if it went near her tummy sometimes but she enjoyed around the head and back.

  8. Bernard Lima-Chavez January 21, 2018 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    As a vet tech, I’m the ONLY one who grooms my dogs! I’ve watched in horror as many (though certainly NOT ALL!) groomers handle pets in very unsafe ways. Since I know how to safely restrain a dog, clean ears, trim nails brush teeth, etc., and since I can make educated and informed decisions about the best equipment and products to use, I do this myself. However, I’m so glad you talked about the importance of grooming our pets as well as teeth brushing so pet parents know what to do and how!

  9. Dash Kitten Crew January 21, 2018 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    We groom our senior cats and the active juniors. A retractable slicker works really well.

    Teaching a cat grooming is good is worth it.

  10. Kamira G. January 21, 2018 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    I couldn’t agree more with all your points. I remember when my cat Dusty was alive I’d groom her with the furminator. Fabulous tool. No joke I’d have enough excess fur to have another furbaby! You’d be surprised at how much hair get eliminated. Less hair = less furballs!

  11. Sweet Purrfections January 21, 2018 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    I have two Silver Shaded Persians and they definitely need to be groomed on a regular basis. I use a comb (greyhound) most of the time. I reviewed some great products from Resco and am really impressed with the Resco Ergo comb. It has long teeth and really gets down to their skin without hurting them. I haven’t found a slicker brush I like yet, so I may try the one you recommended.

    https://sweetpurrfections.blogspot.com/2016/07/grooming-our-challenging-persian-fur.html

  12. Stephanie Seger January 22, 2018 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    These are some great reminders for dogs as well. Even my short haired dogs need to be groomed and it’s always important, like you say, to check ears and eyes and other parts for anything out of the ordinary. I use a Furminator comb like the one you pictured, only ours is about four times the size. 😂

  13. Cathy Armato January 23, 2018 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing these great grooming tips for cats!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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