Cat Grooming Cuteness

I groomed a little teeny long-haired white cat this Saturday. Wow. So much sweetness in such a little package.  She’s a clinger, a hugger. Velcro-kitty.  She plasters herself against me when I bathe her then again when I blow dry her, which works out because that way my wet uniform dries off, ha ha.

What feels better than being hugged by an adorable cat? Huh? Is there any feeling that’s better? I could eat her up she’s so cute.

She just had some extra fluff and clumped together fur on her haunches. Brushed her, bathed her, dried her, brushed her again, trimmed claws and she’s good to go.

Which Cat Requires More Grooming?

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If you guessed that the black domestic short haired cat —  a common house cat — requires more grooming, you’d be . . . wrong.

Sphynx cats don’t have much fur, as you can see.  Their body makes oil, just like other cats, but there’s no fur to absorb the oil.  Unless you want to see oily stains on your furniture, you probably should bathe them once a month or more. Not all cats are alike, so some are more oily than others. You will also see brown gunk on their claws. This should be cleaned off every so often.

You can get away with bathing a domestic short haired cat as infrequently as once a year. Brush them once a week and you’re good to go. Heck, some never get bathed, but from experience, I’d say it’s good to bathe them every so often because it helps get rid of shed fur that’s stuck to their coat.  Makes them lighter, fluffier, less prone to hairballs, and of course cleaner. After all, saliva is not the same as water. I bathe my cat about once a month because I’m addicted to the scent and feel of fluffy fur. She likes being adored, so it works out for both of us.

Sphynx cats are fun. Lively. Sociable. Be ready to bathe them though. Don’t expect a free ride! I’ve only been asked to groom Sphynx cats once.  They’re a whole different deal from furry cats. Their fragile appearance makes me nervous, but they’re probably as resilient as other cats once you get past the fact that they’re butt-naked!

 

 

Drying a wet cat

If you bathe your cat, you may have noticed that drying can take a long time.  Even a short-haired cat can stay damp for longer than you’d expect.

Groomer’s tip: Dry your cat with a towel using every bit of the towel, brush the fur, dry again with another towel, and repeat until the fur is no longer wet. If your cat lets you blow dry, then blow dry with the setting on low. If the cat is still calm, you can turn up the setting so the air flow is more powerful.  If your dryer gets hot, keep the dryer at least 8 inches from the fur and move the dryer around.  When in doubt, put your hand under the dryer to see how it feels. Cats have a higher body temp than we do, and tend to love heat, so your cat might love that hot dryer. Still, you don’t want to overdo it, because heat can do damage.  From experience I’ll tell you that cats are going to luxuriate in that heat, the hotter the better, but I don’t feel comfortable putting a heated dryer too close to them even if they seem to be craving it.

What if your cat is still damp?  Then it’s up to you to decide if that’s alright.  My feeling is that if a cat is still damp, but they are terrified of the dryer, let them go. Don’t force the full drying. It’s not worth it.

With some types of fur, you do need to fully dry the cat.  Some Persians, for example, will mat up right away unless they are totally dry. Mats can be uncomfortable. So you wind up deciding whether you want a matted cat or a cat who is really upset about being dried. There are ways to deal with this, like putting your cat in a room to let them mostly dry, then just blow drying them for the last bit of wetness in their fur.

Rubbar Ducky?

Can’t pick up your cat? Think like a rabbit.

A lot of owners don’t feel comfortable picking up their cats, so if you’re one of them, you have plenty of company.  It’s not that the cats are mean. It’s that the cats wiggle away while the owner is trying to get them. Sometimes the owner gets scratched because the cat is so wiggly.  There’s no hope you can trim your cat’s claws if you can’t pick them up. Picking a cat up is step #1.

Rabbits are similar to cats in that 1. their rear legs are powerful. Rabbits and cats both use them to kick.  2. they have claws that can scratch. 3. they can get wiggly when you’re trying to pick them up.

I like MediRabbit.com’s website because they provide clear, attractive drawings demonstrating the way to handle rabbits. You can use the same or similar methods to handle cats!

Lots of hunters live in NYC

I was looking at a site for survivalists. I wound up there because I was looking for information about the history of cats hunting in the service of people.  One of the survivalists was interested in acquiring a cat to kill rodents on his land. He wanted to know if some breeds were better than others for the job. Most of the responders said mixed breed cats are the best. They also said well-fed cats can be good killers, and that depriving the cats of food to get them to hunt is silly.

We wouldn’t have cats in our lives at all if they didn’t enjoy killing. That’s what made them useful in the first place.  Then we turned them into cuddle-bugs and status symbols and companions, but before all that, they were assassins for hire!

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