“I just adopted a cat. Is it a good idea to groom adopted cats?”

If you just adopted a cat, congratulations!!!!!! You have so much fun, excitement and love ahead of you.

Should you have your newly adopted cat groomed? I think so, and that’s not just because I am a cat groomer:).

If your cat was in a shelter, I can almost guarantee that the shelter staff were too busy to brush the fur, wash the fur, or trim the claws of your cat. I bet they didn’t have time to check your cat’s ears for waxy buildup.  I bet they were too busy saving lives to de-shed or de-mat your cat. They did their job, which was to find a cat a good home. Now your job is to make sure your cat is clean and comfortable.

If you purchased a cat from a store, I doubt your cat was groomed. I know people who have worked at pet stores. There may be a few exceptions, but store employees are not trained in cat grooming. Selling the cat is the priority, not grooming the cat.

If you adopted from a reputable breeder, your cat has probably been groomed before. You just need to continue the grooming sessions.

Did you adopt from out-of-state? I would suggest washing your cat. Most cats get a little messy during travel. They do their  best to clean up, but even that wonderful Brillo pad known as their tongue has its limits.

So yes, please do groom your newly adopted cat. Your cat will be a better house-mate with clean fur, clean ears and trimmed claws.  That is a civilized cat, prepared to enjoy human companionship with elegance and grace:)

Clean cats are better house-mates
Clean cats are better house-mates

Canine influenza can be transmitted to cats

File under “things I did not know.”
(That would be a bulging file weighing 5 gazillion pounds.)

Research from the wonderful Winn Feline Foundation

Canine influenza can be transmitted to cats
Jeoung HY, Lim SI, Shin BH, et al. A novel canine influenza H3N2 virus isolated from cats in an animal shelter. Vet Microbiol 2013;165:281-286.

Influenza viruses infect many species of animals, and are noted for their ability to cross species lines. A type of avian influenza virus known as H3N2 jumped to dogs, causing illness in 2007 in Korea. This report describes the isolation of this same canine influenza (H3N2) from an outbreak of respiratory disease in a Korean animal shelter.

An outbreak of respiratory disease occurred in the dog and cat populations at a shelter in Korea with a significant mortality rate. An influenza virus was isolated from this outbreak, including from cats at the shelter. Genetic analysis of the virus isolate found it to be very similar to the H3N2 isolated from dogs in 2007. The investigators speculate that the virus originated from the dog population at the shelter and spread to the cats housed in the same building. This demonstrates once again the ability of influenza viruses to transmit across species lines, and indicate that cats may play a role in the epidemiology of influenza viruses. [MK]