Drying fur. Damp cloth more absorbent than dry?

Assumption. Use dry towel to wipe off water. When that towel becomes damp, get another dry towel to use. Do not use a wet towel to dry a wet cat. The assumption is wrong. According to answers at the Physics Stack Exchange, damp cloth > dry cloth for water absorption. “Take a really dry dishContinue reading “Drying fur. Damp cloth more absorbent than dry?”

Why does it take so long to dry cat fur?

Drying some long-haired or thick-coated cats takes up to half an hour, even when using a high-quality blow dryer. Why does it take so long? Fur can absorb more than 30% of it’s weight in water. Source:  Dhanesh Anderson, worked at Larsen & Toubro Engineering. Via Quora. “A hair in good condition can absorb moreContinue reading “Why does it take so long to dry cat fur?”

Allergy Season Sparks Cat Grooming Demand

What happens if you combine pollen, dust and cat dander, topped off by long walks outside within range of pollen-dispursing trees? Achoo!!  Sneeze time! Getting rid of one allergen helps cut down on allergen load. I get calls every year from owners who USUALLY do fine with their cat.  Then Spring hits and kaboom, they’re bombedContinue reading “Allergy Season Sparks Cat Grooming Demand”

Allergic to cat? Solutions. Part 1

  Dander and dandruff.  Let’s not get hung up on the difference.  They’re the same according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, while other sources define dander as specifically the “almost invisible skin cells that flake off.” “Dander is made up of tiny bits of dried skin that flake off your cat’s body and become airborne. This may soundContinue reading “Allergic to cat? Solutions. Part 1”

Winter Allergy Cats Uh Oh. sneezes, red eyes, meow!

Sitting inside watching the snow — yes, it’s pretty! — while breathing in dander, dandruff and cat fluff?  Windows closed. Heat pouring out of vents. Dry skin and dry nose. Perfect time for major allergy flare-ups. Grooming decreases shed fur, cleans off dandruff, and washes away dander (temporarily).  If I had cat allergies, I’d be on meds andContinue reading “Winter Allergy Cats Uh Oh. sneezes, red eyes, meow!”

Which Cat Requires More Grooming?

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 toContinue reading “Which Cat Requires More Grooming?”

Dealing with hairballs

Useful product suggestions in this article. See below. I use some of these products.   Not Having a Ball Dec 01,2015 by: Sandy Robins Hairballs are an unwanted bonus of cat ownership. Cats shed and ingest hair as part of their self-grooming routines. Fortunately, there are lots of different weapons of attack to fight theContinue reading “Dealing with hairballs”