TNR cat grooming. Grooming a matted outdoor cat.

Got an email from a TNR (trap neuter return) group. One of their cats is pretty friendly and can be brushed for about ten minutes a sitting, but he’s matted. Here’s my reply. “Look, cat grooming is simple because it’s 99% about handling and 1% about tools. If you can handle the cat, you’ve almostContinue reading “TNR cat grooming. Grooming a matted outdoor cat.”

Furminator “burn” so bad it looks like chemical burn. Ouch!

Poor doggie! This is the kind of damage that overly enthusiastic use of a Furminator can do to an animal. The Furminator has stiff metal ridges. If you use it carefully and for a minute or two, it’s fine for getting out undercoat. Just don’t get carried away! See video.

No more hairballs

Throwing up hairballs isn’t natural. If cats still lived outdoors, shedded fur would be blown off or pulled off. In the home, fur detaches, gets licked into the throat and is either vomited out, or accumulates enough to create an obstruction if it doesn’t pass through the body.  Everyone has time for 15 seconds of brushing aContinue reading “No more hairballs”

So your long-haired cat needs to be groomed. Here’s what you need to buy.

I groom these two sweet-natured beauties once a month. (Jump to the middle of this post for links to grooming tools.) Even if your long-haired cat is another breed or a mix, you can use similar tools. If you are going to be grooming your cat monthly, it’s worth buying the tools and products. GroomingContinue reading “So your long-haired cat needs to be groomed. Here’s what you need to buy.”

Lush new fur coats now in season for your cat.

Longer days and less sunlight mean it’s time to change fur coats. Your cat does not need to have a winter fur coat delivered from the fur vault. Their coat change is “do-it-yourself.” Telltale signs that the feline coat change is underway . . . Tufts of dull-looking fur poking out here and there. More strands of furContinue reading “Lush new fur coats now in season for your cat.”

“My cat sheds too much!”

I’m going to lay it out straight, because I get too many calls from really sweet, really smart people who didn’t get the memo that the animal you adopted BECAUSE IT IS SOFT AND FLUFFY is an animal that is covered in fur. You want the kitty but no fur? There are cats for that. If youContinue reading ““My cat sheds too much!””

Cats never groomed themselves. Nature did.

The rain that washed away the dirt on your cat’s fur? Now that’s you. The mist on her face that cleaned away the grime? Now that’s you. The branches and leaves that rubbed her skin, tugging away dead fur? Now that’s you. The tree trunks she scaled that kept her claws short? Now that’s you.Continue reading “Cats never groomed themselves. Nature did.”