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Cats are by nature very demanding, especially when it comes to grooming. Most of them like to do that job on their own, and they really do it very well. However, from time to time, your feline will need some outside help to maintain the beauty of its proud coat..
Brushing a cat regularly is an important task that some owners often overlook when believing that their pet covers that terrain. Brushing has a number of benefits: it helps keep hair in good condition, prevents skin from tangling, distributes natural oils in the dermis, promotes good circulation, and allows inspection of any hidden animals or lesions. Therefore, in this AnimalWised article, we want to offer you our recommendations for brushing your cat's hair, giving you the best tips for your pet to show off a beautiful and silky coat.You may also be interested in: How to grow my cat's hair?
Don't use the wrong brush
Before you start, make sure you have the right tool on hand. To do this, you should know that there are many types of brushes and combs for cats on the market, so do a preliminary research to select the one that best suits your feline's coat. Most brushes and combs are pretty cheap and well worth it..
For short hair felines you can use a "card ", which is the typical cat comb. When selecting the most suitable one, try to make it soft to make brushing a positive experience. We invite you to read the article " Brushes for short-haired cats ".
For long haired cats, dense and prone to breakage when brushing, using a comb or brush designed for short-haired cats is not recommended, as shorter teeth will not reach their undercoat; brushing would be useless and you would continue to lose dead hair. Ideally, opt for a double-sided brush or a metallic one, and use them very carefully so as not to break the hair or harm the animal. For more details see our article "Brushes for long-haired cats ".
General tips for brushing your cat's hair
Before we start, there are some things that we at AnimalWised can recommend that will help you the next time you want to leave your cat's hair shiny and silky:
- Always brush your cat in the direction of the hair, it might even be relaxing for him. On the contrary, continuous brushing against it will cause discomfort to such an extent that you will not be able to brush it for more than 1 minute..
- Get your cat used to brushing it from a young age. You can start as soon as you turn eight weeks old.
- Although it will not always be easy and there will be better days and worse days, always try to brush your cat's entire body, especially under the hind legs and behind the front legs, since they are the most problematic places..
- Take the opportunity. For example, if your cat is fast asleep on his back, it may be a good time to attack the paw and belly area..
- Divide the brushing into different sections if your cat becomes irritated and desperate. Today you brush one section and later or tomorrow another. This may take longer, but it may be more bearable for your feline and you will be less scratched. To avoid being scratched, don't miss our article in which we tell you what to do if your cat bites and scratches you.
- Long-haired cats must be brushed and combed once a day due to their delicate coat. For short-haired cats, a weekly fixed brush will suffice.
The trick is to get it right
To brush your cat's hair without problems, take your feline in your arms and sit with him between your legs in a place that is comfortable for both him and you. Close doors and windows so that it does not try to escape during brushing and you cannot reattach it. Pet your cat until he is in a spectacular, calm and relaxed mood; you'll know when he starts to lick you or purr.
Now, brush along her back with slow, delicate and long movements, from the tail to the top of the head. Observe if your cat is having any strange sensations that may lead to aggressive behavior, be alert to his body language. Check the brush from time to time to make sure there are no tangled hair, if so, comb the hair out and move on. Do not neglect the armpits and abdomen, these are areas in which many knots are formed and some go unnoticed because they are glued to the skin. Be gentle if you get tangles, try to soften them with a little baby oil and then comb.
If you find some knots that are very impossible to comb, do not pull them, since you could cause pain in the animal and tear the skin of your cat. Use a knot separator to cut them into smaller pieces or, failing that, carefully cut them with a small scissors (only if they are not too close to the skin). Also, like people's hair, you can start to untangle from the tip to the root, you will see how little by little they will soften.
Always, always, pamper and reward your cat with a treat after every brushing. It will help you relate this moment in a positive way.