Cats are famed for their impeccable personal hygiene. They love to self-clean but at some point, they need human intervention to have a complete glam.
Cat grooming isn’t only about making your fuzzy friend look fancy. It’s also a fantastic way to bond with your kitten, plus grooming gets rid of dead hair, prevents the coat from having matted or tangled fur plus it gives you a chance to inspect your kitty’s overall health. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to groom a kitten;
Step-by-step guide on how to groom a kitten
If grooming is introduced early enough, it becomes an appreciated routine and it gets much easier for you.
How often and thorough you’ll need to groom your kitty will entirely depend on their coat. A short and soft coat will usually be okay with quick weekly grooming. Long-coated breeds, on the other hand, may need attention every other day as it can easily harbor fleas and ticks.
Cat grooming tools that you’ll need to groom your kitten
- Kitten grooming brush
- Kitten shampoo
- Flea comb
- Tail trimmer
- Ear wipes
Generally, most cats don’t like the idea of bathing but sometimes it’s absolutely necessary (once after a while). Most of the time, your kitty will do just fine with coat brushing.
How to brush your kitten’s coat
- Put your kitten on your laps and offer them the grooming brush to sniff. Cats are curious creatures and they’ll explore everything with their nose and mouth just to make sure it’s safe.
- Once they get comfortable with the brush being around them you can gently start to brush their coat. Start with their back completely avoiding sensitive areas like their belly and ears.
- This is just the introduction to the grooming routine so you want to keep the session short.
- Repeat the brushing process a couple of times each day increasing the length of each session. Try to gently approach the sensitive areas each time.
- After a few minutes of brushing offer your cat a treat for cooperating. This is a positive reinforcement that will greatly increase the chances of success with the progressive grooming sessions.
How to clip a kitten’s claws
Sometimes kittens go wild with scratching surfaces. At some point, you may also suffer an ugly scratch. To minimize the damages, you can trim your kitty’s tiny claws. Although the clipping the claws is painless (if done right) the process can be rather distressing for your kitten for the first few times.
The more you do the trimming, however, the more your kitty will become accustomed to this grooming routine.
- You want to make sure you familiarize yourself with your kitten’s claws before you begin the clipping.
- You’ll notice the kitten’s nails have two parts; a white long part curved towards the tip and an inner pink part.
- The pink part is known as a quick and it’s loaded with blood vessels and nerves so you want to avoid cutting that part by all means.
- Ideally, you should cut out the white part without getting too deep or close to the quick.
- For a start, you should just clip a single nail or two as you allow your kitten to embrace the experience.
- Remember to offer a treat every time your kitty cooperates.