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How to brush your cat and maintain his coat?

Maintaining the coat of his cat is essential to keep him healthy. Indeed, the fur of our feline friends reflects their well-being, so it is very important to take care of it regularly. Be careful though, do not worry about it anyway, because with bad methods, even if you think well, it will do more harm than good.

Shampoo: a care that should not be abused

The first reflex that a human could have to take care of the fur of his cat, is often shampoo regularly, reflex often due to the comparison made between our hair and the hair of our feline friend.

Even if indeed, the shampoo is useful to preserve the good hygiene of the fur of its cat, it should however not be abused. Indeed, where a human will wash his hair three to four times a week to keep them clean and silky, this is a much too important pace for cats, who have much more sensitive skin than us. In addition, our feline friends are themselves very conscientious about their hygiene. Thus, washing them three to six times a year will be more than enough, except of course in exceptional circumstances where it becomes necessary (when it becomes covered with mud, for example).

Be careful also never to use a shampoo for humans on these small balls of hair. Instead, prefer a specific shampoo for the cat, which will have a neutral pH, thus irritating the skin much less. For long-haired cats, applying a detangler after shampooing will be very beneficial, as this will prevent knots from forming.

To shampoo a cat, preferably two, most of them hate to be wet, so there is great risk that it will struggle. Have a shampoo suitable for your coat (available from a veterinarian or in most pet stores), and a towel. Wet the cat's coat thoroughly with lukewarm water so as not to make the operation more unpleasant than it already is, avoiding the head. Then apply the shampoo, leave for a few minutes, then rinse it so that there is no trace left, it could stick the hair between them. Finally, dry it well with a towel, and finish giving it a small reward well deserved.

Finally, know that for cats really too reluctant to water, there are dry shampoos that do not need to wet the animal. This product can however only be used as maintenance of the hair, it will not be effective on a particularly dirty cat.

Brushing: an essential care

Brushing your cat regularly is an essential act to maintain your coat. This will stimulate her skin and muscles and give her a little massage far from being unpleasant.

In addition, it will remove a lot of dead hair, especially during periods of moult (spring and autumn), during which the cat will lose a lot of hair he may swallow during his toilet, forming thus balls of hair in his stomach that he could be led to regurgitate.

How to brush a short-haired cat?

It is very simple to brush a short-haired cat. Just bring a soft brush and brush if possible daily, or at least once a week. It will first brush in the direction of the hair to remove the dead hair, then back hair to remove the undercoats died. Do not hesitate to brush after each shampoo.

How to brush cats with medium or long hairs?

Brushing cats with mid-long or long hairs is a little more complicated to do, since the hairs tend to tangle and form knots. While one can only brush a short-haired cat once a week, a cat with medium or long hairs will require daily brushing.

For our long-haired friends, a soft brush will not suffice. It will be better to bring in addition to a specific comb for this type of coat.

Start by putting the soft brush in the direction of the hair, and then turn the hair back to remove the dead hair. Then do the same with the comb to unravel. Here too, do not hesitate to brush after each shampoo.

If the tangled hairs are too tough, there are Furminator brushes, known for their high efficiency.

However, be careful not to force too much because, in some cases, tangled hairs eventually become knots, and too much force could hurt your little companion, without removing the knot.

What are the problems related to the nodes and how to get rid of them?

Node problems are real plagues for long-haired and medium-haired cats. In fact, these too much tangled hairs pull on their skin, which eventually irritates them, or even cause crusts, dandruff, and often, itching. On top of that, nodes are places where parasites like fleas love to lay their eggs. It will be better to remove them as soon as possible.

If the Furminator comb or brush was not enough to untangle these knots, there will be only one solution: cut them. Prefer to use scissors with round ends to avoid the risk of injuring the cat, and have help to hold it and avoid an accident.

If you are ever afraid of hurting your pet, do not hesitate to call a groomer or a veterinarian who can do it safely.

Diet: a major role for your cat's coat

Tout comme l’alimentation humaine joue un grand rôle dans la qualité de notre peau ou de nos cheveux, celle des chats a aussi une influence sur la qualité de son pelage.

En effet, il est fréquent qu’un chat nourri avec de la nourriture de mauvaise qualité ait le poil gras et terne, des pellicules, même des problèmes de peau. Préférez donc nourrir votre chat avec de la nourriture de bonne qualité, en veillant tout particulièrement à la présence en quantité suffisante de protéines, de vitamine A ainsi que d’acides gras essentiels, des substances jouant un grand rôle dans la bonne qualité de son pelage.

Les aliments à base de saumon ou contenant de l’huile de saumon sont particulièrement connus pour être bons pour la peau et le pelage de nos animaux de compagnie, n’hésitez donc pas à en prévoir régulièrement dans son alimentation.

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