Grooming may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to kitten care, particularly as cats are well known for their own fairly fastidious grooming practices. Nevertheless, it is a highly important part of her health and wellbeing. By getting her groomed regularly, you can help ensure early diagnosis of a variety of problems, including flea infestations, in grown claws and ear infections. In fact, you may be able to prevent some of them altogether.
Most experts recommend that you get your kitten used to being groomed from a young age. Not only will this make things much easier for her (and you!) in the future, but it will also help to ensure that her coat and body is in optimal condition straight away.
Some grooming practices can be undertaken yourself, and indeed daily brushing is recommended for keeping her fur healthy and looking fantastic. However, other grooming services can be trickier and more time-consuming, and many owners prefer to leave these to the professionals. If you haven’t taken your kitty to be groomed before, you probably don’t really know what to expect. To help you feel prepared, here is what you can typically expect to be included in your kitten’s grooming appointment.
Brushing your kitten
While you should be brushing her daily yourself, your professional groomer in Gastonia NC can take brushing to a whole new level and will dedicate a good percentage of the appointment to ensuring that there are no tangles or matted fur. Brushing will remove any dead or loose hairs, skin cells and dirt/debris. It will also stimulate her body to make oils to lubricate her fur, leaving it looking shiny and healthy.
Bathing your kitten
Most owners realize that the vast majority of cats dislike the water. That said, if you can get her used to it from a young age, your kitty may turn into a feline that actually doesn’t mind getting wet. Nevertheless, whether she loves it or hates it, she does need a bath from time to time. This can be stressful if your feline does everything she can to prevent getting in the bath. Fortunately, professional groomers in Gastonia NC are well-practiced in handling anxious, stubborn and difficult cats!
Cleaning her ears
Your kitten’s ears are as delicate as your own. They can also become clogged with wax, dead skin and hair. Your groomer knows the best way to clean her ears without hurting her, leaving them healthy and her hearing clear.
Trimming her claws
The claws are a very important part of a cat’s body and a great deal of their agility stems from their use of their claws to climb, jump and grip. Cats also use their claws as a weapon, grasping onto mice, birds and anything else that they might want to capture. A scratching post and plenty of time outside will help to prevent her claws from getting too long, but regular trims are still necessary. Claw cutting is something that many owners prefer to leave to professional groomers since they worry about their kitty staying still and their ability to cut them properly. Exactly how often your kitten’s claws will need trimming will depend on how fast they grow.
If you would like more information on grooming practices you can expect to be offered when you take your kitten to the groomers, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for your kitty to visit our expert grooming team, please contact our veterinary clinic in Gastonia NC at 704-824-9876 today.