Hi! This blog is about cats and their care. Together with a veterinarian from Texas, we’re writing about how to take care of your cat if you’re new to it, how to keep your cat hygienic, how to take care of her health and much more. You’ll find all the answers to your questions when you first meet your favorite kitten.
Let’s start with a simple one:
The cat has a reputation for being a very clean animal. Cleanliness is instinctive to him, since the toilet is the first link between the mother and her kitten: body care, in fact, is one of the many activities in which the kitten manages to get away with it alone.
The time your cat spends taking care of her beauty is a rather large part of life: whether she lives in the city or in the countryside, she will spend many hours licking herself, doing every stunt to reach the most hidden parts of her body.
The toilet has several functions: hygiene and cleanliness, cooling (when it is very hot, licking, the cat makes sure that the saliva with which it wets the coat evaporate, avoiding overheating), body temperature control (the fur, to be a sufficient defense against the cold, must always be smooth and in order).
The cleaning of the coat responds to some needs of the cat: licking the hair absorbs vitamin D and activates the sebaceous glands whose secretions waterproof fur and give the coat a healthy and shiny appearance. In addition, it is often an effective remedy for cats against boredom or stress from brawls, love affair, or veterinary visits.
Sometimes, however, the cat’s attention to itself is not enough to ensure proper cleaning. In this case, it is the owner who has to help him in the care of his beauty.
First of all, even if your cat doesn’t like water, you should get used to bathing from an early age. A bowl of lukewarm water, shampoo suitable for your cat’s coat, a sponge towel, a silent hair dryer are all you need, along with the right dose of patience. Treating your cat’s beauty takes time.
In particular, owners of long-haired cats will need to arm themselves with energy, calm and good will. Even short-haired cats should be brushed, but on a weekly basis: they will never match their long-haired friends who require long and complex brushing operations, especially during wetsuit periods.
Brushing stimulates sebum secretion which ensures the impermeability of the coat, has a toning action, prevents the cat from ingesting excessive amounts of hair (hair balls) with consequent digestive problems (from constipation to intestinal occlusion).
Also in these cases the pet shops come to our aid: there are many products and accessories designed for the beauty of the cat.
However, taking care of your cat’s beauty also means cleaning her eyes, ears, nails and teeth. The eyes should always be clean and bright: just use a cotton ball soaked in chamomile, boiled water or saline. For the ears it is advisable not to use sticks (they are dangerous), but self-cleaning milk, practical and effective.
The teeth tend to be covered with tartar: it can be removed with the use of special toothpastes, but since the cat hates that the mouth is opened, it is better to have recourse to the vet, who will clean the teeth under anaesthesia.
Finally, the nails, if necessary, can be adjusted in length by cutting them with a cutter. It is important to avoid carefully cutting the pink part of the nail: acting only on the white part the cat will not feel any pain and will not run any danger.