How Do You Know If Your Cat Is Grooming Properly?
There Was This One Expression That You Probably Have Read Before.
It says, “The only self-cleaning thing in the house is the cat.”
Well, that’s probably a bit true. Cats have earned the reputation of being clean animals. They have the ability to groom themselves effectively without the help of any humans. However, this does not mean that you can ignore your cat’s grooming needs altogether just because they are always fresh.
There will still come a time when you need to groom and clean your cat yourself. So, it is a must that you know if your cat is grooming his self properly or not. In this post, that’s exactly what you will learn. Here are some of the things you can see in a well-groomed cat.
Check Their Coat
You know your cat is grooming his self properly when you see your cat’s fur healthy and clean. Upon initial inspection, you can certainly get an idea of whether he is clean or not. If your cat’s fur does not have dirt and tangled fur, then he is good to go.
Cat’s barbed tongue is the key to a cat’s cleanliness. With licking, they can remove loose and dead fur. They can remove the unpleasant smell from their body, get rid of fleas and other parasites, improve circulation, and eliminate dirt.
Now, there are things that your cat can’t get rid of fast and easy. It could include a stubborn smell that your cat may get from fighting a skunk, playing with chemicals, and getting into the trash. Sometimes, your cat may have gone through some muddy or dusty areas. In this instance, you may need to give him a bath.
Check The Ears
No matter how flexible your cat may be, he won’t be able to reach his ears with his tongue. That’s why you need to pay special attention to his ears. Usually, your cat can scratch his ears and get rid of some dirt and parasites.
Your cat is grooming himself properly if you see your cat’s ear to be healthy and free from foul-smelling odor, dirt, debris, sores, bleeding, discharge, scaling, lesions, and inflammation.
Check The Paws
Since your cat is walking and standing, it is inevitable that his paws would get dirty. However, cats are effective in cleaning their paws too. They can simply lick away all unnecessary dirt and debris from their paws.
You also need to check the paw yourself. There are parasites that are so good at hiding. They can go to the inner creases and folds of your cat’s paws where they can hide and silently feed on your cat. Check your cat’s paws and check the in-between of their claws.
While you’re at it, check your cat’s claws as well. They should be short and intact. Cats scratch surfaces to keep their claws clean and trim. However, if you see they are already too long, frayed or broken, it’s time for you to step in and trim the claw using a small pair of cat scissors.
There you have; the signs your cat is doing a good job in grooming himself. If you have other questions or clarifications, you may also speak to your vet. Ask for any advice. You can also do your own research to learn more.
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