Cat Health & Care

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Health is wealth, both for our feline friends and their two-legged owners, who can be spared eyebrow-raising veterinary expenses with annual check-ups, proper exercise and diet. Our cat health and care section provides expert advice on everything from cat grooming to parasite prevention, cat dental care, alternative treatments and more. Learn the basics of cat first aid and read up on the tools you should have on hand in the event of an emergency. Whether you’re curious about heartworm treatment, plants that are toxic to cats or the proper way to trim your pet’s nails, we've got your back when it comes to cat health.

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How to Get Your Cat to Accept Grooming

My cat was terrible to groom when I first got her. She had to be completely shaven as she had fur "wings" off her body at least eight inches out. What worked for us was shaving her completely, and then I would give her two days with the grooming tools out next to the treats. The next day, when she was letting me pet her, I'd casually pick one up, but I wouldn't use it on her. We did this for probably about three more days. Eventually, I found out that she really loves getting her face scratched. So I started using the greyhound comb just on her cheeks. At first, she was a little put off, but she quickly warmed up. She loves getting her face brushed now. I'll do two or three swipes on her cheeks, and then gently do her back. Every day, I start with her face, then slowly move to another body part. It's been about eight months, and I still don't groom her in one fell swoop, but every two days I probably finish up whole body. The trick for me was this: when we were first starting out and saw that she was uncomfortable, I'd either move back to her face where she loved it or soothe her and give her a treat and then be done for the day. This way, grooming was never scary. I also brushed her every day when she didn't have hair, just to keep her going and used to it, and it worked!

Mandii E., owner of a Himalayan

Helping Your Cat with Hairballs

You can help the hairball situation by grooming your cats with a Furminator, Zoom Groom, or the professional groomers' favorite, a metal comb. A regular bristle brush or a metal pin brush can also be useful, depending on your cat's particular fur type. Finally, a bath every once in a while (make sure to scrub well and rinse, rinse, rinse) will also do wonders for getting rid of loose and dead hair. If you help out your cat with regular grooming, there won't be so much necessity for hairball remedies or hairball control food.

Valerie D., owner of a a Maine Coon

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