Do you have a longhaired kitty? If so, it’s probably safe to say that you have a beautiful pet. However, your feline buddy may need some extra TLC! Here, a Los Gatos, CA vet discusses caring for fluffy cats.
Our feline friends are very diligent about keeping up with their beauty rituals. Your furball may spend several hours a day grooming herself to keep her fur soft and shiny. Your kitty will need a helping hand, however. That’s a lot of fur to keep up with! Brushing your pet regularly will help remove dead hair and dander from her coat. Use a detangling brush to gently remove mats. Fluffy often gets tangles under her arms and around her bottom, so pay extra attention to these areas.
Make sure your kitty knows she’s being pampered, not punished. Pick a time when your furball is feeling relaxed, and settle down with her on your lap. Brush gently, going in the direction of her fur. Offer toys, treats, and cuddles to reward your kitty for being good. When Fluffy decides she’s had enough, just let her go.
Did you know that indoor kitties shed less than outdoor cats? This is because they aren’t as exposed to seasonal weather changes that trigger shedding. Keep Fluffy safe and sound indoors!
A good diet will play a large role in keeping Fluffy’s fur soft and shiny. Offer your kitty a high-quality pet food, one that contains lots of fatty acids and Omega 3 and 6 oils. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations.
Longhaired cats sometimes get waste or litter stuck in the fur around their bottoms. You may want to trim Fluffy’s fur in that area. Be sure to use round-end scissors: you don’t want to accidentally injure your kitty!
Longhaired cats are often particularly prone to getting hairballs. This is because kitties inevitably swallow some of their own fur when grooming themselves. Cats really can’t digest their own hair, so they expel it in the form of hairballs. Ask your vet for advice on using a hairball remedy.
Keep up with Fluffy’s parasite control products. Fleas, ticks, and other parasites are both itchy and dangerous to kitties! Ask your vet for more information.
Please feel free to contact us, your Los Gatos, CA pet hospital, anytime. We’re here to help!