How Often Should You Groom Your Cat?
Cats seem to despise brushes and combs, so they can be groomed on a more ‘as needed’ basis. Cats do not shed the same amount of hair all the year. At those times when your cat is shedding less, especially if it’s a ‘shorthair,’ you may brush or comb your cat to remove any hair. When your cat is shedding, you need to groom it more often. This will also greatly decrease her risk of developing hairballs! It is a good idea to give it a comb everyday.
On the other hand, there are some cats who cannot tolerate being groomed. If your cat protests during the grooming process, this may create some potential injury that could occur to your cat or yourself. Please make an appointment with a professional groomer or a veterinarian to have your cat groomed instead!
Factors To Determine How Often You Should Groom Your Cat
1. The length of your cat’s hair
In general, cats with long hair need much more frequent grooming, often on a daily basis. Cats with short hair can be brushed several times a week.
2. Your cat’s ability to groom herself
Cats which are overweight or ill often have less ability or desire to groom themselves. Older cats that may have arthritis may also tend to groom less. These cats should be groomed on a more frequent basis.
3. The amount your cat is shedding
The amount your cat sheds varies throughout the year. When your cat is shedding less, especially if it a “shorthair,” you may brush or comb your cat and remove very little hair. Other times, it may seem to come out by itself. When your cat is shedding excessively, you should groom it more often. This will also greatly decrease her risk of developing hairballs.
4. Your cat’s tolerance to grooming
Some cats love to be groomed – giving you excellent “bonding time” and a beautiful cat.