Grooming your feline friend is a necessity regardless of the length of hair your cat has. It’ll be no surprise to hear that longhair breeds require more substantial grooming than those with short hair, but nonetheless cats will always groom themselves and possibly others which can lead to hairballs and potential intestinal blockages requiring emergency treatment.

Grooming also stimulates circulation and improves coat and skin condition.

Combs & brushes

We recommend pet medication supplies for example Ancol Double Sided Wooden Handle Brush which has pin comb bristles allowing you to work though long or tangled hair. The synthetic bristles on the reverse help to remove dead skin particles and loose hair from the coat.

You can also use a Mikki Flea Comb which offers an effective way of removing fleas and their eggs from your pet in addition to removal of loose hair, dirt and matting.

Finally, why not try the FURminator Small Cat DeShedding Tool which is suitable for both long and short haired cats and aids the removal of the undercoat and loose hair, reducing shedding by up to 90%!

How to groom

Longer hair cats should be groomed on a daily basis, and shorter haired cats weekly.

Short haired breeds: On a weekly basis, gently run your comb from head to tail in the direction of the hair growth.

Long haired breeds: On a daily basis, massage the skin before gently running your hands through the fur in the opposite direction of growth which will help to help loosen it. Delicately tease apart any knotting and matting and then use a soft brush or rubber mitten to get rid of remaining fur. Lastly, use a grooming comb over the fur for a neater appearance.

*Top tip: Cats don’t always enjoy being groomed and if your feisty feline isn’t keen on it then why not try and distract them with something before and throughout grooming. Also bear in mind that you don’t need to complete grooming all in one go, multiple shorter sessions throughout the week may suit your cat much better.