A new pet is a terrific experience. But a new pet also means a time of transition, and that transition can be difficult and stressful for both pet and owner. It takes planning to ensure that both the pet’s and owner’s transition goes smoothly. And one of the first things to do with your new kitten/cat is to begin to encourage time spent grooming—the earlier exposure your cat has to grooming the better the chance that both you and your cat appreciate necessary grooming later.
Many cats have personalities that don’t encourage grooming, although even a cat’s fur needs attention from its owner. Both long-haired breeds and others have issues with coat matting. And when cats don’t have assistance with their grooming, it’s possible that the animal will develop skin problems. It’s also important to semi-regularly clip a cat’s claws. Cats use their claws for balance and climbing, although a cat’s claws shouldn’t be trimmed as frequently as a dog’s. If you have any questions about your cat’s claws then speak with either your grooming professional at Groomindale’s or your vet.
It’s also possible to bathe your cat when necessary, although most cats have an aversion to water (It’s not a myth!). Your cat will also clean their coat regularly, and if they are washed more than once a month their skin can dry out.
And when it comes to veterinary attention, remember that it’s important your cat visit your vet early and regularly. If you don’t have a vet you prefer, it’s nice in the kitten/cat’s early days with you to do the initial visits with a vet who interest you or has been recommended, and then you’ll know whether or not you prefer their veterinary services if the time ever comes that you need them in an emergency.
And for all of your pet’s grooming needs, remember that you have the professional grooming services at Groomindale’s to help keep your pet’s coat and nails/claws healthy. Call today!