Cat Grooming Details
Any discharge that
collects around the corners of the cats eyes can be removed with your finger.
Short-faced cats can get tear stains beneath the eyes, this can be cleaned
with a special preparation available from pet stores or the vetís surgery.
If there is a dark
tarry substance on the catís chin, this means there is an excess production
of sebum from the hair follicles, which is for scent marking. This can also
happen around the tail. Veterinary treatment is normally required.
Recurrence may be prevented by cleansing with an anti-bacterial shampoo from
If your catís teeth are clean it reduces the risk of gum disease. Some vets
give general check-up twice a year, where they can perform a scale and
polish under general anaesthetic. The alternative is for the owner to clean
the catís teeth once or twice a week. Special toothbrushes that fit over
your finger and cat food-flavoured tooth pastes make it easier. You could
try wrapping a piece of fabric sticking plaster around the index finger,
just before meal times. Smear this with a little cat food and gently rub the teeth while
holding the head.
cats ears look
soiled on the inside, wipe them out with a tissue on your finger, dampened
with olive oil, liquid paraffin or ear cleaner form the pet store. Never
clean past what you can see, and never use a cotton bud. An abundance of dry
waxy material may mean mites which will need veterinary treatment.
Some cats are unable
to retract their claws properly, such as the Siamese, Balinese, Oriental
Shorthairs and Oriental Longhairs, which makes uncarpeted floors very hard
for them. Elderly cats can also have this problem. The nails continue to
grow and because older cats take less exercise they donít get worn down.
Trimming the nails will help. Outdoor cats should only have their front
claws clipped, so they can still fight should they need to, and be able to
Always ask your vet to clip the
cats claw, as any mistakes can be
dangerous. On light-coloured claws, a blood vessel can been seen. Cutting
this causes severe bleeding and pain. Declawing is unnecessary, and is
considered an unnecessary mutilation in the United Kingdom. Its practised in
the United States and normally done at the same time as sterilization. Itís
a huge operation which takes away the cats means of self-defence and should
only be reserved for indoor cats.