All animals shed at some point, depending on weather conditions and how their bodies react to temperature settings. Climatic conditions govern the way animals function, where shedding is an important cycle that occurs. My pet rabbit recently shed a bunch of hair, where we first thought that her babies were somehow forcefully pulling it out. Later we noticed that it turned from being quite fluffy to slightly scrawny, given the fact that the fur made it look twice its size.
Now with temperatures on the rise, animals have to lose their thick layers of hair in order to keep their bodies cool. It is important also to constantly trim the hair of your pet cat, because when it does start to shed, you'd be dealing with a very messy situation and the chances of it choking on fur balls. Make it a habit to snip off hair often, and get them used to being trimmed at a young age. When the winter season rolls in, avoid trimming their fur and wait for the summer to take it up again.
How to Groom Your Pet Cat
Caring for long-haired cats can be fun at first, but if you aren't prepared for the hairy mess that is about to settle around your home, then you're in for some stressful times. To trim your cat in the best way possible, start off with this early in their life-like I said, so that they are easier to deal with it in the future.
What You'll Need
- A good pair of scissors
- A tranquilizer if your cat gets frisky
How to Get Started
After you've made it a habit from when your cat was young, to trim his / her nails and take them for their weekly baths, they should have no trouble sitting calmly when being trimmed down. Using the scissors, start snipping off hair around the anus, nipples and genitals to keep it clean and away from the possibility of an infection. Use the scissors to get rid of matted hair areas, and trim off the excess fluff of hair until you're left with an uneven layer to work with. If the trimming sound makes it uneasy and flee for cover, use the tranquilizer before getting down to business.
Start off with the neck area, working your way down to the bottom where his / her tail ends. Evenly run the trimmer over its back, and around the legs to get rid of standing unruly hair. Be careful not to shave too close to the skin layer for a very fine shave, since this can nip at its skin and cause it to panic. Trim it down to a layer of about an inch high, and make sure that you're doing this entire grooming session in the bathroom or kitchen, where the area is absent of a carpet.
Trim down hair around the face very gently and remember that there's no need to get down to heavy trimming around here. Just get rid of long hair sticking out, and make sure you get all the places that have longer hair like around its back, hips and underbelly. Make sure you then comb down on your cat's fur using an appropriate brush, removing any loose hair that may have collected. Give it a good shower to remove any remaining strands, and wipe it done thoroughly.
Make sure to use a good shampoo and conditioner that is made specially for your cat's fur. Do not use human products on him / her since it can bring on an adverse reaction if used on cats. Make sure to make bathing a strict routine at least once every week to remove loose hair and keep your feline clean and pest free. Brushing his / her hair is another important habit you need to incorporate into the grooming session. It removes tangles and gets rid of stray hair.