This topic is important to address since many owners believe that cats do not need grooming because they groom themselves.
Lets look into this in details.
Cats are greasy creatures. When you run your hands on a cat’s coat that has never been groomed, do you get the urge to want to wash your hands? Well, that’s grease!! Grease when left on the coat can lead to dander, dandruff, mats and even leave a cat’s coat pelted. While your cat is licking itself (this process is often confused with a professional grooming process) the saliva from the cat’s mouth is being deposited on the cat’s coat. The saliva contains an allergin to which a lot of people are allergic to. Thus comes the saying, “I’m allergic to cats”. Saliva on the coat, together with the grease, prevent the hair that is being shed from falling. It gets stuck to other hair and tangles form. As the cat continues to lick itself the tangles get bigger resulting in a pelted coat. When a coat is pelted, no insulation is provided to the coat. The skin does not breathe. Accordingly, it can create ulcers on the skin. Fleas take a flight and hide under the pelt. They feed on the cat’s blood and complications arise. In the meantime, kitty is scratching itself and trying to pull out the mats and is sometimes taking a chunk of hair out and ingesting it into hairballs. This may end up leading into intestinal problems.
Dander: Owners believe that short haired cats do not need grooming. Well, a greasy cat is a greasy cat no matter if it is short haired or long haired cat. Have you noticed white flaky skin on your cats coat? This is something that professional grooming process can remove. Sometimes, however, dandruff is so persistent on a cat’s hair that we can only get rid of it over several baths and several grooms.
Nails: Overgrown nails are also an issue. Nails can get overgrown that they curl under or puncture a paw pad. Thus nail trimming is an important part of professional grooming process. Additionally, if your cat is scratching your furniture we do have a solution for it.
Shedding: A cat will shed to get rid of its undercoat. If your clothes, your furniture, your house is full of shedding hair, we can help you.
Cleanliness: How about grooming for the sake of pure cleanliness? Cats use litter boxes. Then they curl up on our pillows and sleep on them. We may even allow them to run freely on our kitchen counter.
Posh Paws has the solutions for your cat problems. Not only can we solve your cat’s problems but also prevent them from happening again. Call us today and let us help you get rid of kitty’s problems.
As always we welcome your feedback. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
Seta Chorbadjian is a graduate of the National Cat Groomers Institute of America and holds the title Certified Feline Master Groomer (CFMG).