Grooming your cat
It doesn’t matter if your cat is big or small indoor or outdoor. All cats are meticulous groomers and usually keep themselves exceptionally clean. However, there are some things that are necessary for the Cat owner to do to help in your cat’s grooming.
One of these items is keeping your cat’s ears clean. Cats and dogs are prone to ear infections especially if they go outdoors. Cleaning a cat’s ear is not like cleaning a human’s ear.
Don’t ever use Q-Tips to clean the cat’s ear, this is a grooming no no. Never use scissors to trim the cat’s hair in the ear and never use water this will only cause infection. If you notice that your cat is constantly grooming their ears and they are red or they are scratching this is a good indication that they may have an ear infection. Just use a damp (not too wet) cloth and gently wipe the inner ear clean.
Brushing your cat is also an important part of grooming especially for those cats with long hair. The rule of thumb here is a little goes a long way, Brushing your cat a little bit every single day will combat those pesky mats that build up in the cats hind quarters and behind the ears and in the neck region.
Regular pet grooming also sets the routine and it’s easier for a cat to tolerate short sessions of grooming rather than grooming marathons.
Clipping your cat’s claws is also a very important part of grooming. Ensure that you have proper clippers designed for snipping claws .and that you read up a bit before attempting to clip your cat’s claws.
Grooming your dog
Now where do dogs fit into all of this pet grooming? Well one thing is for sure Dog’s love to be outdoors and what’s outdoors but fleas!
It’s important that a main part of your dog’s grooming is using the proper flea treatment especially in the spring and summer months. Number one fleas for a dog can cause all kind of problems and discomfort. Number two neglected flea treatment can cause a real problem. Before you know it your house is infested with fleas. If left unchecked, it may become almost impossible to get rid of them.
There are a lot of over the counter flea products that can be purchased at your local pet supply store along with other grooming products. The best thing to do in this case is to consult your Veterinarian to find out which product they recommend.
Another good way to help prevent fleas and keep your dog nicely groomed is a good bath. If you have a lab or a retriever this is not a problem. They love the water and will do anything to take a dip in the lake or ocean, where ever you live. This sometimes works as well as a bath for grooming your dog. Keep in mind that if you use a spray or lather flea product that you will need to wait a couple of days before letting your dog get wet.