Cepillar a nuestro felino no es una cuestión de eliminar nudos o suciedad para que nuestra mascota luzca perfecta, como si de un anuncio de pienso se tratase. Si no que también aporta unos beneficios muy importantes para su salud, that is why in this blog we tell you about the importance of brushing in cats.
This process is a great way to meticulously check your pet out and see if she has any skin issues – a bald patch may be a sign of disease, or ticks or fleas, etc. A healthy cat should have a thick, shiny coat, so make the most of this moment to inspect your kitty’s condition.
It’s a good idea to pay special attention to long-haired cats such as Persians or Angoras, as they need the most care and grooming. Regular brushing will help prevent those bothersome hairballs in the cat’s stomach, which can be harmful to health.
Below we’ll explain how to combat these hairballs with proper brushing.
You should pay particular attention to friction areas such as the neck, armpits and groin where fur tends to become matted.
As there are different coat types, different brushing tools will be required depending on type, but there are some basic rules to keep in mind:
- Try to brush your cat when she’s relaxed – for example, when she’s sleepy or after eating. Start by gently stroking her and start brushing with and against the direction of hair growth to remove dead hair.
- Brushing against the direction of hair growth can be uncomfortable for your kitty so try to do it more gently and to a lesser extent. Movements: long, gentle, slow.
- Remove excess dead hair from the brush to prevent new knots from forming.
- Finish brushing on the neck, cats love to be stroked in this area, especially under the chin.
- Once brushing has finished, clean your cat’s coat with a soft brush or cloth. This will remove any dead hair and will make her coat shiny.
It’s advisable to follow this routine for your pet to have a healthy coat and skin.
After brushing, you can also offer malt or paraffin oil, which will help to eliminate and prevent the formation of hairballs in the stomach.