Cats are not independent or too apathetic to respond to people's assumptions that they need absolutely no assistance in "grooming." By merely covering themselves with saliva, large amounts of shedding hair are ingested. This opens the door to lots of germs and bacteria.
From Feline Leukemia Virus which are spread through cat saliva to Feline Infectious Peritonitis which are transmitted through infected stool, the cat is at a higher risk of contracting much worse if we continue 'assuming' that cats can take care of them.
Yes but not entirely. Cats have unique smell glands which they use to either to show much interest or stay away completely. When confronted with an especially interesting or unusual smell, a cat will drop its jaw open and let the scent waft across the vomeronasal organ in a behavior called the Flehmen response.
Scent is very vital to cats, and because of their territorial nature, they'll tend to mark they territory with almost anything. For most domesticated cats, spraying urine everywhere in the house is often the case.
So in case your cat has this habit of peeing everywhere, one of the reasons could be your cat's way of claiming particular spots in your home. The best way to handle this is through training her. You can clean your entire house with detergents not harmful but that which the cat will be uninterested with.
Research has shown that cats which have poor hygiene feel uneasy even at the very call of nature. They don't move to their litter boxes when the need to pee comes, the simply pee where they are. In the next section I am going to explain how and the importance of grooming your cat.
PROPER CAT GROOMING
The connection between cats and their claws is very essential to cats. They use them to scratch, thereby removing the old sheathed nail. This action primarily becomes an excellent form of exercise, especially to indoor cats.
How to clip your cat's nails
These acts as a significant part of keeping your cat well groomed. If your cat's nails grow too long, they can pierce into the paw pad where special scent glands lie. These will cause infections or discomfort.
To clip her nails, just grasp the paw and gently squeeze the pad so that the pins unsheathe. Look at the picture.
Then look for the pink part (often referred to as the quick) inside the base of the nail. Carefully clip off the curved section as you watch for the sensitive pink area. This part usually contains vessels and nerves, so don't cut too close to the quick.
In case you accidentally cut the quick, don't panic, no severe damage might be done. The nail will bleed as the cat will experience a moment of pain. Apply pressure to the end of the pin with a clean piece of tissue or cloth until the bleeding stops
Other than going through all of this, most people ask, 'Is it safe to disclaw my cat?'
Well, scratching is very instinctive. Disclawing the animal can alter with their instinctive behaviour, causing the cat to be stressful and result in undesirable behavioral issues. This answers the question, ‘ Why does my cat pee in my bed '.
Disclawing robs the cat of the ability to scratch and dig. Since they can no longer do this, they seek a clean soft environment to either pee or poop. Even when the litter box is clean enough.
So be sure to exhaust all other possibilities before choosing to disclaw your cat. This amputation can cause permanent change in a cat's behavioural characteristics that could be very disturbing I.e. Becoming very aggressive and eager to bite.
How do I brush my cat's teeth?
The process is straightforward and easy. The exchange diet of your cat can make the smell of the cat's breath just a bit unbearable. It can also lead to a condition, periodontal or even dental diseases.
All that can be avoided. You can purchase a cat-sized dental brush at your veterinary clinic or online. Accompany it with some feline toothpaste.
NOTE: Never use human toothpaste as it contains chemicals that may be harmful to your cats digestive system.
If you follow these steps, you won't experience difficulty in brushing your cat's teeth:
1. Hold your cat in your lap allowing her to get comfortable.
2. Gently raise her lip on one side of her mouth and begin brushing on the outer proportions of her teeth.
3. Ensure that you brush down away from the gum line. This will loosen any embedded food particles.
4. On the bottom jaw, brush up, apart from the gum line. Don't worry; the toothpaste is flavored with chicken or fish paste to enable the cat to open her mouth quickly.
Finally, How to wash your cat
Unlike the two grooming methods, washing your cat is the easiest of them all. Be calm and tender with her; this will build and maintain control of her.
Soak her from the neck down to her hinds. Be extra careful not to introduce shampoo in her eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. Most cats have an allergic reaction to this.
Lastly, wash your cats face with water or a washcloth. If fluffy, you can opt to blow dry her this makes her coat appear shiny and decent.
With all the hygienic practices and procedures, most people don't understand why their cats go outside the litter box and pee everywhere. It's all about cleanliness. Ensure that the litter box is clean on a regular basis. Also, take the cat to a vet, who will determine if the cat has any health threatening matter.
Luna Tran is the author of the blog HereKitt.com. She contacted us to share one of her articles with our followers.
I am Luna Tran, a great cat lover who owns three cute cats and have dedicated many years to nurturing and caring cats. Through my blog, I am here to share my knowledge and experience about cats.