It might seem obvious, but there is a certain technique when it comes to grooming your feline friend. While we can't all be the Jonathan Van Ness of the pet hairstyling industry, we can try to do our very best to keep our furry friends fabulous. Learning how to brush your cat the correct way may seem straightforward, but there are tricks to the trade you'll want to study up on.
If you've ever teetered on the brink of a meditative nap in the chair at the hairdresser's you know how blissful it feels to have your hair played with — I mean, professional done. It goes beyond styling. And the experience is the same for a cat. You're not furiously trying to untangle hair as quickly as possible. You — and certainly cats — are no fan of that approach. Believe it or not, there are ways that you can brush incorrectly.
It's important to make sure you're appropriately grooming and styling your cat. First of all, cats have claws. If you're accidentally hurting them by brushing incorrectly, you run the risk of being swatted. Besides protecting yourself against a fussy customer, brushing correctly is important for them as well, and it offers lots of benefits. According to petful.com, "regular brushing not only keeps fur from getting tangled and matted but also encourages good circulation and allows you to inspect for any issues such as fleas, worms, or injuries." And with less loose hairs for your cat to lick up themselves, they'll experience less hairballs.
While your independent, fierce kitty can most of the time take care of itself, it's important for you — the pawrent — to play groomer. Here's how to do it right without having to register for pet groomer school.