Some cats seem to get shaven repetitively without ever having the opportunity to look and feel their finest. Here's how you can set a new precedent for your cat and improve the quality of life for both of you.
The first thing we have to realize is what exactly causes mats? It's a simple equation:
Moisture + Loose hair + Dirt/grease = Mats
Take one of those ingredients out of the equations, and you are less likely to have mats.
The other thing you must realize is that mats are very painful. Is causes bruising and sores, and every step becomes painful. It can turn a sweet cat into a miserable angry creature. And rightful so. Turning a blind eye to mats is completely inhumane.
Moisture is unavoidable with cats, because they lick spit all over themselves for about 50% of their active time. Not only does cat spit have five known allergens, it also dries leaving flakes floating along the surface of the hair. So what you may have assumed was dry skin, is actually dried salvia. Loose hair is particularly a problem for long-haired, overweight, elderly, or depressed/stressed cats. They just can't effectively address the removal of all the hair that sheds out. Oh, and the dead skin sheds too. That's the larger greeny yellow greasy flakes. Dirt/Grease build-up is a no-brainer. Would you want to live with a room-mate that didn't shower for months?
1. Become aware of the condition of your cat's fur. This means regularly caressing and checking for excessive dirt or grease, dandruff, shedding, and the first tell-tale thick spots that are just about to fuse into mats.
2. Take ownership of your own actions and attitude. Not all cats are great self-groomers. Admit there is a problem and help is needed. Either get out the comb and step up your home grooming regularly, and if you can't, get professional help more often.
3. Purposely observe by looking for changes in behaviour and health. How often are they self-grooming? Has the condition of their skin and hair changed? Can they reach everywhere they need to? Has there been additional stress in their life?
4. Evaluate your present routine. Do you feed grocery or premium brands? When is the last time your cat had a check-up? Do you truly know whether your cat is healthy or do you just assume so? Cats are exceptional at hiding illness.
5. Seek professional help from a Certified Feline Master Groomer who can help you determine the best cycle of grooming care for your specific cat. Ask questions, and educate yourself on the needs of your cat. It will mean a better quality of life for both of you. With regular professional grooming, felines are happier, healthier, and look, smell, and feel gorgeous.
6. Be honest about your ability to take good care of your companion. You choose to include this cat in your life. It is your responsibility and duty to ensure all its needs are properly taken care of and that it should never have to suffer due to your neglect. With all this new found knowledge, if you are not willing to change the cycle of oscillating between shave downs, you have a problem, and the right thing to do is find a new home for your cat.
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