Start by making sure you accustom your feline to the grooming process as a kitten – older cats are less likely to adapt easily to a strange and unfamiliar process, but as a kitten, your pet will have a chance to grow used to, and maybe even enjoy the grooming process. Brushing your cat can be a great way for the two of you to bond and spend some quality time.
Before you begin, seat your cat close to you, and start stroking her/him. This will relax the feline. Brush through the hair gently with your fingers to look for matted fur. If you come across any mats in the fur, do not go at them with a brush – instead, try to gently untangle these with your fingers, and if this doesn’t work, you can use a mat splitter and a detangling spray (make sure this is safe and animal-friendly) to get the job done.
Next, pick up the wire slicker brush and run it down your cat’s head and back, in the same motions you use while petting. Stop alternately, to take any loose fur out of the brush, and discard it. Once you’ve run through the top, brush down the length of both sides.
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Once this is done, pick up the undercoat brush (which should have a combination of both wide and narrow teeth), and run this down the cat’s chin, throat, chest, and belly. You may hold the cat against your chest to access regions such as the inside of your cat’s leg. However felines object to the brushing of sensitive areas such as the rear thighs, and the region where the legs join the body, so be prepared for some resistance.
After you’ve finished with this, go over the entire coat again with a finer-toothed comb, and then with a flea comb. Lastly, brush the tail, one small section at a time. You cat is now groomed, and tangle-free.
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