Did You Know The term "grooming" actually refers to two separate procedures: ALL Cats, regardless of coat type or length, require "maintenance grooming." This is the process of brushing, combing, nail trimming, ear care, and bathing. The "art of grooming" is the actual shaping and sculpting of the coat to assist a pure bred cat in being a better representation of its breed.
Whether purebred or mixed breed the key to good cat grooming lies in the length of a cat's coat. A cat with a very short, single coat similar to the Siamese needs very little grooming. The dense-coated shorthaired cats require a monthly cat grooming session. Semi-longhaired cats should be combed and bathed even more regularly. Cats with long, flowing coats resembling the Persian should be combed and have their faces cleaned at least every other day, and they should be bathed weekly or bi-weekly.
The dreaded mat can form on even the most well-groomed cats, especially during seasonal shedding. If you find these clumps of dried, tangled hair in your cat's fur, never try to cut them out because you could slip and cut your cat's skin. It is better to work out a mat with a grooming comb. Best way to stay away from mats is preventative maintenance. Cat grooming products such as brushes, combs, slickers and even a bath with the correct shampoo can help in keeping mats down to a minimum.
Sometimes greasy coats, allergies and plain old dirt require a cat to have a good bath. This can be tricky because cats usually don't like water. It is best to introduce a cat to bathing as a kitten so that baths become less stressful with time.
Most people really don’t handle their cats’ feet until they are about to clip the nails and then…watch out! Some animals can get very upset at this totally foreign feeling. That’s why it’s a good idea to get your cat used to having her feet touched before you attempt a nail trim. Rub your hand up and down her leg and then gently press each individual toe—and be sure to give her lots of praise and some food treats as you do this. Every animal is different, but chances are that within a week or two of daily foot massage, your cat will accept nail clipping with too much fuss.