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How to Groom Your Cat at Home 

cat getting groomed with a person holding a brush. orange cat.

While most felines are fastidious self-cleaners, there are many benefits to supporting your kitty’s grooming effort for optimal coat, eyes, ear, skin, and teeth health. Grooming your cat at home can be done with a few different methods, depending on the breed of your cat and coat type.

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Why Groom? 

Cats clean themselves, right? True, but grooming support — or even just creating a routine of checking your cat’s skin, eyes, ears, and claws —can help you stay on top of their health. This is particularly important if your cat is a long-haired breed, has a chronic condition, or is simply getting older and less able to groom themselves.  

Bathing 

Sometimes stinky things happen! Prevent bathtime from becoming a bloodbath with lots of treats, encouragement, and a few easy steps:  

  • Fill a tub or sink with lukewarm water 
  • Lay down a rubber mat if possible 
  • Use a jug to pour water over your kitty, avoiding the head and face   
  • Work cat shampoo in the direction of the hair, rinse thoroughly  
  • Wipe their face with a damp washcloth  
  • Dry shampoo is always an option for water-averse cats!  

Brushing 

Regular brushing can help remove dirt, grease, and loose hair from your cat’s coat and promote blood circulation for long-term skin health. It can be especially beneficial for long-haired breeds to avoid tangles and reduce shedding. 

Eyes 

Your cat’s eyes are easy to monitor. Wipe away gunk with a damp cotton ball and examine their eyes closely, including under the eyelid. Swelling, cloudy eyes, redness on the lid, discharge, or a visible third eyelid are indications that veterinary attention is needed.  

Ears 

Check your kitty’s ears regularly, especially if you notice scratching or head shaking. Redness, wax, or bad odors are indications that veterinary attention is needed. For minor issues, a vet-recommended ear cleaner on a cotton ball can wipe away dirt or wax.  

Paws 

Check paw pads regularly for redness or cracking. Long-haired cats may need paw trimming to avoid irritation. Indoor cats are prone to overgrown nails, so regular trimming may be necessary.  

Teeth 

Monitor dental health by gently pushing back your cat’s lips and checking gums and teeth. Redness and swelling on the gums and broken or browned teeth and bad odors are indications that veterinary attention is needed.  

When to Avoid Grooming at Home 

The fact of the matter is, not all cats will tolerate at-home grooming! If these attempts cause your cat distress (or cause you a lot of scratches), consider regular professional grooming services and focus on monitoring your cat’s overall health.  

CBD + CBDA can help reduce stress and agitation in cats. A relaxed cat is a happy cat, and one that is more likely to tolerate grooming! Support your pet’s overall health and well-being with ElleVet CBD + CBDA oil or paste for felines.  

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