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I gave my cat a bath the other day ... they love it. He sat there, he enjoyed it, it was fun for me. The fur would stick to my tongue, but other than that . . .

- Steve Martin -
 

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To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction--and a cat. The last ingredient is usually hardest to come by.
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 Cat Grooming - Giving Cats the Royal Treatment!


What is it?

 

Grooming is important to both physical and mental health --- for humans and felines alike! 

Why fight with or repel your cat when you can help your cat see extra grooming as a wonderful perk of living with you.

Regular brushing helps your cat to shed an old coat into a brush instead of onto your furniture or in a hairball that's vomited on your rug or worse.

 

Body massage not only teaches the cat that hands are good things,
it also teaches the cat to allow people to take charge and control any part of his or
her body during routine grooming, exams, treatments, lifting or moving the cat


How to do it


Think strategically. How can you make grooming an experience that your cat will love and crave as part of your quality time together? 

What would it take to have your feline friend want a luxurious day at the spa!
 Remember the expression, "Flattery will get you everywhere?" Think, "Bribery will get you everywhere," when it comes to making grooming an enjoyable experience.

First, introduce grooming at home slowly. Introduce brushes in ways that feel good to your cat and calm suspicions about this strange new human activity. Start with a hungry, calm cat to stack the deck in the favor of the grooming experience.

Make your goal a happy, cooperative cat, NOT getting the job done. You want to be able to do this job for a lifetime of enjoyment so don't rush or push the point initially.

Tips for successful grooming introductions

Remember, you don't get a second chance to make a first good impression.


Make grooming a positive bonding experience for you and your cat. Ideally, you have already accomplished gentling exercises with pinache and this is just the next natural step in the life with your cat.

Groomers do not appreciate a cat that nips at their hands and tries to eat the brush.  If your cat wants to bite on the brush, stop brushing. Count to 5 and begin again more slowly or resume when your cat is more relaxed and hungry. Offer food treats if your cat will accept even one stroke of the brush. Praise all cooperative behavior. 

Any new activity will be accepted easier if introduced slowly and when considering the best timing.  Grooming and bathing are no exception.  If at any time during the process your cat ever begins to panic, STOP!  Avoid trauma and promote positive impressions. Begin more slowly next time.

 

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