Cat Grooming Tips

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What are some tips for properly grooming my cat?

The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series. Learn more at

Cats are tidy animals, but even the most fastidious feline can use a mini spa treatment for good health. Brushing, bathing and claw clipping can help your cat look and feel her best.

To groom your pet, comb her gently from head to tail, being especially tender around the chest and belly. Use a soft brush to remove loose hair. If the coat is greasy or oily, a bath may be in order. If so, use a very mild, animal-safe shampoo and lukewarm water. Wear gloves, and go slowly.

Toenail clipping takes patience, too. Use a sharp nail scissor and clip just the very tip. With a little practice, these spa treatments can become part of a routine bonding ritual with your cat.

– Dr. Larry McDaniel, DVM