Velvet paws are true individualists, so you should keep one thing in mind when caring for a cat: each animal is different and may react differently to human care. While some enjoy nothing more than an extensive brush treatment, others take flight when they first come into contact with the bristles. Therefore, always be careful when taking care of cats and do not force anything on your darling.
1. Grooming: More than pure cat wellness
No matter whether short or long hair: All breeds benefit from regular brushing. Because grooming reduces the number of hairs that cats swallow when brushing and that clumps and can lead to indigestion or digestive problems. Long-haired cats therefore have to be brushed daily, also to prevent them from felting. Shorthair cats should enjoy brushing, especially in times of changing their fur. Tip: Use a special brush or glove for the treatment and it is best to get your cat used to the procedure from an early age. Then she will even have fun with this part of cat care. The plush fluffy hangover Luigi in the video, for example, enjoys fur care to the fullest:
2. Ear care: You have to help here
One place that cats cannot brush themselves is the ears. Here the risk of ear diseases caused by dirt or mites is particularly high. To avoid infestation, you should wipe the ears of your fur nose once a week with a soft, damp cotton ball, handkerchief or cosmetic pad. Warning: Never use a cotton swab! The risk of injury is too great with cotton swabs. If crumbs of coffee grounds remain on the cloth, your cat has probably caught ear mites. In that case it means: off to the vet.
3. Eye care: this is how you ensure transparency
Occasional slight incrustations can build up in the corner of a cat's eye. You should remove these, as they are not properly drained tear fluids, which in the worst case could even lead to infections. Use a damp, soft paper handkerchief and wipe from the outside in. You even have to do this type of cat care for Persian cats daily, because the breed has particularly sensitive eyes. If you notice watery, inflamed or swollen eyes, you should see your veterinarian, as this may be an eye disease.
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4. Dental care: prevent dental problems
Miesze also need your help with dental hygiene, because the potassium-containing saliva stimulates the formation of tartar in the cat's mouth - and this can even lead to inflammation. Brushing your teeth helps. However, if your cat is not used to this process from an early age, your chances of success are probably not very good. Tip: An alternative are special toothpastes from the veterinarian, which can be mixed into the food. When the going gets tough, the vet can remove the tartar with laser treatment - completely painless, but under anesthesia.
5. Claw care: when you need to help
Cats actually take care of the claws themselves - or in the paw. Tree barks or the like are often used by free-fallers to prune the claws. Indoor cats cannot indulge in this part of cat care so extensively and should therefore have a scratching post at their disposal so that they do not spoil themselves on furniture or the like. But scratching posts are usually also gratefully accepted by outdoor enthusiasts. In older cats that are no longer so flexible and no longer take care of the claws themselves, the claws actually have to be shortened occasionally so that they do not grow into the meat. However, tact is required for this task. Tip: The nerves are where the dark claw leg begins, so do not take too short a snap! If in doubt, ask your veterinarian for advice; it shows you how to properly cut the cat's claws.