Grooming not only feels good to the cat, it doubles as a home health check. You can make sure your kitten is healthy, whiskers to tail, simply by paying attention to her skin, fur, eyes, claws, ears, and teeth on a regular basis.
Combing & Brushing
Cats groomed daily as kittens learn to expect and relish the experience. Combing and brushing become an extension of petting. Kittens thrive on routine, so decide on a regimen and stick to it. That’s not only a time, but also a place such as a tabletop, your lap, or other platform that’s convenient for you. The top of the washer and dryer works great, and gives you space to set out all your combs and brushes.
How to groom a short haired cat ?
As mentioned before, short haired kittens can get by on a weekly once-over with a comb or slicker brush.
Long haired kittens, especially Persians, need daily fur attention to prevent painful mats.
Several days before you begin the lifetime grooming schedule, help your kitten get used to the idea. She’ll want to sniff and investigate these strange items. Leave the comb and brush out with her toys—make them part of the furniture, a normal part of her life that becomes familiar, so it’s not scary. You may be surprised to see her play with the brush, or even rub her cheeks against it to mark it with her scent.
Always begin your grooming session with petting. Feel Kitty all over, from head to neck, under her chin, down her back, in her armpits, the length of her tail. That not only gets her purr a-rumbling, it will tell you in advance if any problem areas have developed. That way you won’t run the comb into a mat unexpectedly. Petting helps relax the kitten in preparation for the grooming.
Kittens have very tender skin. Start with a light touch, and let your baby “tell” you how to proceed. Think of grooming as gently scratching the kitten’s skin rather than brushing. She’ll often arch her back into the brush when she wants a heavier stroke. Begin and end your combing or brushing session by paying attention to the kitten’s sweet spots. These are her favorite places to be rubbed, and include her cheeks, chin and throat, and the spot right above the base of her tail. Attention to the sweet spots causes her eyes to shut, purr to rumble, and butt to elevate toward the ceiling.
After carefully combing her face—pay particular attention to the mat-prone areas around her ears—progress down both of her sides. Be careful not to brush or comb too hard, especially against her spine or nipples. Then cover her flanks, inside and out, and the area beneath the tail. The tummy can be tough. Kitties often dislike attention here, so take your time. There is no law that says you must groom the entire kitten at one setting. If your kitten becomes upset, stop and finish at a later time.
For those hard-to-reach undersides, try lifting one rear foot off the ground while you groom the other side. That takes away Kitty’s balance, distracts her so she thinks about something other than grooming, while still giving you access to her nether regions. Finish the grooming session as you began it—with the sweet spots. Also, offer your kitten a favorite game or a treat once you’ve finished. That will help her associate the grooming session with positive things for her, so she looks forward to the next time.