Cats are known for their cleanliness - and even do most of their personal hygiene themselves. Nevertheless, cat care is also one of your tasks, because there are places where even the most articulate tongue or paw can not reach. There are many things you can do to help your baby with daily care. These five tips will help you.
Samtpfoten are true individualists, so you should take care in cat care one thing: Each animal is different and responds to the care of humans may vary greatly. While some enjoy nothing more than an extensive brushing treatment, others are already on the first contact with the bristles escape once. Therefore, always treat the cats carefully and do not force anything on your pet.
1. Grooming: More than pure cat wellness
Whether short or long hair: all breeds benefit from regular brushing. Because the skin care reduces the number of hair that cats swallow when brushing and clumping and can lead to upset stomach or digestive problems. Long hair cats must therefore be brushed daily, also to prevent the felting. Shorthair cats should enjoy brushing especially in times of coat change. 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 enjoy this part of cat care. The plushy Velvet Cat Luigi in the video, for example, enjoys grooming to the full:
2. Ear Care: Here you have to help
One place that cats can not clean themselves is the ears. Here is the risk of ear diseases caused by dirt or mites, particularly large. To avoid infestation, wipe the ears of your fur nose once a week with a soft, moistened cotton ball, handkerchief or cosmetic pad. Attention: Do not use a cotton swab! The risk of injury is too great with cotton swabs. If coffee-like crumbs remain on the cloth, your cat has probably caught ear mites. In the case it says: off to the vet.
3. Eye Care: How to ensure clarity
Occasionally slight encrustations may be deposited in the corner of a cat's eyes. These should be removed as it is not properly drained tears, which could even lead to infections in the worst case. Use a damp, soft tissue and wipe from the outside in. This kind of cat care you have to do with Persian cats even daily, because the breed has very sensitive eyes. If you have watery, inflamed or swollen eyes, you should consult your veterinarian, as it may be an eye disease.
4. Dental care: prevent tooth problems
Even with dental hygiene, babies are dependent on your help, because the potassium-containing saliva stimulates calculus formation in the cat's mouth - and it can even lead to inflammation. Brushing 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 eating. When the going gets tough, the veterinarian can remove the tartar with a laser treatment - completely painless but under general anesthesia.
5. Claw Care: When to Help
The claw care take cats actually in the hand - or in the paw. Tree barks or the like are often used by free-fallers to prune the claws. Housing cats can not indulge in this part of the cat care so extensively and should therefore have a cat tree available, so they do not pass on furniture or the like. But even scratchers are usually gratefully accepted by free-fallers. In older cats, which are no longer so mobile and no longer take care of the claw care themselves, the claws actually have to be cut occasionally, so they do not grow into the meat. In this task, however, instinct is needed. Tip: Where the dark claw leg starts, are the nerves, so do not take off too short! If in doubt, ask your veterinarian for advice; It shows you how to cut the cat claws properly.