Does grooming your cat seem like an impossible task to you?
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Grooming cats is anything but easy, so for your convenience, I have compiled a list of 10 of the best cat grooming gloves and tools that can make the whole ordeal much easier for you.
Top 5 picks
|Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush||Slicker Brush||Hertzko|
|Pet Grooming Glove||Grooming Glove||Delomo|
|Pet Republique Cat Nail Clippers||Nail Clippers||Pet Republique|
|ASENKU Pet Grooming Gloves||Grooming Gloves||Asenku|
|Pet Grooming Brush||Grooming Brush||Pet Neat|
1. Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush
- Brand: Hertzko
- Type: Slicker Brush
- Easy to clean
- Soft Bristles
- None I know of
2. Pet Grooming Glove
- Brand: Delomo
- Type: Grooming Glove
- Machine Washable
- Lightweight and Breathable
- Safe for cats, dogs and horses
- One size fits all, adjustable straps
- Multi-function DE shedding Glove
- A little tricky to clean
3. Pet Republique Cat Nail Clippers
- Brand: Pet Republique
- Weight: 0.5 ounces
- Type: Nail clipper
- Easy to Use
- Help donate to save rescue animals
- None that I know of
4. ASENKU Pet Grooming Glove
- Brand: Asenku
- Type: Grooming Gloves
- Breathable Material
- Cash back guarantee
- Tricky to clean
5. Pet Grooming Brush
- Brand: Pet Neat
- Type: Grooming Brush
- Covered Blades
- Safe for Cats
- Lifetime back guarantee with full refund
- Some customers find the product uneffective
6. Hertzko Soft Pet Brush
- Brand: Herzko
- Type: Soft Pet Brush
- Soft Plastic Bristles
- Comfort Grip
- Anti-slip handle
- Great for sensitive skin
- Bristles are slanted
7. Furminator for Cats Undercoat Deshedding Tool
- Brand: Furminator
- Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Size: 5 x 2 x 8.8 inches
- Type: Deshedding Tool
- Safe for cats
- A little pricey
- Works too well, might cause bald spots
8. Earthbath All Natural Grooming Wipes
- Brand: Earybath
- Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Size: 4.5 x 8 x 3 inches
- Type: Wipes
- Ingredients: Purified water, Polysorbate 20 (a natural derivative of sorbitol), Hawaiian Awapuhi Extract, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Benzoic Acid
- Can be used daily
- Fragrance and allergen free
- Safe for cats
- Conditions your cat’s skin
- May dry out skin
9. Pet Grooming Gloves
- Brand: Petteasey
- Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Type: Grooming gloves
- Great at removing loose hair
- Comfortable to wear
- One size fits all
- Better fir for people with large hands
10. Hertzko Electric Pet Nail Grinder
- Brand: Hertzko
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Three different sized openings, can be adjusted according to cat nail size.
- Chargeable with USB connection
- Mute motor
- Easy to clean
- None that I know of
How to Bathe a Kitten
Bathing a kitten is much more complicated then bathing an adult cat, the reason being that kittens are much more sensitive to shampoos and conditioners as compared to their more mature counterparts.
Kittens do possess the ability to clean themselves, but due to their eagerness to explore all the time, they tend to get dirty. You need to be extra cautious if it’s the first time your kitten is getting a bath.
Does Your Kitten Really Need a Bath?
As I mentioned before, cats are not really dirty creatures. They have the capacity to clean themselves, and due to that, you really do not need to bathe them on a frequent basis. They are actually masters are cleaning and grooming themselves. Kittens, on the other hand, are new to the world, and they might not be as efficient at cleaning themselves as their mothers are.
The best to clean a dirty kitten is to just wipe the little creature down using a wet cloth or baby wipes instead of giving it a full-blown bath.
When dealing with kittens, always consult with your vet. Take professional help. Most vets suggest that kittens younger than eight weeks of age should not be given a bath. An advantage of bathing a small kitten is that you can actually get it used to the water from a young age. This will ensure that once your kitten grows up, it does not give you a hard time during bathing sessions.
The first thing you should take care of is your own body, never bathe your kitten wearing clothes that expose your arms and your chest like a tank top. Kittens are fussy, and they are known to scratch their humans during bath time. You need to wear long-sleeved clothes that cover your skin. Many people even wear gloves in order to save their hands from being mauled by their cats or kittens. The fabric of your clothes is also essential, go for clothes that are made up of thick material so that your kitten’s claws do not easily penetrate through them.
Trim the Nails of Your Kitten
If you have ever given a cat a bath, you know how aggressive they become. I myself have come out of a bathing session with deep battle scars. And do not underestimate kittens because of their tiny size, even the most mellow little fella can scar you for life. So in order to protect yourself from your kitten’s wrath, it’s better to trim its nails before bathing it. This is actually the best way to keep yourself safe.
The best thing to do is to trim your kitten’s nails at least a few hours before you give the little fella a bath. You want your kitten to be relaxed when you bathe it, and once you cut their nails, they tend to get a little feisty or aggressive or even scared. Bathing a hyper kitten or cat is never a good idea.
If it is the first nail trimming session, your kitten has ever experienced, then I would recommend that you wait a few days before giving your fluffy friend a bad. Nail trimming can actually be a very traumatic experience for the young ones, and you do not want to expose the little guy to two traumatic events on the same day. Give the poor creature some time to catch its breath.
Remember, you want the little guy to trust you and consider you a friend rather than a foe. So take it slow.
How to Trim your Kitten’s Nails
Trimming your kitten’s nails is not as easy as it sounds. And if it’s your kitten’s first nail trimming session, then you need to be extra cautious.
You first need to make sure that your kitten is used to be hand handled. You need to look at the kitten’s teeth, check its ears and open the little creature’s mouth like you are giving it imaginary pills. You should then proceed with checking all your kitten’s paws and also give attention to each individual toenail. Use a soothing voice and verbally praise your kitten after every session. This will help your kitten get used to being handled and will not scare the poor creature away.
It really depends on what you are comfortable with using. The problem here is that both of these clippers are actually pretty big, and it becomes rather challenging to cut the kitten’s nails. It becomes difficult to see the nail, let alone cut it. I would suggest that you should always set aside a quick stop, styptic powder or a clotting agent, in case the cut the nail too short. And this will most probably happen if you are a first-timer.
You should begin by organizing your supplies: sharp nail clippers, styptic powder, and a towel. Then place the fluffy kitten on your lap, facing away from you and place your hand over her neck. Then proceed by wrapping the kitten in the towel like a small burrito.
Massage the footpad of your cat and press it in order to extend the nail. Then locate the quick, it is the pink portion of your kitten’s nails that contains blood vessels and nerves. Before you begin to slip the fluffy creature’s nails, position the clippers perpendicular to the nail so that you are cutting from the top to the bottom.
This is where it gets tricky; do not cut the quick. Only cut the sharp white tip of the nail. If you end up accidentally cutting the quick, just apply a small amount of styptic powder quickly.
When it comes to handling cats, I always suggest cat owners to always take it slow. You really do not have to cut all of your cat’s nails in the same sitting. Start by cutting a few nails and then take a break. End the session by giving your cat a treat and on a positive note. You can use so the rest once your cat has calmed down and both of you are at ease.
Remember, your kitten will not sit there and allow you to cut its nails easily. The poor fellow will definitely try to make a run for it. At that moment just stay calm and try not to panic. If your kitten jumps and squirms, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have hurt her. All you need is practice, and you will eventually get the hang of the whole process, so don’t sweat it if you fail the first time around.
Brush Your Kitten
Before giving your kitten a bath, you need to make sure that the fur of your little fella is free from mats and tangles. It can be challenging to bath a kitten that has several tangles in its hair. So boring putting the little creature into the water, get a fine-tooth comb or a super soft brush and begin to brush the hair of your kitten along the direction of the hair growth. Brushing your kitten also serves another purpose; it actually helps to calm down them down. Most cats and kittens love to be stroked, and the brushing session might just make your kitten mellow enough to take a bath easily. In order to make the make the brushing session more effective, just put on some soft music and brush your kitten in a quiet place with low traffic.
All this will definitely help to relax your little friend and will help your kitten associate the brushing session with good feelings.
Different Kinds of Cat Brushes
There are several different kinds of cat brushes out there, and selecting the right brush for your cat or kitten can get very overwhelming. Here is a list of different kinds of cat brushes available in the market today.
Moulting Comb for Cats
This is a great tool that comes in handy when you have a long-haired feline at home. This moulting brush helps to detangle the coat of your cat and prevents the formation of mats. This comb has two different lengths of pins. The longer teeth go through the topcoat and detangle the knots and remove the undercoat while the smaller pins help to gather the loose fur.
Slicker Brush for Cats
This is actually one of the best cat brushes available today as it is excellent for all kinds of cat coats. The pins of this brush are a little sharp, so you have to make sure that the metal tines do not scratch your cat’s skin. When brushing a long-haired cat, remember to be gentle as vigorous brushing can lead to breakage of hair.
Bristle Brush for Cats
This brush is excellent for cats with short hair and for long-haired cats is serves as a great finishing brush. The soft bristles of this brush help to make your cat’s coat shiny and beautiful.
Flea Comb for Cats
These combs have teeth that are very close and help to remove fleas from your cat’s coat; it also helps to remove dirt and eggs. You can use flea combs on all kinds of cats but just remember to comb your cat’s hair gently as harsh combing can lead to breakage of hair.
Ready Your Bathing Supplies
Bathing your kitten with just water will not cut it, you need to invest in a good kitten shampoo, conditioner or if the poor creature has fleas or ticks, then a good flea removal shampoo. Keep in mind that kittens or cat shampoos are formulated by keeping in mind the sensitive skin of most felines. Bathing your kitten with human shampoo will not end well for your little fella. Human shampoos contain ingredients that are very toxic for felines, and you should stay away from them.
Prepare the Bathe
Once you have all the supplies you need to bathe your kitten, start preparing the bath. Fill a bucket or your bathtub with warm water. Make sure that the water is not deep in order to prevent drowning accidents. Another thing you should do is close the bathroom door so that your little friend does not make a run for it.
You should also add small toys to the bathe in order to make it more attractive for your kitten. The best thing to do is play with your kitten in the bathtub even when you are not giving it a bath; this will help your furry buddy associate the place with someplace fun. You need to make the environment as comfortable as you can for your kitten.
Consider placing a rubber mat in the bathtub so that your kitten does not slip and if possible also enclose the space by using tools you can easily find online. Enclosing the place helps to keep the kitten steady and makes the entire bathing session easier for you as well as your little friend.
Begin the bathe by gently lowering your kitten into the water, softly praise your kitty and stroke her hair to calm her down. The key here is not to freak out because if you panic your kitten will sense your fear and retaliate in the same way. This only works when both of you are calm and at ease.
Start pouring water on your kitten slowly using a cup. Make sure that your kitten is entirely wet. Stroke, your kittens, fur gently and keep on adding the water. Once you are satisfied that your kitten is completely wet, start to lather the kitty using the cat shampoo. Massage the shampoo all over the kitten’s body, rub it on its belly, paws and anal region. Make sure that none of the shampoo goes into the eyes, ear, or mouth of your little friend.
Once you have cleaned your kitten with the shampoo, start to rinse off the kitty with Luke warm water. Use your hands to gently stroke the fur and continue to add water until you are sure that you have rinsed off all the shampoo. Instead of a cup, you can also use an adjustable showerhead.
After you have thoroughly rinsed off the kitty, use a wet washcloth to clean your kitten’s face. Gently wipe the kitty’s face and make sure that you clean the eyes and the nose. Never place your kitten’s head underwater, which is just calling for trouble.
Drying the Kitten
Once the bathing session is over, place your little friend on a warm, soft towel, and then gently stroke its fur using that towel. Blot the kitten’s face and body slowly. If you want to dry your kitten quickly try using a blow dryer. Remember to keep the blow dryer on the lowest setting and use a brush to comb your kitten’s fur.
After that place your kitten in an enclosed area which is close to a heat source. You don’t want your kitten getting sick or getting dirty again. Afterward, reward your kitten with verbal praise as well as treats.
Is it okay to shave a cat?
Firstly you need to understand that a cat’s hair and human hairs serve different purposes. The hair of your cat helps them regulate their body temperature. If your cat has mats then yes shaving is an option, but shaving your cat frequently can actually interfere with its temperature regulation, and that can stress out your feline friend. I would advise you against shaving your cat unless it’s necessary.
Is there a sedative for cats?
Acepromazine is a prescription tranquilizer use by veterinarians in dogs and cats. Acepromazine is typically used prior to anesthesia and surgery because of its sedative effects and because it can prevent vomiting. It is also used as an aid in controlling excited animals during examination, treatment, and grooming.
How often should you bathe your indoor cat?
Cats do a pretty good job at grooming themselves, and you really do not need to give them a bath regularly. You should bathe your indoor cat at most once a month if your cat is unable to groom herself effectively then you should bathe the poor creature more than once a month.
How often should you brush your cat?
The answer to this question really depends on the type of cat you have. If you have a long-haired cat such as a Persian, then you should brush the little fella at least twice a week but in case of short-haired cats, once a week is sufficient.