Many people believe that pets do not like to be groomed but I believe that it is a matter of routine and familiarity. If you only groom your pet twice a year then they are not going to be as enthusiastic or accepting about it as if you maintain a strict grooming schedule. If a cat or dog hasn’t been brushed for, let’s say, 3 months, then their fur or coat may be much more tangled than if it had only been a month since they were last brushed; this makes the process more unpleasant for the animal.
Grooming doesn’t mean that your pet has to be perfect and pampered. It is simply the process of keeping them clean and making sure they have good hygiene which will ensure that you have a happy and healthy companion. Regular maintenance means that you will know your pet’s body extremely well and will be able to quickly notice any problems with his/her health.
The most common part of grooming is the brushing of a pet’s coat. This is essential as it helps to remove dead skin and hair, to release and disperse the natural oils contained in the coat and to stop an odour developing. Whilst cats are very fastidious and do clean themselves, they still need to be brushed in order to help prevent the build-up of dead hair and in turn, the development of fur-balls. What kind of comb or brush you should use and how regularly you should use it depends entirely on the type of coat your furry-friend has; the longer the coat, the more frequently it needs to be brushed.
Whilst the maintenance of the coat is the most common part of grooming an animal, there are other parts of a pet that are equally as important and need the same attention to detail and care. The teeth should be checked regularly and routine dental care is important for your pet’s health. The ears should be examined consistently as they are a common source for infection on animals. Eyes should also be kept under close observation.
Now on to two parts of the grooming process that most animals will not like, even if done regularly; baths and nail-trimming. Baths are often a source of stress and exerted- effort for both the owner and the animal. However, they are essential in giving your pet a proper clean and really are worth the time they take. In addition, the more a pet’s coat is brushed, the less often it will need a bath. It is also essential to trim your pet’s claws as if they grow too long and touch the floor, then it will produce unneeded stress on the animal’s foot/paw. Use tools designed specifically for this purpose and be extremely careful; animal’s paws are one of the most sensitive parts of their bodies.
There is no all-encompassing grooming schedule that applies to cats or dogs as a whole. Each animal is individual and it is up to you to learn how often they need grooming. Whilst it can seem trivial to some, it really is an imperative process that must be up-held by all responsible pet owners.
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