Looking for cat grooming tips? Between bath time, brushing, claw control and even dental care, there's a lot to think about! These tips will help you keep Fluffy in tip top shape!
The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to Maine Coon Cat grooming tips is that awesome coat.
Although it doesn't require the same commitment to grooming as some exotic cat breeds, there is some maintenance required. It's a basic part of cat care!
Helping out your cat with some brushing time will do wonders to decrease or even eliminate hairballs.
Brushing Time: The coat has two layers. The undercoat is fluffier and softer. It certainly can mat quite a bit if it is ignored.
Find a cat brush that works well for you, and make sure to use it at least weekly. (We love our FURminator).
Your Coon will grow to enjoy this attention. Read more about it in How To Groom A Cat - 9 Steps To A Beautiful Cat.
When you do find mats, it's possible to work them out if they are not too tight. A comb works best for this, starting from the end, away from the skin. Try to hold the base of the mat tightly near the skin, to avoid pulling.
Many times you'll find mats when it's just too late. They can get very hard and tight. Trying to brush these out will hurt the skin and cause your cat to dislike brushing time.
Wait for a time when the cat is really happy and sleepy. Take a fine-tooth comb, such as a flea comb and put it between the skin and mat.
Then snip along the comb on the mat side. You might find you need a helper for this.
If the mats are really out of control, there is a more drastic option. It's called a lion cut. Ask your vet to refer you to a good groomer for this.
Basically, the cat gets shaved. Some fur is left at the tail, head, and feet to resemble a lion. This is a good solution for some people. The fur will grow back brand new.
Bathe a Cat? Yes!
Maine Coons are laid-back and adaptable. They will never really like a bath, but they can be trained to tolerate one.
With all that fur, a Maine Coon sometimes needs a little help keeping clean! Read on for tips on how to bathe a cat.
True, most cat owners don't do this. But if you want to, there are special toothbrushes and toothpaste made just for cats. It couldn't hurt!
Gingivitis can actually be a problem for cats, and brushing their teeth is beneficial. Taking care of a cat's mouth and gums is actually quite important for their overall health.
We've been trimming the cats claws since they were kittens. It's one of the easiest cat grooming tips. They can be very active, running full speed around the house, using those claws for traction.
It is a natural alternative to cat declawing. You should be able to find special clippers at the pet store. They work great.
It's really very easy to do. Just squeeze the paw until the claw reveals itself. Press it all the way out. Then clip.
If the cat is light in color you'll be able to see the flesh, or quick, beneath. If the cat is dark, just clip off a little bit, until you get used to it.
One of the newer cat grooming tips out there involves cat claw covers. These ingenious little caps slide right over a cats claws, turning them into "soft claws."
Here is our page all about the very popular Soft Paws Cat Claw Covers.
Hopefully this page of our top Maine Coon Cat grooming tips will get you (and your cat) on the way to being lovely and well-groomed!
Cat grooming is definitely a huge part of Maine Coon cat care!