You all know how much I love to be brushed, right? I would get brushed all day long if I could. It feels so good. But not only does it feel good, brushing is good for me, too.
Being a long haired cat, I should be brushed daily, if possible. Constantly, if I had my way. Even short haired cats like those 2 boy cats that live with me need brushing…just not as often as a long haired one like me.
Here are 5 reasons why you should brush your cat.
- It reduces shedding. Regular brushing removes excess fur which means there’s less fur to get on furniture or blankets or beds.
- It prevents mats. Mats can be uncomfortable and even painful for cats. Sometimes the only way to remove mats is to shave them off. Regular brushing helps to prevent mats from forming and getting to the point of requiring shaving.
- It keeps your cat’s furs and skin clean and healthy. Brushing removes dirt and debris, and helps to distribute the natural oils in your cat’s skin. This keeps your cat’s fur looking shiny. It’s also a good way to check for fleas on your cat.
- It prevents hairballs. By brushing your cat and removing the excess fur, there’s less fur for your cat to ingest when it grooms itself. Less ingested fur means less hairballs.
- It helps to create a bond between you and your cat. I know I’m not the easiest cat to get along with, but when the lady with the yellow hair brushes me, I turn into a pile of mush…I love being brushed that much.
Now this is something I found hard to believe…not all kitties like to be brushed. I say they don’t know what they are missing! To get your cat used to brushing, it helps to start when they’re young. If you didn’t start brushing your cat at an early age, you can still get your cat used to it. Let them sniff and check out the brush. Start off slowly. And stop when you think he they’ve had enough.
It’s important to use a good brush, too. There are lots of pet brushes available. We have several that the lady with the yellow hair uses, like the Furminator or the Zoom Groom. Sometimes she uses just a regular human brush on me. I don’t care what she uses, as long as she brushes me. And I think NOW is a good time for it.
Do you brush your cat? Does your cat like to be brushed?