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Cat Grooming

The Benefits and Importance of Cat Grooming

While cats do a good job with basic grooming on their own, there are a number of grooming related items that they need help with. These include:

  • Checking for fleas
  • Noticing mats in your cat’s fur before they become unmanageable
  • Keeping tabs on whether your cat has gained or lost weight
  • Making sure your cat’s nails are trimmed
  • Checking for irregularities of the skin

Cat Grooming Services Offered

For the cat who does need some extra grooming care, the veterinary grooming services we offer include:

  • Ear cleaning
  • Cleaning soiled fur to reduce odors
  • Trimming nails
  • Medical bathing treatments
  • Thorough brushing, especially for long-haired cats who are prone to fur matting

Cat Bathing

Cats usually do not require baths, as some cats can become stressed by bathing. Typically, the only time you may need to bathe your cat is if it gets into something that has to be promptly removed from the fur. If this is the case, here is what we suggest:

  • Use a mild shampoo
  • Keep the water temperature warm, not hot or cold
  • Perform the bathing in a small area, to minimize the chances for your cat to run off

If dermatological conditions arise, then bathing with a prescribed cleanser may be recommended.

Cat Nail Trimming

One of the best and safest ways to trim your cat’s nails is to be informed before you begin. Knowing how to hold your cat comfortably, without causing stress to your cat is highly recommended.

Specialized cat nail clippers can be used, however it is extremely important to understand that most of what looks like the cat’s nail actually contains the cat’s “quick”, which delivers blood supply to the nail. As the cat’s nail gets longer, so does the quick. This is why trimming longer cat nails typically results in the nail bleeding. However, as the tip of the nail is trimmed, the quick will recede. Therefore, proper trimming of cat’s nails involves trimming the very tip of the nail and then waiting a few days for the quick to recede, then trimming the very tip of the nail again. This can be repeated several times on longer nails until the quick recedes enough that you are able to trim the nail to the proper length.

However, the trickiest part may be simply handling your cat in a way that you will be able to trim the nail without causing undue trauma to them and potentially earning yourself some cat scratches or bites along the way. Because of this, cat nail trimming is a task that is best left to professionals.

Cat Haircuts

Most veterinarians typically do not recommend cutting your cat’s fur. For some long-haired breeds whose fur becomes matted or tangled, those tangles may need to be cut out. There are a few styles such as the “lion’s cut” which have become popular among owners of long haired cats. However, these cuts require trimmers that can make cats very uneasy, startled, and unnecessarily traumatized. These are services that are best left in the hands of professionals.

Full Service, Certified Groomer Available at Valley Veterinary Hospital Murrieta!

Full service cat grooming packages include:

  • Bath
  • Brush
  • Blow dry
  • Ear cleaning
  • Nail trim
  • Haircut

Schedule a Cat Grooming Appointment today!

Call Valley Veterinary Hospital Murrieta directly at (951) 677-7811, or schedule an appointment online.

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