Cats have mastered the art of self grooming through natural instinct. Using the tools he is equipped with, your cat manages his luxurious locks the best he can. However, there are some things he can’t do himself and he’ll need to count on you for some help.
Routine brushing removes loose hairs and dead skin cells. Brushing your cat keeps his coat free of dirt and spreads natural skin oils that prevent his lavish locks from getting tangled or matted. The amount of time needed for brushing depends on the length of your cat’s coat, though it shouldn’t take long.
Daily grooming decreases the amount of fur he swallows during self-grooming, which leads to fewer hairballs. Brushing away loose hairs also decreases the amount of hair and pet dander in your home, which may reduce the amount of airborne allergens so people with mild cat allergies can share their home with cats.
Not grooming your cat may cause negative results in his health. Mats can pull on delicate skin which may make it difficult for him to walk or if near the armpit area could even tear the skin. Thick mats prevent air from circulating to his skin, possibly resulting in skin irritation or wounds. If irritating enough to him, he may even chew or tear away at the mat causing him to rip his skin.
Matted fur is also a party zone for fleas and ticks. This makes it difficult to find and remove the parasites. Taking the time to groom your cat prevents these things from happening.
If done regularly, grooming will desensitize him to being handled, allowing others the joy of petting your cat. Sharing grooming time can deepen the bond you have with your feline companion making your relationship grow and blossom.