Some of you might know about my recently acquired cat - Honey Delite. She's very fluffy! It's also taken several weeks for her to gain our trust. She's a cat that I helped my father adopt for his barn, so she wasn't very friendly at first. Now that we've earned her trust, I've been able to brush her a little bit.
I was starting to get worried about her long fur because I noticed that it was matting a bit in a few areas. That's one of the main reasons why it's good to brush your cat. It's important that cats get regular grooming mostly in the form of brushing.
Some cats love to be brushed, and some don't. Starting at a young age can help a cat get used to being brushed. Of course, that's not always possible just like in my situation. Honey Delite was adopted when she was about 7 years old and I have no idea if she was brushed in her previous life. Even if your older cat doesn't like to be brushed, it's still good to try and get them used to being brushed.
Anyways, I've put together this list of reasons why it's good to brush your cat in hopes that more cat parents will understand the importance of it. Proper grooming for your cat is a must!
Brushing prevents mats. As already mentioned above, this is one of the most important reasons why you should brush your cat on a regular basis. Mats can be very uncomfortable and even painful for cats. Sometimes, the only way to remove mats is by shaving them off. Never try to remove mats with scissors!
Reduces shedding. Brushing your cat helps reduce shedding some by removing excess fur. Instead of the cat shedding on your furniture, the fur is removed by a brush.
Helps keep your cat clean. Cats are pretty good about cleaning themselves but everyone needs a little help every now and then. Brushing can help to remove excess dirt and debris and keep your cat's skin cleaner.
Brushing helps you bond with each other. Since most cats enjoy being brushed, this is a great time to bond with your feline friend. Some cats really enjoy the way it feels too.
Helps spread natural oils over your cat's skin and coat. Brushing your cat will help spread the oils that their skin produces. These oils are responsible for keeping your cat's coat shiny and free of irritants.
Brushing could help lessen hairballs. Some cats have problems with hairballs, especially ones with long fur. Regular brushing can help reduce hairballs in your cat.
A cat with long fur will need to be brushed more often than a cat with short fur. Long-haired cats should probably be brushed on a daily basis, while short-haired cats may only need to be brushed on a weekly basis. As far as bathing goes, it's usually not necessary. If you'd like to know more about bathing your cat, I have written a post about it in the past that you can read - Does Your Cat Need a Bath?
There are tons of cat brushes to chose from but one of the most popular cat brushes is the FURminator. (Clicking the affiliate link will take you to Amazon where you can purchase one.) Find a brush that your cat likes and gets the job done.