The maintenance of your cat’s coat is ensured by local care ( shampoos, brushing, combing), but also by the contribution in its diet of food supplements. Regular good hygiene, ensured by the use of products specifically adapted to the cat’s skin, makes it possible to prevent a large number of very frequent skin diseases ( allergy, hyper-seborrhoea, pyoderma, etc.).
Should you wash your cat?
The cat is a naturally clean animal that spends a lot of time grooming itself. But, there are many times when washing your cat will have to be done: health problem, soiled, smelly or dirty coat. In addition, washing a cat on a regular basis, obviously using shampoos specifically adapted to its coat and skin, can provide many benefits:
- Improved human/cat relationship
- Removal of dead hair
- Improved coat quality and appearance
- Detangling action
- Early detection of dermatological disorders
- Highlighting any external parasites (fleas, lice, ticks, etc.)
- Certain shampoos, whose composition is special, maybe prescribed for your cat to treat skin diseases such as pyoderma, hyper-seborrhoea, allergies… Most shampoos specifically designed for our cats are enriched with rehydrating substances which reconstitute the superficial lipid film.
HOW TO CLEAN A CAT’S HAIR?
BRUSH YOUR CAT REGULARLY
You should brush your cat frequently and mainly during molting periods, which will reduce the amount of Cats without hair he can absorb by licking himself (also in the house!) and will prevent the formation of fluff and knots. Especially if your feline belongs to a long-haired cat breed.
WASH YOUR CAT
You must bathe your cat 3 to 4 times a year using baths that can be repeated more frequently in “dirty” cats or whose skin disease will be treated by local care using specific shampoos prescribed by the veterinarian ( in case of allergies, pyoderma, or hyper seborrhoea). We advise you to accustom your kitten, from an early age to being washed, which will facilitate this manipulation throughout its life.
THE STEPS TO WASH YOUR CAT
First of all, prepare the equipment you will need: specific shampoo, towel, brush, comb, and possibly a hairdryer. Begin by calmly and gently untangling your cat’s coat by reassuring and stroking it.
Place it gently in lukewarm water. The tub or sink should only be filled with a few inches of water, as immersing the cat’s body completely will only stress it out.
Hold him by the skin of his neck and start pouring warm water over his body, avoiding his muzzle and eyes, directly with the showerhead or using a small container.
Gently massage her body with her shampoo.
Then rinse it with a light jet and wrap it immediately with a good towel to dry it.
Brush it well and comb it once dry, to avoid clumps of hair. NB: If your cat is particularly recalcitrant and opposed to any form of a bath, prefer the use of a damp cloth or a washcloth soaked in lukewarm water. But do not forget to dry it well, the cat does not snort like the dog.
WHICH SHAMPOO TO USE FOR A CAT?
Cat hair and skincare
You need shampoos adapted to the skin and coat of the cat to stay clean in all circumstances. A cat has very sensitive, thin, and fragile skin, completely different from that of humans: the pH of our skin is acidic while that of the cat is neutral. Using a human shampoo on a cat may cause irritation and allergies. For regular maintenance, choose a shampoo that best suits your cat. Some moisturize their skin, others with anti-detangling properties will be suitable for long-haired cats ., prone to knots and fuzz that tend to form in the coat. It is sometimes recommended to use shampoos specifically designed to treat certain skin diseases such as allergies, pyoderma, or even hyper seborrhoea.
HOW TO DISINFECT A CAT’S WOUND?
Small wounds, superficial cuts, or scratches with little blood, must be treated seriously because they can develop into infections if they are not taken care of quickly. To disinfect the skin of a cat, we advise you:
- Beforehand, wash your hands and possibly wear gloves to avoid any contact with the wound.
- Clean the wound with soap and water, taking care beforehand to cut the hair around the affected area using round-tipped scissors or using a clipper. Once the wound has been cleared, you can clean it with sterile compresses starting from the center towards the edges.
- Once the wound has been cleaned, it must be rinsed with clean water and disinfected with a specific antiseptic.
- During skin alteration, it is useful to use healing balms or ointments, which support the integrity of the skin, and repair, purify, protect and create an environment conducive to its regeneration.
When your cat has deep skin wounds or you have any doubts about the seriousness of the skin lesions, we advise you to consult your veterinarian as soon as possible so that he can quickly put in place the most appropriate treatment and thus avoid any bad surprise.
HOW TO ELIMINATE MY CAT’S DANDRUFF?
Dandruff in cats is particles of skin that peel, die, fall to the ground, or stay on your cat’s body. The appearance of dandruff is a completely normal physiological phenomenon during molting, but it can be excessive in skin disorders of various origins.
THE CLASSIC TREATMENT FOR DANDRUFF
BRUSHING THE CAT AGAINST DANDRUFF
When the dandruff present on your cat’s coat is not due to an underlying pathology, the first advice to give you is to brush your cat very regularly (daily) in order to remove dead hair and to allow his skin to breathe.
FOOD AND FOOD SUPPLEMENTS TO ELIMINATE DANDRUFF
You can improve a cat’s skin integrity either by feeding it a diet specifically designed to maintain healthy skin. You can also add food supplements (rich in vitamins, trace elements, and especially essential fatty acids) to your daily ration, which will improve the beauty and health of your skin.