It’s a well-known fact that cats do a pretty good job of keeping themselves clean and well-groomed. However, as cats age, they will need a bit of extra help making sure their coats are in the best condition possible – especially medium to long-haired breeds.
Grooming is central to your cat’s health and wellbeing, not just their appearance. Older cats groom themselves less effectively than younger cats do, which can result in hair matting, skin odour and inflammation.
Daily brushing or combing removes loose hairs, preventing them from being swallowed and forming hairballs. Brushing also stimulates blood circulation, meaning healthier skin and coat.
Cats are experts at hiding illness, and elderly cats are no exception. Regular brushing will give you the opportunity to give your Kitty a once over, check for any lumps or bumps and a general look at their skin under the coat.
The benefits of a professional groom for elderly pets
Many cats do not like to be groomed, but it is well worth the time and effort. For older cats unable to tend to their own coat, a groom will:
- Reduce heat stress or overheating
- Prevent the risk parasites that are easier to find when the coat is shorter
- Notice any lumps, bumps or scratches
- Reduce irritation to the skin and paws
- Get rid of painful mats and knots
- Remove foreign objects like grass-seeds which have serious health implications for your cat
Lastly, grooming your cat is a great opportunity for you and your pet to spend some peaceful, quality time together, which they will definitely appreciate at this stage in their life.