Spring is a good time to talk about good grooming habits! Now, I know you think us cats do a very good job at grooming ourselves, and we do – up to a point. In fact depending upon whether we are short-haired or long-haired, or if we are senior kitties – we can use some help along the way.
WHAT?! You want to clean my ears? No way!! I can remember telling my mom that, shortly after my adoption, when we got back from Dr. Heather Peikes’ office when I was diagnosed with a yeast infection all over my body and in my ears. Dr. Peikes said my ears were filled with “dirt and debris” and I was unable to keep up with proper ear-cleaning
Mom says that the number one priority for a preventative wellness lifestyle is diet…followed closely by good oral health. The American Veterinary Medical Association sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month every February. It is such an important topic that it warrants a whole month of attention, so let’s get serious about it!
Last week, mom took me to Holistic Pet Care in Little Falls, New Jersey because they offer a non-anesthesia dental cleaning procedure. Mercy Garcia of TLC Rescue had recommended it for me since she knew I was due for a cleaning and mom tries to avoid anything that could possibly be a risk to me and Beau…and if you can avoid getting knocked out – that’s the way to go!
Even short-hair cats need a brushing! Being big and black, I leave a lot of cat hair around the house. Besides hair on the couch and all over mom's white jeans - she really goes crazy with what she calls the "Black Sagebrush" that rolls around the hardwood floors and collects under the bed. Even though springtime is the big shedding season, in truth I shed fur every day.
When mom first adopted me 2 years ago, I was "overgrooming" a lot. Mainly licking my back left paw until it was bald in spots. Within time I had bald spots on my front paws and even on my left side. Additionally, I was scratching a lot and generally very itchy
Whenever mom comes after me with the nail clippers...I run! I really can't stand getting my claws trimmed!! Mom & I have had a few "fights' over it too - LOL. However, mom has stopped chasing me and instead makes me put on my ThunderShirt when she wants to trim my claws. There is something about getting "swaddled" in the ThunderShirt which really calms me down.