3 Ways to Take Care of Your Cats’ Skin

 


Grooming your cat is an amazing way to ensure they are leading a healthier life. Overall grooming may involve many steps, but there are a few key areas to pay attention to. For instance, some cats are fussy and don’t like having their nails trimmed or being bathed but they’re both vital to your cat’s overall well-being. While these simple grooming habits are critical, arguably the most important element to your cats’ health you should pay attention to is their skin. Keeping your cats’ skin and coat in great condition is a key to ensuring they are leading a happy, healthy life.

 

Your cats’ skin will look and feel great with a balanced diet

 

Similar to how what we eat as humans affects our skin, our pets should be eating a healthy balanced diet. Ensuring you’re feeding your pet the proper nutrients appropriate for their age and activity level can help them live a more active and healthier lifestyle. Some of the most important nutrients for your cats’ diet are omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients contribute to both a healthier skin and coat for your pet. If you’re not sure what food to feed your pet, make sure you consult your veterinarian.

 

Make sure to brush your cat often

 

Brushing your cat is an awesome way to help stimulate blood circulation, remove dead hairs and distribute oils throughout the skin and coat. Depending on the length of hair your cat has, you’ll want to ensure you’re brushing their hair as often as is appropriate. For cats with longer hair this means you might need to brush more frequently. Not only does brushing help avoid severe matting, it’s also a great excuse to bond with your cat.

 

Making sure you brush your cat frequently is a good way to make sure you notice if there’s anything wrong. According to the AVMA, cats are masters at masking signs of disease. Because of this, owners should make sure they are brushing their hair and checking in on their cat often. In doing so, they might be able to recognize signs of illness and pain much quicker. 

 

Don’t forget to bathe your cat 

 

Because cats are constantly licking and self-grooming, you may think you can skip this step but it’s still important. A good bath can be great for your cats’ skin, especially if your cat is sick or has an injury and is unable to groom themselves. If you’re unsure of how often to bathe or what type of shampoo (if any) to use, your veterinarian is a great resource. Bathing is an awesome way to remove airborne allergens and dust and keep your cats’ skin fresh and clean.

 

If you do your due diligence and take care of your feline best friend, the chances of them leading a happy healthy life are much higher. By feeding them a balanced diet, ang brushing/ bathing often you are providing the best care for your pet. If you are doing all you can to keep your cat healthy and notice they are scratching and/or licking their skin excessively, that might be a sign something is wrong. Keep an eye out for signs of illness and make sure to reach out to our team at the Bregman Veterinary Group if you happen to notice anything out of the ordinary. From seasonal allergies to parasites, your cat may need medical attention and our team is always there to help. 

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