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How to Groom Your Cat

Tips from PetSmart and Martha Stewart Pets


Keep your cat’s coat beautiful

Use a comb or brush with wide, rotating, Teflon-coated teeth. To groom sensitive areas, such as the face, ears and throat, use a fine-tooth comb. The fine hair behind the ears and under the throat is very prone to matting. If your cat’s fur has knots or mats, gently detangle them with your fingers. If that doesn’t work, take your cat to a professional groomer, who can shave the matted or knotty area. To maximize glossiness, use a fine-bristle brush to do one last pass through your cat's coat. You can brush with and against the direction the fur grows.

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How to trim your kitty’s claws

  • Use a nail trimmer specifically designed for cats. Never use ordinary scissors to trim your cat’s nails.
  • Hold your cat’s paw firmly and squeeze the paw at the base of the nail. This will cause the nail to protrude.
  • Trim off the nail tip with a single stroke and be careful to stop short of the quick (the blood vessel inside the nail). Cutting into the quick will hurt your cat and cause some bleeding.
  • Smooth the cut edge with a nail file, filing toward the tip.
  • Repeat for each nail.

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