Essential Cat Grooming and Care Items
Cats are fairly easy pets. They aren’t as needy as dogs and are typically okay being left alone all day while you’re at work. They can keep themselves occupied and tend to enjoy time alone. Cats clean themselves and use the bathroom in the litter box, so you don’t need to worry about letting them out. However, they still do require some grooming and effort on your part. Here are some essential grooming items for your cat.
Some people who have indoor cats prefer to get their cats declawed entirely. However, this isn’t comfortable for your cat and could be dangerous if they ever got out of the house and faced a predator. Still, cats with claws should have their nails clipped every so often. Too sharp claws can scratch up your floors, furniture, and even your skin. Get a pair of nail clippers with a safeguard that lets you trim your cat’s claws without cutting too far down.
Your cat can clean himself, which is one of the best benefits of having a cat. You don’t have to spend time giving them baths or drying them off. They also tend to remove their own fur while they clean themselves, which is what leads to hairballs. However, their self-grooming might not always get all the hair up. A brush for your cat can remove excess fur and even help reduce the amount of shedding you find in your house.
This is probably one of the most important things you can get for your cat. Unless your cat spends significant amounts of time outside, this is where they will go to the bathroom. Without a litter box, your cat will use the house as its bathroom. Be sure to place the litter box in a secluded place to give your cat some privacy. You should also have separate boxes for each cat and keep them away from other pets, such as dogs, that could get into it.
Your cat’s litter box needs to be cleaned and changed frequently. You probably need to replace the litter entirely every few days, depending on your cat, though it could be as frequently as every other day or as infrequently as once a week. However, you do need to scoop poop out of the litter box even more often. Ideally, you’ll scoop the litter box once or twice a day to remove poop and clumps of litter. If you can, scoop as soon as your cat has used the bathroom. Cats prefer clean litter boxes, and this will make sure they continue to use them.
A litter mat is a small, often rubber mat that you put under your cat’s litter box. It should be bigger than the box so that your cat has to walk on it when they leave the box. This helps keep your cat’s paws clean and prevents him from tracking litter into the rest of the house.
You cat probably does not like baths. That won’t stop her from getting into some messy situations. If you try to get her in the bath, she may fight and resist. Wet wipes can help you easily remove any sticky, wet, or dirty messes that you don’t want your cat bringing around the house.