Cats

5 Ways to Improve Your Cat’s Hygiene

By Odie Blog Editors on September 3, 2021

Cats are known for their personal hygiene maintenance and general cleanliness. However, there are ways that you can also help your furry feline friend have the best hygiene possible!

Here are 5 tips to improve your cat’s hygiene:

Brush your cat at least once a week. 

Brushing your cat not only removes mats, dirt, and loose hair from her coat, but it helps to remove skin flakes and stimulates blood circulation, which improves their overall skin health. Fortunately, most cats enjoy being brushed, so your cat will enjoy some quality grooming time with you!

Provide your cat with the purrfect diet and keep them hydrated. 

Much like humans, our cat’s diet directly affects many aspects of their overall health. Cats eat a mostly carnivorous diet, and it’s important to spend the money on high quality wet food for your feline. Also, there are several products on the market that help regularly dispense food and water to your cat in adjustable portions. This helps your maintain your cat’s healthy weight as well.

Maintain excellent dental hygiene. 

Many cat owners may think that cat dental hygiene is not as much of a concern as a dog’s or person’s, but this is not the case. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 70 percent of cats have some form of dental disease by the time they’re 3 years old. This can many times go undetected by owners, because cats simply learn to adapt when the pain associated with dental problems comes on slowly over time. That is why it is important to bring your cat regularly to the vet so they can assess your cat’s dental health.

Bathe every 4-6 weeks. 

Most cats don’t like water, which can make bathing them a struggle. But it is necessary to maintain your cat’s optimal hygiene. Use only shampoo for cats or kittens and keep water out of their face and ears, as this bothers them the most. Dry them with a towel or blow dryer on cool. If you give your cat a treat at the end, so they’ll start to associate a bath with something pleasant

Schedule regular veterinary visits. 

How often you should bring your cat to the vet depends on the age of your furry friend. However, these regular visits give the vet a chance to catch any potential feline diseases in their early stages, administer vaccines, thoroughly clean their teeth, and tell if they are at a healthy weight. Remember, a healthy cat is a happy cat!

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