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Caring for a Longhaired Cat

October 15, 2018
Is your feline buddy super fluffy? Longhaired kitties are really cute! Taking care of all that fur can be a bit much for Fluffy, however, so she may need some help. Here, a Des Moines, IA vet discusses caring for longhaired cats.

Brushing

Brushing your cat regularly is beneficial in several ways. First, it will help remove dead fur and dander from Fluffy’s coat. You’ll end up with less fur stuck to your couch, because you’ll be trapping it with a brush. Regular brushings are also good for your kitty’s circulation, and can help prevent or reduce hairballs. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your feline friend, and spend time with her! Pick a time when your furry little diva is feeling relaxed. Start by gently petting your cat, and then slowly incorporate the brush. Offer treats and praise, so she knows that she’s being pampered. When your furball decides that her beauty session is over, just let her go.

Trims

Longhaired cats sometimes inadvertently get litter or fecal matter stuck to their fur. You may want to trim the hair around your furry buddy’s bottom to prevent this from happening. Be sure to use scissors with rounded ends.

Hairballs

Hairballs are not uncommon with longhaired cats. As you may know, hairballs happen when kitties swallow their own fur while grooming themselves. Cats can’t digest fur, so they expel them as hairballs. Suffice it to say, this is not the best part of having a cat. However, hairballs are more than an unsightly mess. They can actually be very dangerous. If Fluffy can’t expel her hairballs, she could develop an intestinal blockage, which is a serious problem. Your vet may recommend giving your pet a hairball remedy. Ask your vet for more information.

Baths

While most cats don’t absolutely have to be bathed, you may want to give Fluffy the occasional bath. Use warm—not hot—water and kitty shampoo. Or, schedule an appointment with the groomer!

Food

Proper nutrition will help keep Fluffy’s fur shiny and healthy. It will also help reduce the amount of hair she sheds. Offer your kitty a premium brand of pet food, one that contains lots of Omega 3 and 6 oils. Ask your vet for nutritional advice. Please contact us, your Des Moines, IA vet clinic, anytime. We’re dedicated to keeping cats healthy, happy, and purring!

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