Cats spend a good part of their time grooming. Their hygiene routine is done thanks to their tongue and paws. This toilet allows them to stimulate the sebaceous glands. By licking themselves, cats also ingest vitamin D and activate the production of endorphins, the famous wellness hormones.
Why does a cat groom herself?
You should know that a cat grooms herself after eating, and before and after a nap. The main reason is the simplest: the cat grooms herself to stay clean. She gets rid of the dirt present on her coat.
Cats also like to keep their scent. By licking themselves, they keep their identity. Besides, it is not recommended to perfume a cat!
Finally, cats use grooming to cool off. They deposit a maximum of saliva on their coat and through the evaporation, cool their body.
The grooming may come from stress. The owner can then observe in her cat, compulsive licking or even pulling out hair. In order to resolve this situation, the first thing to do is to consult a veterinarian in order to discard any underlying disease. If this is not the case, it will be necessary to look at the cat’s environment: are there any tensions with other cats? A modification of her territory? A cat is a territorial animal who does not appreciate change and who is used to her routine.
Did you know?
The word allogrooming means when cats groom each other.
It is a sign of friendship, an expression of social cohesion and good understanding feeling between the animals!
Grooming a short-haired cat
The coat of a short-haired cat is much easier to maintain. The owner will have to brush her cat once a week so that she can keep a clean and shiny coat. Brushing will help to remove dead hair during moulting period. I recommend a soft brush to remove the dirt and a brush with plastic nubs for dead hair.
Grooming a long and medium-haired cat
Long- and medium-haired cats should be brushed very regularly, at least once a day. Without maintenance, knots can form in areas where the cat does not necessarily have access, in particular, behind the ears, tail, under chin and shoulder blades. This brushing is mandatory so that the cat does not ingest dead hair to limit hairballs. I recommend a brush with metal pins to untangle knots.
An article from Céline Taphaléchat.