Whether you’ve just got a new puppy or have had your furry friend for many years, you know the importance of grooming your pet to prevent shedding and matting.
However, while grooming your pet is a major part of its care, it can be difficult to know what type of pampering your pooch or cat might need. That’s why here at the Daily Fluff we’ve rounded up your top tips for grooming your pets:
If you’re a cat owner then you are lucky, they are pretty self-sufficient when it comes to grooming. Despite this, they still need a little bit of loving when it comes to pamper time. Grooming your cat will help regulate their body temperature, help prevent fur balls, as well as being a great excuse for cuddle-time (if they’ll allow it!)
Shorthair cats generally only need to be brushed about once a month – if that. If your kitty is particularly placid, use a bristle brush to sweep up from the tail in the direction of their head. This will bring any loose hairs to the surface. If they’re not so fond of grooming time, you can simply run a brush from head to tail, or use your fingers to brush away loose hairs.
Longhaired cats on the other hand, need to be groomed at least once a week. Longhairs are more likely to mat, which is no fun for anyone (trust us). As with shorthairs, brushing in the direction that is opposite to hair growth will release more of the fallen hairs. Take care in sensitive areas such as the underarms, as this hair is more likely to mat.
Dogs on the other hand, need a little more loving in the grooming department than cats. If you are able to groom your pup at home, then daily brushing is the way to go. This is super important for both dogs with fur and hair, as it will prevent shedding and mats developing.
If your dog sheds hair frequently, then a plastic grooming glove or brush is the best way to go. The fur sticks to the brush, which means that there is less clean up afterwards – win! If you’ve got a hypoallergenic pup, such as a Poodle, a double-sided brush with comb side, and a bristle side is perfect. This will help you fluff up the outer coat, and glide through the inner coat to help reduce mats.
Dogs can definitely be a bit more of a handful to groom, so we would recommend asking your local groomer or vet what specific beauty requirements your dog has. Remember, the best time to groom your pet is when they are feeling relaxed, so we would recommend after dinner, or just before bedtime. Keeping treats with you will help this process run as smoothly as possible!