Cat Grooming

Unlike the ever loyal canines that are easy to groom, when it comes to cats, well, you will need to consider a few important things. Firstly, cats groom themselves, but that is not really enough since they do not use detergent or shampoos, so you still need to groom yours. Secondly, a well-groomed feline is mostly free of pet dander that is so notorious for causing allergic reactions and thirdly, cats are harder to groom. This means you may have to wait until the cat is in a good mood. Mostly being a dog person but recently having acquired a new addition – a cat that my dog sniffed suspiciously until she lashed at their nostrils and earned their respect, I had to look for some fur cleaning tips for cats. I want clean fur rubbing against my legs. Here are a few tips that have come in handily for me for cleaning my cat:


Make it about play and fun

woman combing cat

What is your mood and most importantly, what is your cat’s mood? Believe me, I used to get sour at my cat when she would not stand still for grooming until a friend told me that the cat associates my bad mood with grooming and will do anything possible to avoid it. Today, I only groom my cat when I am bubbly and when I know that she is in a good mood too. This way, we enjoy it together. After a successful grooming session, I then reward her with a nice treat.


Make it short

No cat wants to stay in your hands for 25 minutes as you disturb its fur with a brush. Thus, you have to keep the grooming time short, not more than 10 minutes. Anyway, considering that cats groom themselves, this should be more than enough time.


Get the cat used to the idea of you touching it everywhere

Cats are so selfish they love petting all the time. But that is a good selfishness because you can use it to advantage. When playing with your cat, touch it everywhere – belly, legs, back, face, behind the ears, tail and so on. This way, the cat gets used to the idea of you touching it anywhere. This will pay off beautifully during grooming.


Brush the fur regularly

You can set a schedule and get the cat used to it. For example, you can brush the cat’s hair after feeding, a few times a week. If the cat has longer fur, that will need to be brushed more often. Cat fur is home to dander and other allergens which the cat will spread as he or she uses the couches, beds and other furniture. To avoid that, make a habit of brushing the fur regularly.


Bathing the cat

cat in a bucket

Cats hate water, but not when you do it lovingly. Fill the tub with a quarter of warm water and make the cat stand inside. Tubs are slippery, so place a grooved rubber mat inside for the cat’s feet. Using a spray hose, a jug or large mug, pour warm water on the cat’s fur, but avoid the eyes and ears, and then apply shampoo and rub it on gently for some time. Rinse the cat and rub it dry with a clean towel. After that, keep the room humidity low; remove the moisture from the air to keep the cat dry and comfortable.


Other grooming needs include clipping the nails, and then you are done. A cat with clipped nails is a safe cat as it cannot tear things.

Chocolate Fondue

I love nights out with my girlfriends, whether it is about tossing tequila or drinking the bloody Marys to celebrate something, I just cannot wait for the once-per-month rendezvous that we usually organize. However, I have realized that there is always a price to pay for the nights out. If I am not nursing a head killing hangover, then I am trying to remember the things that I said when I was tipsy, and how many ex-boyfriends I called to see whether they missed me. But hey, that is what life is all about no? I have realized that even something as innocent as taking a chocolate fondue with my girlfriend has its repercussions. When I stained my lovely Willie Nelson t-shirt, I tried getting rid of the chocolate stain to no avail.

That is why I went to my friend to look for the best tips for cleaning such stains and here is what she told me:

strawberry dipped in chocolate

Be patient, very

Take your time to treat a stain. It will not come off as fast as you would like. In fact, you may have to take the garment through a few stages of cleaning, that is, pre-cleaning, soaking, cleaning and rinsing, all to get rid of the stain. So get a good cleaning product and apply it directly on the stain, then wait some time before you attempt to clean it. Chocolate is stubborn, give it time.


Clean it out as soon as you discover it

That is right – the moment you spill chocolate on your clothes, you should clean it out. If you are not in a position to clean it, scrape out the excess chocolate because it can spread, making the stain bigger than it should be.

chocolate stains on shirt

Take the stain under cold water and flush it out. Oops, this may not be possible as it may mean you having to get out of your t-shirt, or dress, and you sure do not want to do that at a party. But if it is at home, you should take the stain to running water immediately and run it through and through.

You should also use an organic laundry or dishwashing detergent to clean the stain. Just use a little. But make sure to rub it in such that it penetrates to the interior of the garment. Some detergents are made with special additives that remove stubborn stains.

After that, soak the garment in water for about 15 minutes and after every so long, rub the stained part. If you need to add some more detergent, just do it. There is no harm.

Once the stain is gone, clean your garment in a cleaning machine. A cycle and it should be totally free of the stain and if it is still there, repeat the entire process until it is gone.

The above tips are for a washable garment like polyester. However, you may need more care for garments made of cotton, silk or other non-washable fabrics. Scrape the chocolate stain, use cold water on the stained part and place a towel under the stain so that it does not spread to the other side. If you are not confident about cleaning your non-washable garment, take it to a dry cleaner.