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Cat Grooming, Bathing, Clipping, Brushing Services and Tips

Kitten after bath

Cat Grooming, Bathing, Clipping, Brushing Services and Tips

Cats typically take care of daily grooming by themselves. If you’ve ever seen a cat lying in the sun grooming itself, it can be quite calming to observe the meticulous routine. Cats instinctively groom themselves to banish any odors that may be noticed by other animals, especially predators. Cats are also able to maintain a healthy-looking coat by daily grooming and distributing natural oils to keep their coats clean and shiny.

The Benefits and Importance of Cat Grooming

While cats do a good job with basic grooming on their own, there are a number of things you can do to be assured your cat has a healthy coat. These include:

  • A weekly flea check
  • Noticing mats in your cat’s fur before they become unmanageable
  • Attending to any dermatologic problems by scheduling a vet appointment
  • Keeping tabs on whether your cat has gained or lost weight
  • Checking to make sure your cat’s nails are trimmed
  • Once a week while brushing, be sure to look for irregularities of the skin.
  • Brushing is also a positive way to interact with your cat.


If you notice irregularities or have questions we would encourage you to contact us.

Cat Grooming Services Offered At North Elm Animal Hospital

For the cat who does need some extra grooming care, the veterinary grooming services we offer include:

  • Ear cleaning
  • Sanitary cuts 
  • Trimming nails
  • Medicated and regular baths
  • Thorough brushing, especially for long-haired cats who are prone to fur matting
  • Complete body grooms including shaving

Cat Bathing

From a veterinary perspective, cat bathing is rarely recommended and typically cats don’t require baths. Some cats can become stressed by bathing. Typically, the only time you may need to bathe your cat is if it gets into something that has to be promptly removed from the fur. If this is the case, here is what we suggest:

  • Use a mild shampoo
  • Keep the water temperature warm, not hot or cold
  • Perform the bathing in a small area, to minimize the chances for your cat to run off
  • Before you get started, know how to handle your cat properly


Of course, if dermatological conditions arise, then bathing with a prescribed medicated shampoo may be recommended.

Cat Claw Trimming

Trimming your cat’s claws can be challenging. One of the best and safest ways to trim your cat’s nails is to be informed before you begin. Perhaps watching a video will teach you how to hold your cat comfortably while showing you step by step how to get the job done quickly, without causing stress to your cat. Specialized cat nail clippers can be used, however it is extremely important to understand that most of what looks like the cat’s nail actually contains the cat’s “quick” which delivers the blood supply to the  nail and looks like a pinkish area within the wide part of the nail. You can safely trim the white narrow hook that is at the end of the nail and well beyond the "quick." However, even once you understand the procedure for trimming your cat’s nails little by little, the trickiest part may be simply handling the cat in a way that you will be able to trim the nail without causing undue trauma to the cat and potentially earning yourself some cat scratches along the way. When in doubt, cat claw trimming is a task that is best left to professionals.

Cat Hair Cuts

Most cats do not need to have their hair cut. However, some long-haired breeds whose fur becomes matted or hopelessly tangled may ned to have their hair cut. Also there are a few styles such as the “lion’s cut” which have become popular among owners of long haired cats.  These cuts required electric trimmers that can make some cats very uneasy. If neccessary, we can provide sedation to make the grooming process very smooth. Our groomer has many years of experience in making your cat look fabulous!

Tips For Bathing, Nail Clipping, Hair Cutting and Combing At Home

  • Cats who have long hair need to be combed more often than short-haired cats. Try to comb your cat’s fur at least a couple times per week.
  • Keep your cat’s nails trimmed for their comfort and to protect yourself from being scratched. We are happy to provide nail trims if you are unable to do this at home.
  • If you notice your cat itching, biting or developing skin conditions such as bumps, rashes, fur loss, scaly dry skin or any other dermatological condition, make a veterinary appointment right away.

Schedule A Cat Grooming Appointment Today

If your cat is not keeping up with his grooming, or you notice anything unusual with his skin, make a veterinary appointment today. Our staff is available to take your call at (336) 545-3400.

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