Before you prepare to groom your cat, you should make sure you have the right tools. Any task is easier when you have the proper tools and creating a cat grooming toolbox will help you keep everything together to make grooming even easier.
Your Grooming Toolbox Should Include
- Nail trimmers – Look for one specifically designed for cats that is sharp, stainless steel, and has a curved tip. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations as well as a tutorial on how to use them.
- Grooming comb – Combs with long, even, fine to medium teeth, rounded tips, and a handle are recommended. The handle can make it easier to reach between the forelegs and to work on any mats that need to be split and worked out.
- Flea comb – You may need a comb with very fine teeth for early detection of flea infestation, especially if your cat can go safely outdoors or there are other pets in the household. An inexpensive plastic comb is fine, but a good quality steel comb is better.
Other Useful Items
- Cat grooming rake (if you have a cat with long hair)
- Shedding tool (which is like a heavy-duty grooming comb)
- Grooming mitt
- Clippers for cats with long hair (human beard trimmers can work for small areas, pet grooming clippers are needed for more extensive shaving)
- Brushes, matt splitters, rubber massage tools, and other imaginative items are all fine if they work well for you and your cat.
Additional Grooming Tool Tips
- Store your grooming tools in the same cabinet with your cat’s food to help create a positive association.
- Give a food treat after a formal grooming session to help enhance a positive association with grooming.
- You may also want to keep some tools convenient to a place where your cat likes to sit on your lap for those relaxing informal sessions.
- You may need to determine which tools your cat prefers. If your cat isn’t a huge fan of being groomed, start with small sessions and give lots of breaks in between.