When You Need a Grooming Appointment for Your Cat

Learn the signs that your cat needs to go to a groomer.

Cats are often thought of as "self-cleaning," and, to a large extent, many of them are. However, some cats aren't able to groom themselves as well as others, some have breed-specific characteristics that lend themselves to requiring grooming intervention, and sometimes extending circumstances cause a need for a cat to visit a groomer.

What Routine Grooming Do All Cats Need?

All cats, regardless of their breed, age, and other circumstances, need certain basic grooming done by us. This includes:

The majority of cats can have these basic grooming requirements performed at home. However, some cats are averse to having some of them done, so those cats might require grooming appointments even for this basic care.

As cats get older, they often groom themselves less or aren't as efficient at it, so they may need more frequent brushing and claw trimming as they age.

What Are Some Signs Your Cat Needs a Special Grooming Appointment?

Here are some things to watch for that indicate your cat needs an appointment with a professional groomer:

If your cat develops a strong odor, is losing fur in patches, is scratching excessively or licking at particular spots, or has unusual eye, nose, or ear drainage, your first stop should be the veterinarian, not the groomer.

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