If you have a cat with long hair or a half-length cat at your place, then you have to comb it from time to time. After all, if this is not done, the cat may form tangles and it may suffer from the formation of hairballs in the stomach.
That warlocks, that the coat in the stomach can cause severe suffering to the cat. After all, wolves tighten the skin, causing the appearance of weeping wounds and severe pain. And the hair in the stomach can cause gastritis, pain and even obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract. To avoid all the above horrors, cats need to be combed regularly, even if they are, initially, against this procedure.
You are lucky if your cat is delighted with a comb and purrs loudly during a combing session. Most cats do not like this procedure, and if they allow the owner to spend a comb on the back, then only a couple of seconds, and then they try to run away, or even bite. That is why most owners comb cats to a minimum so as not to spoil their relationship. Some even prefer to exterminate the mats from the wool after the fact.
Many make the big mistake of combing cats by force. With four hands they press the cat to the table and quickly comb out the hair from it, despite its sharp protests in the form of yelling, hissing, growling and physical resistance. It’s easier to physically force the cat once a week than to dance around it with a comb for half a day without any result. But each new procedure, the cat resists more and more, and when he sees a comb, he is already hiding so securely under the sofa that it can’t be lured by any yummy one.
So is it possible to accustom an adult cat to combing? My answer is yes!
First, let’s decide on the tools for combing!
The biggest mistake is to start accustoming a cat to combing out with the help of a curler or furminator. In the first case, these tools are torn off, in the second case, the undercoat is cut off, so the cat may not have a very pleasant impression on their use. I know a lot of people who think sump dogs are the only right tool for combing cats, but this is far from the case.
The best and most pleasant thing to comb out is a massage brush for animals. By the way, you can try the difference on yourself))) even if you don’t have an undercoat. Of course, the brush will not be so effective for removing dead undercoat, but it will be effective for preventing tangles and for accustoming to combing. The furminator is a great thing for a cat that is accustomed to combing! Yes, this is a rather expensive brush, but if it is not a fake, then it fully justifies its price. Cats that are combed out by the furminator at least once a week almost do not leave hair on the surfaces and do not suffer from lumps of hair in the stomach. So you can use it safely on cats who love to comb their hair and are accustomed to this, just do not overdo it. I once licked a cat to the bald head with a furminator.
The glove brush is a pretty advertised thing on the Internet, but I have never seen its workable version. That is, yes, it combes out a little, but the efficiency is weak. But for accustoming to combing, it can be very useful! Such a brush does not scare the cat, because it does not look like a comb. In addition, when used, it resembles just affection with the owner.
So, learning to comb out.
Everything is very simple, but rather tedious, like any training. The foundation, as always, is a positive reinforcement of desired behavior. Choosing a yummy cat to motivate and go!
You need to train your cat to combing out very slowly and gradually. Choose the right time to start combing. You should not catch a cat when it jumps around the apartment in a playful mood, forcibly twist its paws and get a comb. The ideal time for the procedure is in the afternoon, when the cat dozed off on your bed, well-fed, sleepy and calm.
Start combing gradually, so you will help the cat feel more comfortable during the process. Start with a special glove brush, so it will just be an extra affection. Gradually move on to soft massage combs. The first days, make just a couple of strokes of the comb, do not test the patience of the cat. You can get to the cat while she is asleep, once run a comb or a glove over her fur, and when she understands what happened, immediately slip a tasty treat under her nose! Do not hold the cat forcibly and let it go if it wants to. After each stroke, offer the cat a treat. It is possible that for the first time you will only have time to draw a comb through the cat, that’s okay. Still praise her, treat her and let her go about her business!
For the first combing sessions, try to find places on the cat’s body where she likes to be scratched. Under the neck, behind the ear, near the tail – each cat has its own preferences. Choose the localization of combing out for the first sessions and do not go to other places on the body so that the cat has only positive associations with the comb. When she allows herself to comb out for a long time, you can slowly accustom her to combing out “intimate” places – on the belly, armpits, hips and groin. To comb out hard-to-reach spots, try not to turn the cat over and do not lay it in a way that is not comfortable for it. For example, to access the stomach, it is not necessary to turn the cat on its back, if it does not like it, you can simply raise it under the front legs so that it stands on its hind legs.
No need to comb the cat for a long time and painfully, instead, comb a little, but every day. Finish the process before your cat begins to show dissatisfaction and offer the cat “dezhkpot” – a whole bunch of goodies.
For example, I, who had refused the appearance of the house of fluffy cats, taught the cat Mishutka to comb out, which, as it turned out, he could not stand. But the numerous pieces of wool on the floor, and the notorious lumps in his stomach, made me do such an unpleasant thing for him. And the seven-year-old adult fighting cat managed to accustom to this in just a week. Although at the first attempts he tried to eat my hand and run away. Then I was able to comb it even for a whole minute, or even two, if it was scratched mainly under the neck. And she was even able to use a furminator, not a massage brush, as it was at first. I acted exactly according to the above instructions and everything turned out quickly and easily. Of course, there are also “tough nuts”, but with them you just need more patience and work.
Now, I hope you manage to accustom your cat to combing without consequences for all parties involved! Good luck