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Why do cats groom so frequently? – Fastidious Felines!

14 Feb 2020.

When should we assist in our felines beauty regime?

For the most part many cats will not require much assistance with their personal beauty regime until they get a bit older where conditions like dental disease and arthritis may make grooming trickier. It can be quite distressing for a cat if their coat becomes dishevelled and unkempt, so helping them with a gentle soft bristle brush will improve their coat, their skin health and also importantly their bond with you.  Longhaired cats are slightly different in that they greatly benefit from daily brushing to help prevent matting, even from a young age. Ideally this grooming regime should be introduced as early as possible.

Can cats clean themselves too much?

In short the answer to this is yes they can! There are a number of scenarios where your cat may start grooming obsessively, or to the point where they have created bald or sore spots. Stress is a common underlying cause and this can be caused by a number of things such as moving home, a new baby or even a new cat in the neighbourhood.  Medical conditions such as skin disorders, parasite infections or allergies can also result in over grooming. Since the cat’s tongue is so abrasive, it can cause skin trauma with repeated licking which serves to perpetuate the irritation until you get into a cycle of excessive licking, skin damage and more over-grooming.  It’s important in these situations to get a vet to investigate the potential causes and to treat the signs.  

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