Cat grooming typically includes nails being clipped, trimming around problem areas such as around the bottom, fur being combed and smoothened through, maybe some matts shaved out, and occasionally a bath. A cat groomer can presume hissing and grumbling from some cats that resent being handled. However, there are a number of cats that are extremely aggressive towards their owner and cat groomer when approached to comb their fur, and these are the ones I’d like to talk about now. Meanwhile, you can read more about grooming a cat here.
Some cats will willingly accept being groomed (and even greatly enjoy it!), but if you are not this fortunate, you may have a cat that certainly hates being groomed and will even do anything to avoid it.
At times, this can also mean that they get aggressive if you attempt to groom them, which makes for a repulsive situation for everyone concerned.
What can you do if your cat or pet refuses to let you go anyplace near them with a grooming brush? These are our top tips for persuading the pets to at least tolerate being groomed easily.
Why Your Cat Hates Being Groomed
First of all, it can be very helpful to have an idea of why your cat is so aggressive toward being groomed.
Some of the things that can affect behavior these include:
- Being frightened of the prospect of being groomed
- Having had a bad experience with grooming done in the past
- Not liking being handled in general
- Having a very snarled coat that causes injury if it’s even gently teased with a comb
- Developing a Positive Association with Grooming
Whatever the reason for your cat’s objection of grooming, they have developed a negative association toward grooming, and this had led the cats to be very skeptical about it.
Building a much more positive relationship with the grooming brush can go a long way towards loosening this and changing their approach towards grooming in general.
In the very start, this can be as easy as encouraging your cat to associate with the grooming brush and rewarding them with treats if they sniff it or start rubbing against the bristles.
When you do advance onto actual brushing, start small and build upwards. Your cat may gladly tolerate up to a minute of whisking but start to baulk after that, so it is best to take your signal from them and break off before this point, so they are only aware of the fact that it was a friendly experience and didn’t get to the point that they want to escape.
Helping Your Cat to Relax During Grooming
Cat Grooming can be a stressful experience for them, and it can also be helpful to reduce their stress during the encounter.
How to relax your cat
1. Remind Her Of Kittenhood.
When cats are little kittens, their mother uses licking as a way to clean and comfort them. Of course, you don’t have to do the same and lick your cat (that would be just weird). There are other different ways to generate that feeling in your cat. While she’s relaxed, try using the pad of your thumb to stroke her face (you may want to begin by petting her back to ensure she’s in the mood to be touched) — most cats like a good face-grooming. You may be surprised at how much pressure she likes!
If your cat loves to have his face stroked, try a full-blown cat massage! Just like you would feel, massage has many benefits for cats, including stimulation of the lymphatic, circulatory, and nervous systems. Several cats will even increase their emotional connection with their owners when they experience massage in gentle, mindful ways.
3. Play With Them!
Cats are fun loving animals, a little play will make them feel joyous and would be ready for a little grooming session.
Include your cat into your own relaxation cycle. Love to watch a movie on Friday evenings to ring in the weekend? I bet your cat would as well! He may not be involved in actually watching the movie, but he’d fancy lying on your lap, on the couch there next to you, or in a cat bed nearby.
5. Everyone Loves A Good Treat!
Cats love an occasional good treat just as much as you do . You can find a variety of best cat treats online and in stores, and your cat might have preferences. You will find all types from conventional to grain free, so pick one that’s healthy and right for your cat, and give them out responsibly. Not too much!
6. Grow A Cat Garden.
Humans prize houseplants for their ability to turn empty indoor spaces a little more lively, to help clean the air around you, and to make us feel happier. But if your cats are anything just like mine, they apparently love your houseplants a little way too much. If your cat destroys your house plants, she might appreciate her own garden too! Cats love greens, and you can buy special cat grass for her.
Alternatives to Brushing
If your cat really doesn’t welcome the idea of being brushed, there are some options you may want to consider. These include:
- Grooming mitts, which help your cat in feeling that they are being petted rather than groomed
- Shed control cloths, which are intended to get rid of loose hair and reduce the potential for hairballs without brushing
- Grooming spray to help to get free of loose hair, which works a lot like dry shampoo
- The DeShedding tool
Could you be having any other tips for grooming your cats who are not fans of it? Let us know in the comments segment below! We will be glad to learn more.