Frequently Asked Questions
Why do cats need to be groomed?
Cats shed. The hair they shed may be end up covering your house, it may be ingested and regurgitated as hairballs, or it may become entangled in the rest of the coat and cause matting. Proper grooming, whether the hair is cut or not, removes this shedding undercoat, cleans the skin and coat, and prevents both matting and hairballs.
Many cats are also greasy. This buildup of oils can encourage matting to occur and cause normally sloughed skin (dandruff) to stick to the coat. Have you ever pet your cat and felt like you needed to wash your hands afterwards? If so, a thorough, cleansing bath and blow-dry will allow you to enjoy snuggling with your feline friend without that yucky residue.
Regular grooming also offers the benefit of alleviating allergic reactions to cats by removing allergen-containing dander from the coat and reducing shedding coat from spreading dander throughout your home.
Why do you bathe cats?
Both bathing and blow-drying are essential aspects of the grooming process. At Cats Only LLC, our grooms are not simply haircuts. In fact, for many clients, grooming does not involve cutting the hair at all – it consists of cleaning the skin and the coat while removing shedding undercoat before it becomes hairballs or mats.
Even our lion cut clients receive a bath and blow dry. Why? Cats in lion cut trims can still experience matting around their face, tail, and feet. Bathing, blow-drying, and combing through the remaining hair ensures that no mats occur between regular grooming appointments. Additionally, in the photo to the left, you can see the dandruff and flakiness left behind after the hair is cut as well as how clean the skin is after it’s been bathed with professional products.
Don’t cats hate water?
Most cats show little to no signs of stress during their bath. In fact, the warmth of the bath water is often soothing and relaxing. Cats in lion cuts or those that have had matting may react more strongly to unique sensations against their newly exposed skin, including water, but they tend to quickly adjust to the experience.
Those that are less fond of being bathed benefit greatly from a more frequent grooming schedule (at least every 8 weeks). This allows cats the opportunity to become familiar with the grooming process so that they learn what to expect. They learn that grooming is simply part of life and not an occasional punishment.
How often does my cat need to be groomed?
For full coat grooms, every 4-8 weeks is suggested. The exact schedule depends on behavior and coat type. The thickness and texture of the coat are greater indicators than the length. Thicker, more cottony coats often require more frequent grooming than less dense, coarser coats.
For lion cuts, a maximum of every 12 weeks is suggested. More frequent grooming may be necessary depending on how quickly the coat grows and depending on the cat's behavior.
Comb cuts fall somewhere between the suggested schedules for lion cuts and full coat grooms.
Older cats or cats with compromised health tend to require shorter, more frequent grooming sessions as well. Cats that are nervous or fearful require more frequent grooming schedules so that they become more familiar with the grooming process.