For cats, one of the things that we love about them the most is those shiny, silky coats. Whether it's long or short, a cat is known by all for their beautiful coat—which is something that we cat lovers can't help but stroke affectionately. Cats are generally self-cleaning as we all know, but there are certain tips we can implement to keep our cat's coat looking its very best.
It All Starts with Nutrition
By giving your cat a nutritious diet rich in vitamins and healthy oils this will help to keep their coats shiny and soft. Inexpensive foods (think Friskies and Meow Mix) can irritate a cat's delicate skin, leaving them itchy and miserable. The itchiness causes them to scratch, which only irritates their skin even more. Healthy skin equals healthy coat.
Wet Food is Best
Wet cat food may be a little pricier that dry food, but this type of food has all the healthy fats and oils that your cat needs to keep their coat looking marvelous. Buying in bulk can sometimes offer discounts, or you can supplement with wet food several times a week as opposed to every day if cost is an issue.
Cats are self-grooming, but by implementing a daily brushing this will keep your cat happy and stimulate the follicles on their body. Brushing your cat removes excess hair and encourages the growth of new hair—just like a human! If your cat is overweight, they may not be able to reach all of their body during grooming sessions, so brushing is key to keeping their coat looking nice and healthy.
Don't Over Bathe
A cat has the ability to keep themselves clean, and it's advised not to over bathe them as it strips the oils from their skin. Once a month is plenty, because any more than that can cause their coat and skin to become overly dry.
Watch for Insects
Fleas can cause your cat to become itchy and bug bites dry out the skin. Use a flea preventive to keep their skin clear, which in turn keeps their coat shiny and smooth.
- by Modi, owner of a ginger cat