How to Groom a Cat- Bathing & Brushing
The general condition of your cat's skin and coat are good indicators of its health. A healthy coat should be shiny and smooth and healthy skin should be supple and clear. Although health and nutrition influence the luster and texture of your cat's coat, regular grooming and skin care will help keep your cat's coat clean and free of tangles, no matter what type of hair coat he or she has.
All cats benefit from regular brushing to remove loose hairs and dead skin cells. Brushing helps keep the coat free of dirt, debris, and to distribute natural skin oils along the hair shafts. Cats with long coats require daily brushing to keep their hair from becoming tangled or matted. Cats with short hair coats may require less frequent brushing.
Grooming a cat daily will cut down on the amount of hair that a cat swallows during the course of self- grooming with its tongue, thus helping to reduce the number of hairballs your cat may develop. In addition to benefitting your cat, daily brushing will cut down dramatically on the amount of loose hair and pet dander floating around the home.