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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 benefiting your cat, daily brushing will cut down dramatically on the amount of loose hair and pet dander floating around the home.

For some people with mild cat allergies, daily brushing may even reduce the amount of airborne allergens enough that they can share their home with a cat.

Most healthy adult cats are fastidious groomers and will rarely require a cat bath. Most cats have a very specific self-grooming routine and perform this after every meal and often several times during the day. If you have an older cat or one with arthritis or other medical conditions you may need to get tips on how to wash a cat or getting the right type of cat grooming tools to help your cat keep up its basic grooming.

If you do choose to groom your pet at home, VCA veterinarians recommend Vethical™ ( products. The exclusive line of soap-free shampoos and dermalogic treatments have been specially formulated to match your cat’s skin condition. Your pet with enjoy a therapeutic solution that not only cleans, but also soothes, protects and helps maintain her skin health.

Even if you groom your cat at home, it may require routine or occasional trips to a professional groomer. Contact us to inquire about our grooming services.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.

VCA All Care Animal Referral Center

18440 Amistad Street, Suite E
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Phone: 714-963-0909

VCA Lakewood Animal Hospital 

10701 South Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

Phone: (562) 926-3600