As we learned from Dr. Crist’s article Some Startling New Thoughts on Cats and Hairballs yesterday, hairballs actually have very little do with the fur that cats naturally ingest when grooming, but there are still numerous benefits from grooming your cat on a regular basis:
- A grooming session can be a relaxing bonding time for you and your cat. If your cat is not immediately receptive to grooming, start slow, and gradually increase the time you spend grooming. Eventually, the calming, repetitive motion of brushing will have a relaxing effect on your cat (and you!).
- More grooming means less shedding, and less cat hair around the house.
- Grooming increases circulation – it’s like a mini-massage with some of the same health benefits as a massage.
- A grooming session is an ideal time for you to run your hands and eyes over every inch of your cat’s body. This may help with early detection of diseases such as lumps and bumps, skin issues, or parasites.
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