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Our Favorite Slicker Brush

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Allegra loves to be brushed. We have a little ritual: every day when I go into the kitchen to make my lunch, she gets up from her morning nap and eagerly waits for me to pick up the brush and give her a good brushing.Continue Reading

Review: FURminator deShedding Edge Cat Brush

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I haven’t used a FURminator deshedding tool in a long time, so when the friendly folks at Chewy.com offered to send me one, I decided to give it a try again. Allegra eats a primarily raw diet and as a result, she doesn’t shed much, but I still brush her every day, and I still get some hair out of her, so I was curious to see what the FURminator would do for her.Continue Reading

Cat Hair Everywhere: How to Deal with Shedding

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Most of us are used to living with cat hair. Shedding is a normal process for healthy cats, in which old fur is replaced with new. All cats shed, regardless of the length of their coats. You may think that longhaired cats shed more, but that’s only because the fur they shed is so much more visible. You can’t stop your cat from shedding, nor should you – after all, it’s a natural process. However, there are ways to reduce shedding and deal with cat hair in your home.Continue Reading

Giveaway: Morrocco Method 5 Elements Volcanic Dry Powder Cat Shampoo Prize Pack

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Cats are fastidious groomers, and can usually take care of keeping themselves clean without human intervention. Their sandpaper tongue is perfectly equipped to take care of their cleaning and grooming needs. But every once in a while, you may find yourself in a situation where your cat needs a bath: perhaps she got into something sticky, dirty or smelly, or worse, into something that would harm her if she licked herself clean. If you have to bathe your cats, make sure you use shampoos and other grooming products made for cats. Human products are much too harsh for sensitive feline skins.Continue Reading

Different Strokes for Different Coats: How to Care for Your Cat’s Coat

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Cats are known for their fastidious cleanliness. Nature has provided them with the perfect grooming tool: a barbed tongue that gets rid of loose hair and dead skin cells. Cats also use their teeth to dig out tougher dirt. They moisten their front paws to groom areas that the tongue can’t reach. However, sometimes, cats will need some help with grooming. The extent to which they may need grooming assistance will vary with the type of hair coat.Continue Reading

Review: e-cloth Pet Grooming Mitt

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There are numerous benefits to grooming your cat on a regular basis. Grooming increases circulation, it’s kind of like a mini massage. It’s also a great way to bond with your cat. The calming, repetitive motion of grooming can have a relaxing effect on your cat (and on you!). And of course, grooming also helps remove loose hair, which means less shedding.

Not all cats enjoy being groomed. If your cat is not receptive to grooming, start slow, and gradually increase the time you spend grooming. Experiment with different grooming tools. For cats who don’t like brushes, a grooming mitt can be an excellent choice.Continue Reading

Why Do Cats Groom Each Other?

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It’s one of the sweetest behaviors guardians of multiple cats can witness: two adult cats grooming each other. Have you ever wondered why some cats do that, and others don’t?

The scientific term for this behavior is allogrooming or social grooming. A 1998 study conducted by researchers at the University of Southampton, UK and the University of Leiden, Netherlands, analyzed grooming interactions among a group of 83 domestic cats. The study shed some interesting light on this behavior.Continue Reading

Excessive Grooming in Cats

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Excessive grooming in cats is also called psychogenic alopecia. Alopecia is the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body, psychogenic means having a psychological rather than a physical cause or origin.

Excessive grooming is one of the most common obsessive compulsive disorders in cats. What cat guardians typically notice is bald patches on a cat’s belly or the inside of her legs, but the areas can also extend to the flanks, tail and other parts of the cat’s body.Continue Reading

Giveaway: DERMagic Shampoo and Lotion

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Cats are fastidious groomers, and can usually take care of keeping themselves clean without human intervention. Their sandpaper tongue is perfectly equipped to take care of their cleaning and grooming needs. But every once in a while, you may find yourself in a situation where your cat needs a bath: perhaps she got into something sticky, dirty or smelly, or worse, into something that would harm her if she licked herself clean.

If you have to bathe your cats, make sure you use shampoos and other grooming products made for cats. Human products are much too harsh for sensitive feline skins.

DERMagic Skin Care for Animals features all-natural and organic grooming products. Continue Reading

Giveaway: Furminator De-Shedding Tool

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Today is National Hairball Awareness Day, and to celebrate, we’re giving away a Furminator De-Shedding Tool to one lucky reader.

We explained yesterday why a hairball is rarely just a hairball, and that frequent hairballs are not part of a normal life with cats.

Regular brushing and grooming can help prevent hairballs (but it’s not the only thing that can). When it comes to getting rid of loose hair, there are few tools that get the job done better than the Furminator De-Shedding Tool.

To enter the giveaway, please tell me in a comment why you would like to win this tool, and specify whether you’d like the large or small tool and whether it’s for a short haired or long haired cat. For an additional chance to win, tweet about this giveaway or share on Facebook, and post the link in a separate comment. This giveaway ends Friday, May 4.

For more information about the deshedding tool, please visit the Furminator website or their Facebook page.