San Diego Mobile Pet Grooming Blog
Many cats love water. They like to sit in bathroom sinks, certainly, and many are fascinated with running water. Some cats like to hang out in bathtubs, especially in warmer weather. They may perch on the bathtub, demanding a pet or an ear rub before they will let you enter.
But many cats don't like baths. The reasons vary. Some have simply never been bathed, and the unfamiliar process -- and the being confined, even by hands as loving as yours -- doesn't feel right. Others are frightened of the water, or of a closed bathroom door, or the sound of hair dryers, which they may associate with being bathed (or the sound of water).
Some may not have been bathed in the right way previously. It is very important to get all soap off a bathed cat, for example, or it will itch and might cause irritation.
But occasionally, cats may need to be bathed. Cats are naturally very clean animals, who spend part of every day -- sometimes a large part -- cleaning themselves. But even cats can't do every job. If they are getting older, they might find reaching every part of themselves difficult to impossible. If they are overweight, ditto.
If you have recently adopted a cat or taken in a stray, they may have fleas. For kittens, the most effective removal method is a bath with mild baby shampoo and picking off the fleas.
Even fastidious cats occasionally get something on them that they can't get off. If that's the case, they need to be bathed.
So how can you get your cats to like baths? Here are some tips.
1. Start them young, if possible
Cats that have been bathed as kittens tend to be okay with it. Kittens can be bathed in a bathroom sink, using warm running water and cat shampoo.
2. Stay calm
No matter what happens, stay calm! The calmer you are, the calmer your cat will be able to be. Speak in a soothing voice. Tell them the benefits of a bath -- they love to be sittin' clean and pretty! (They'll get the gist.)
3. Do It the Right Way
The right way to bath a cat is quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly, with all the necessary items on hand. Never leave your cat waiting while you go look for the right kind of soap or a towel! Respect their needs for warmth and security.
Place a towel in the bottom so they get firm footing. If your cat has been bathed before and is reasonably comfortable with it, go for some floating toys to make them comfortable.
The water should be warm and never too deep for the cat to feel frightened. Cat shampoo is best. Don't shampoo their faces -- use a washcloth after the bath. Quickly lather the body and rinse. Don't scrub! Don't get in ears, either.
Towel dry thoroughly and then use a hair dryer. Cats need to be dried after bathing unless you have a really warm place for them to sit. It's best to keep the hair dryer on cool and low. Cool reduces the chances of it being uncomfortably hot. Low lessens potential fright from the noise.
4. Keep the Bathroom Door Shut
Really. Cats are limber and cats are quick. If they don't like the bath (and even if they do), they can make a beeline for the door so fast your head will spin.
5. Take Your Cat to a Groomer Regularly
Although cats are championship groomers, having them groomed regularly is a great idea. If they are long haired, grooming reduces any chance of tangles. They love grooming activities, so taking them to experienced cat groomers will be a pleasant experience for both you and your cat. Groomers can also trim their claws and perform other care that some owners find difficult or are not confident in.
You may get your cat to like baths. Even if you don't, bathing is occasionally necessary. Follow the above tips for the best results. Contact us for more information.
One very important aspect of caring for your dog is making sure that they are properly groomed. Grooming a dog is a very in-depth process and involves several steps. Because of this, it is important that it is done properly. A great way to go about getting your dog groomed is to call a mobile groomer to have them come and groom your dog. A groomer has likely gone through some kind of official training and has years of experience grooming dogs of all kinds. There are so many excellent reasons to have your dog professionally groomed by us and here are three of these reasons.
They Get A More Thorough Grooming
When we come to you to groom your dog, you know that your dog will get a much more thorough grooming experience than they would likely get at home. We will begin by washing your dog from head to tail and then completely rinsing them off. This is a great way to get out unnecessary knots and tangles before we begin cutting your dog's hair and it also helps to remove any build-up from your dogs eyes and/or ears.
We will then carefully give your dog the haircut that you requested and will make sure that the hair around their paws, ears, and eyes is properly trimmed. At this point, it is time for the finishing touches. This often involves cutting your dogs nails, brushing their teeth, and perhaps adding a cute bow or bandana for a finishing touch.
The Proper Cleaners And Tools Are Used
When your dog is groomed, it is very important that the appropriate shampoos and other cleaners are used, as well as the proper tools. This helps to keep your dog, and we as groomers, as safe as possible. Thankfully, we have all of the equipment right on hand that is needed to properly groom your dog. This includes a variety of dog shampoos that we use for dogs with different skin types and coats, so you have the comfort of knowing that your dog's coat or skin will have no negative effects, such as dry skin or hair falling out.
We also have a variety of tools that we use when grooming your dog. We have a table for your dog to stand on with an attached overhead arm that holds your dog's leash in place. This stops your dog from being able to move too much and allows us to safely and successfully cut your dog's hair. If your dog is a bit nervous or aggressive when being groomed, we may also use one of the muzzles that we have on hand to avoid being bitten. Other tools include, hair clips, dog brushes and combs, dog nail clippers, dog toothbrushes, etc.
Your House Stays Clean
When we come to groom your dog, all of the grooming is done in our mobile pet trailer. This allows your home to stay a lot cleaner. For one thing, you don't have to worry about a dirty bathtub from bathing your dog inside of it. Also, you won't get hair all over your house when you are trying to cut your dog's hair by yourself.
Your dog will also be much cleaner if you we groom them on a regular basis, thus reducing the amount of dog hair in your home, as well as helping reduce whatever your dog tracks into the house each time they go outside and get dirty.
Choosing to use our mobile grooming services for your dog is an excellent idea because they get a more thorough grooming than they likely would at home, the proper cleaners and tools are used when your dog is being groomed, and you can keep your home a lot cleaner because you don't have to groom them at home and because your dog is simply much cleaner.
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