- Feline nail trimmers (best clippers if you have pets of different sizes)
Nail trimming for felines is a very delicate process. When you first get your kitten/cat, play with their paws. Cats have retractile claws so you need to gently squeeze the toe pad to expose the claw. Most cats have light colored claws, making it easy to see the blood vessels and nerves that supply the claw as a pink stripe at the base of the nail, which is called a quick and will bleed just like our nails if cut too short. Need more of a visual? Checkout me video below or this youtube video.
- Bathing -
We fully bathe our felines once a month or every other month. If you bathe them too often you will strip their natural oils and they will end up looking and feeling dirtier faster.
- Collapsible tub
- Coconut oil
- Bath thermometer
I use a collapsible tub (a bathtub, sink, etc can be used instead but you want something that they won’t slip and slide around in). Fill about 3-4 inches deep with hot water approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit, this is due to their body heat being higher. I use a baby bath temperature floating toy to keep track of the temp while I’m bathing them and add hot water as needed.
A lot of people buy specialty pet shampoos and waste all kinds of money. I simply use coconut oil, I’ve found it gets all the dirt off and moisturizes their skin. Plus it seems that they stay looking cleaner for longer. Rub the coconut oil from neck to feet and all of their tail, make sure not to soak their head or ears. Then I use my fingers and a wash cloth to clean in between their toes and massage their feet and try to make bath time enjoyable and a fun and calm experience so they are more calm and appeasing. Finally, I rinse all the coconut oil off and then wrap them in a towel and dry them off thoroughly.
To clean their face and ears I carefully use cotton swabs to clean any spots I can see on the inside, then I wipe down their face, head, and ears with a warm damp wash cloth.