Cat Bathing & Hygiene - Tips For Good Health

Cat Bathing & Hygiene - FAQs

Dr. Cara Hill

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Cat Grooming - Signs & Symptoms of Possible Cat Grooming Issues

How do cats groom themselves?

So kind of just what everybody thinks. I can goofily make the motion, but they use their mouths, their tongue. That is their number one grooming tool. Sometimes they'll even use their feet or things like that to assist them in places their mouth can't get. And as everybody has seen, these guys are incredibly flexible. They can get just about anywhere on their body to groom. But a lot of it is using their scratchy tongue kind of like a little hairbrush to brush through their coat and groom themselves.

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Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats

While cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include urinating and defecating outside the litter box, anxiety, eating disorders, attention seeking, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching.

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