Some cats do not like being groomed, but if they’re long-haired or unable to groom themselves for any reason, grooming is a necessity. If their coat is not free of mats and tangles, it can tug uncomfortably on your cat’s skin, causing discomfort and even skin problems.
If you’re struggling to keep your cat calm during grooming sessions, there are a few methods that you can use to sedate them. This will make grooming much more comfortable for your cat and for you!
The 3 Methods for a Stress-Free Grooming Session
1. Sedative Medication
For some cats, sedative medication is the most humane way to groom them comfortably. Before using any medication of this type, speak to your vet for advice. They may prescribe a particular type of sedative to match your cat’s circumstances. You may decide to administer the sedative and groom your cat at home or book your cat in for a sedation and grooming session at your vet practice.
2. Non-Medicated Options
If your cat is used to grooming and you and your vet think sedation and pharmacological tranquilization are not necessary, you may be able to find a non-medicated option to help them instead.
Any of these may help relax your cat enough for you to be able to groom them effectively.
3. General Anesthesia
In some cases, a vet may choose to anesthetize a cat to groom them effectively. This may be used if a longhaired cat with extremely matted hair has been rescued and needs a significant amount of hair clipped away. If a cat has torn skin from mats or is suffering from other complications, like flystrike, using anesthesia will often be less stressful.
A well-groomed cat will be much more comfortable than one with dirty and matted fur. So, rather than putting off those grooming sessions because you know your cat doesn’t like them, consider having your cat anesthetized to keep them comfortable without any unnecessary stress.
We have gone through the three ways to help your cat have a stress-free grooming session. Some cats may need a hand with grooming, especially those with long hair or if they have suffered from a problem that prevents them from grooming themselves, such as arthritis or a recent surgery.
Your veterinarian will help you determine the best option for your cat. Follow their advice so that your cat can enjoy a beautiful and healthy coat.
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