Sunday, July 1, 2012
Explaining "Day of Beauty"
I'm not quite sure I ever really explained what "Day of Beauty" is in my house and how it came to be called that.
Back when I had two cats my grooming for them was very minimal. Tig went outside and took care of his claws on his own and he kept them sharp and lethal for climbing and hunting. Em occasionally needed her claws trimmed because they would start to click on the floor, but that was about it.
Then as my clowder grew I would take the time every couple of weeks to trim claws that needed to be, but when the household hit eight cats it would be oh so time consuming not to mention confusing to not have a system about it. I would forget who got trimmed and who didn't. Things were over looked. I felt horrible when I brought my cats in all their carriers in for a vet visit and the vet pointed out a wound I wasn't aware of..
Sadly "Day of Beauty" doesn't happen as regularly as I would like. I would like it to happen weekly. The Crew would like it to happen yearly. We settle on about once a month. If I could get it together I would schedule it, but alas I'm just not that organized (not to mention kittens usually have other ideas for my time.
I usually start with the claw and get those out of the way.. I prefer scissor clippers to guillotine type. I've used bigger ones like this but I much prefer the smaller ones that look like scissors you might buy for a child to craft with. They have that notch. I bought them at the dollar store. I've also found some more expensive ones at my local megamart. I'm seriously considering seeing if I can buy a set or four like my vet uses. They are a little longer and all steel.
Then I check their ears. If need be I clean them out. The outside of the ear gets wiped up with q-tips, my finger or a tissue.. if the debris is heavy I get out an ear cleaning solution. I've currently got Epi-Otic as well as an enzyme based cleaner called Zymox. Eli still has ear issues but not nearly as bad as he used to. See his tear ducts are blocked due to several bad rounds with Calci and general URI and as a result his excess tears back up and drain into his ears. As a young cat they would cake up so bad it had to be painful. Now at the ripe old age of 10 (OK 9 years 10 months) for the most part they are just a little dirty, but I like to keep up on it. Hard since he so totally would be happy if I never look in his ears again.
I do my best to keep the loose fur at bay too. I like grooming with a wide toothed comb like this one . I recently got a fur-minator and I like how much fur it gets out, but my cats really do not enjoy the experience. I try to limit using it to only those first few warm weeks/months when they shed out their winter fur.
Depending on the cat I will then brush teeth. Some cats love the toothpaste and will sit there for it, some have decided that my fingers in the mouth is the last straw. Which ever their "this is the last thing I will put up with mom!!" thing is, that is what goes last. Some it is grooming, some it is the teeth. There are lots of great videos on teeth brushing on YouTube. You really shouldn't be intimidated to do it as it does have benefit to the cat. It helped me realize that Jack had broken two of his teeth. If I hadn't been in there looking around with my fingers I might never have noticed it until it caused a problem.
When all is finally done and the supplies are put away, the kitties get a treat and we have play time.
a good intentional once over to make sure there are no lumps or bumps or broken teeth or gooey ears or the such really does quite a bit of good in keeping your kitty as healthy over it's life time.
(full disclosure - this post was sponsored by mediarunsearch.co.uk and nutrecare.co.uk but the content is 100% my own.)