Care of the cat – The coat
The coat of a cat:
There are a lot of cat breeds with different colors and coat types.
There is always a cat breed found in a color that appeals to you: gray blue, black, red, and white, Brown or a mix of those tones.
Or your cat now a short (European cat, Arthurian cat, Siamese cat), a long (Persian or Burmese cat) or a wavy (Rex) coat has, you have to take good care of this coat.
With the exception of the Sphinx and Rex-cats all cats are equipped with a link hairy coat, which to varying sizes throughout the year will shed quite a bit.
Especially in the spring and early summer you will notice that an important portion of coat will fall out.
By the fur of the cat well, you can limit the amount of loose hair in home strong.
A weekly brushing is usually sufficient to coat a short-haired cat in good condition; also most semi-longhair cats don’t have much coat care.
Which brush and comb there are most suitable, depending on the structure and length of the coat of the breed.
You will notice that your cat’s coat care takes much less time and more efficient is if you with goodies as works that are suitable for its fur type.
Sometimes it’s necessary to the cat in bath to do, if you do this if the cat what is older it will be no fun for you as for the Cat are so it is wise too young to start with.
During washing make sure that the cat no water in his ears or eyes and swallows it.
Always use cat shampoo and never shampoo that is suitable for people, because displays the coat texture and the fat layer of the skin affected.
You can cat dry with a hairdryer, but when he gets there very anxious on responding, you can lose him also with a towel dry rub and further on a drought-free and warm place to dry thoroughly.
Some cats can continue to oppose a wash, the fur of these cats can you clean with a non-greasy and unscented powder that the property has to attach itself to dirt and excess fat.
Sprinkle the powder in the coat and massage it in well, then brush it out until no trace of powder is more to see in the fur.
The skin is one of the largest organs from the body of the man, but also of the cat.
Because the skin contains millions of tiny cells, it has a good defense against all kinds of disease makers.
Also the cat through the skin feels heat, cold, pain and itching.
The skin is made of two layers like in humans, the upper skin and the dermis.
Humans sweat in order to keep the body temperature, cats panting or lick itself.
Yet sweating cats also: this serves above all to remove waste matter.
People, who are allergic to cats, respond to dandruff that loosens at the cat licking his fur.
It is a protein in the saliva of the cat that causes these flakes comes off.
The Cat Gets the shine on his fur, because the top layer of skin reflects light.
The hair of the cat fur can be divided into three types:
The upper pelt hair, which is relatively thick weather resistant,
The downy under pelt hair, which provide insulation and the thrift,
Bushy between fur hairs.
By its fur is the cat excellent resistance to the influence of heat or cold.
Cats that live in the high North will have a thicker coat than cats that live in the South of Europe.
Wild cats wash more often when it’s hot because their saliva will make the coat stay cool.
Certain breeds have also thicker hair, such as the Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest cat (e) the British short-hair.
These tribes from colder regions.
In Netherlands have cats a thicker coat in winter, when the muscles constrict itself at the hair roots to coat from.
Long haired cats can exceptionally attractive, but their beautiful fur, however, requires a lot of care.
To coat not to let felt together and to ensure that it remains silky, it must be provided regularly.
The daily care with the brush and the comb can also be very enjoyable for the cats owner as for the cat.
Long-haired cats, which since to the regular brush be used, experienced this procedure care hours as an extra petting a cat.
If you don’t have time to brush your cat daily, but still are fascinated by the long fur, it is wiser to choose a semi-longhair cat.
Felting of the coat at long-haired cats can lead to damage of the good health.
Small tangles can be between two fingers painless loosening, smaller strands that are hopelessly be felted with scissors (with blunt points) is cut out for it there from brushing the cat does pain.
Cats are usually only shaved by a veterinarian if the coat too far into the burdock is like in older cats who no longer good housekeeping.
How to maintain the coat?
An outdoor living cat with short fur has not much care.
The cat usually takes full care for his account, if not then he is probably sick or he sits under the parasites.
The coat of a cat that Interior lives must, however, be regularly brushed, to remove the dead hair and swallowing hair during the cleanup.
The coat of a cat with long hair should be brushed every day to formation of tangles.
By the tangles can be more difficult at the skin, causing lesions that are no longer washed and forms that can go infect.
It is safer to remove tangles with a hair trimmer than with scissors, this is one that cuts into the skin.
These tangles or knots are common behind the ears, in the armpit, and neck and in the groin.
Always brush in one direction, from the head off.
Brush getting peaceful and gently so that the cat can enjoy brushing.
It is important to keep your cat from childhood to familiarize yourself with the brush ritual, it is the comb or brush as common as drinking from his bowl of water.