We know what you’re thinking and, yes, cats groom themselves. They do it almost constantly, in fact, and they do a pretty good job of it. But there are certain grooming responsibilities that are on you, the owner. We’re talking about brushing teeth, clipping nails and, yeah, even the occasional bath. We’ll help you get started with our guide to must-have cat-grooming products.
ZoomGroom Groomer by Kong
Where to get it: Amazon.com
Why you’ll love it: With its soft, rubber fingers, the ZoomGroom relaxes your cat while it grooms. Even cats who normally hate brushing will love the ZoomGroom, because they’ll think they’re getting a massage. Turn brushing time from a chore into a soothing spa treatment.
Trader Joe’s Double-Wide Cat Scratcher
Where to get it: Trader Joe’s
Why you’ll love it: Every cat deserves at least one scratching post or pad on which to scratch at leisure without destroying the upholstery in the house, but you don’t have to spend a small fortune on something fancy and elaborate to fill that need. This cardboard scratching pad from Trader Joe’s will do the trick, and it costs less than a sawbuck. Bonus: It even comes with a fat bag of organic catnip.
Love Glove Grooming Mitt by Four Paws
Where to get it: PetSolutions.com
Why you’ll love it: Take a more hands-on approach to grooming your cat. Literally. You’re going to pet your cat anyway, so why not kill two birds with one stone and groom it at the same time? Not only does the product remove dead hair and tangles from your cat’s coat, but you can use it to remove shed hair from furniture, too.
Comb and Protect Flea Comb for Cats by Oster
Where to get it: Walmart.com
Why you’ll love it: A flea comb is a good weapon to have in your arsenal to deal with coats and tangles that may prove more complicated than your everyday cat brush or comb can handle. That’s when your fine-toothed comb shines. You don’t need a fancy one. This basic model for less than three bucks will fill the role. Your matted cat will thank you for your attention to its beauty, as well as for your frugality.
Hairball Prevention Waterless Spray by Furminator
Where to get it: Furminator.com
Why you’ll love it: Cat owners know how much cats hate water. It’s a lucky thing they bathe themselves, but that doesn’t mean they’ll never ever need a bath. You can bring your cat to a professional groomer to save yourself the scratch marks up and down your arms, or you can use a waterless grooming spray. It’s easily applied, and helps keep shedding and hairballs in check.
Bath Wipes by Perfect Coat
Where to get it: Doctors Foster and Smith
Why you’ll love it: Like Wet Ones for your cat, this product provides another great way to give your cat a nice, easy cleaning without resorting either of you to the torture of a full-on cat bath. The wipes are alcohol-free and contain aloe vera and lanolin to moisturize, so they’ll leave your cat’s coat looking and smelling great.
Cat Shampoo by Earthbath
Where to get it: Wag.com
Why you’ll love it: We’re not saying you never need to bathe a cat. We’re just saying that if you need to bathe your cat, you must really need to bathe your cat. Earthbath’s cat shampoo will get that kitty clean, but without any harsh chemicals stressing out its skin or coat. And Earthbath is environmentally friendly. As the products “non-ingredients” state, the shampoo doesn’t contain “anything that would harm you, your pet or the planet.”
Cat Claw Nail Scissors by Petco
Where to get it: Petco.com
Why you’ll love it: Stop going to the vet every time your cat needs its nails trimmed. There’s no reason why most cat owners can’t accomplish this relatively simple grooming task at home, so step up and take care of business. You don’t need fancy equipment. Just a simple, special-shaped pair of scissors like these will do the job. Your cat will appreciate your DIY devotion.
Kwik Stop Styptic Powder
Where to get it: Petco.com
Why you’ll love it: If you clip your cat’s nails yourself, and you mess up and cut the quick, don’t beat yourself up about it. Mistakes happen. But the best way to make up for a mistake is to be prepared when one happens and that’s why you need this stuff. Styptic powder will help stop the bleeding and make your cat’s boo-boo all better when you cut off too much claw.
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Sentry Petrodex Cat Dental Kit
Where to get it: Petsmart.com
Why you’ll love it: You don’t really want to brush your cat’s teeth, and your cat doesn’t really want you to brush its teeth. But while your cat doesn’t realize it’s a necessary task, you do. Luckily, this kit will ease you and your cat into the process. Use the finger brush to help acclimate your cat to the sensation of having its mouth violated, and once the routine is in place, switch to the proper toothbrush.