6 Reasons for Excessive Grooming in Cats

There are many things that can be said about cats, but dirty is seldom one of them. When it comes to grooming, cats are naturally equipped with the implements to groom themselves: a barbed tongue with which to lick, forepaws they moisten with saliva and use as a surrogate washcloth, and teeth to dig out tougher debris. In fact, adult cats may spend up to half of their waking hours grooming themselves, their relatives, and friends. Read here some of the benefits of grooming your pets in Vancouver.

There are many reasons behind your cat’s licking that begins with mutual grooming as kittens called allogrooming, which is a social activity that serves to strengthen the bond between cats. Other reasons include:

A cat may groom to temporarily reduce conflict, frustration, or anxiety. Under these conditions, licking becomes what is called a displacement behavior. In some cases, over grooming can occur where cats can actually lick all their fur off, creating bald spots (mechanical alopecia). Simple measures like offering some privacy by giving access to cardboard boxes or paper bags, and playing with them using interactive toys to stimulate natural hunting instincts can help minimize the stress for your kitty.

If your cat enjoys being brushed or combed grooming your cat can serve to strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Grooming can also help you screen your cat for any problems that may be developing on the skin. However, if your cat is prone to hairballs, matting fur, or excessive shedding, you may need to leave the grooming to a professional groomer.

For any grooming tasks that you are uncomfortable carrying out on your own, or if you have any questions, contact Birch Bark Kennels’ pet grooming services for the Aldergrove and Vancouver areas at 604-856-4321 or 604-857-BARK (2275) to schedule your pet for a professional grooming today.

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