Born to Groom

Not only does your cat know how to self-groom, she's also built for the job. Grooming is a trademark characteristic of most cats. They can use some extra help from time to time, but do a great job all by themselves. Plus, they enjoy doing it.

Gray tabby cat licking it's paw.

All the right parts

Cats are flexible, strategic, and well-equipped for grooming. Everything from the rough surface of a cat's tongue to her sharp teeth, comb-like paws, and forepaws add up to a finely tuned grooming machine. A cat can even use her front paws to stimulate tiny oil glands on her head. The oil is a cat's "perfume" and is spread all over the body.

Time for a coat change

Most cats usually shed their coat one time each year. This usually happens during the spring or early summer. Be warned that if your cat lives in a constantly warm, well lit home, shedding could continue year round. If your cat is losing hair rapidly, see your veterinarian to make sure a medical condition isn't the cause.

Try not to interrupt your cat while she's grooming. It's important business in your cat's view, and she enjoys it so let her make the most of it.

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