Well, yes and no. Yes, most cats are self grooming, however that doesn't mean that's all they need. Let's discuss the reasons cats need grooming on a regular basis.
1- Long haired cats get matted.
Medium and long hair cats can get very painful mats, especially on their belly, thighs and armpits. While your cat may be self-grooming (aka licking itself) daily, this isn't doing much to keep that hair tangle free and most cats don't care for the hair to be brushed on their sensitive bellies. Taking your cat to the groomer regularly means a trained professional can keep their hair maintain with options like monthly bathing and brushing, trimming that pesky belly/thigh hair, or maybe even a shave down or lion cut. Matting can be very painful and pull on the skin, while your cat may not be a big fan of going to the groomer, they will be much happier in the long run when their coat is comfortable and healthy. Stay tuned for our article on matting to learn more about the risks and dangers of this.
2- Short hair cats can go through shedding spurts cause excessive hairballs.
Depending on the breed short hair cats can go through periods of extra shedding. If your cat is self grooming and ingesting all that hair it can cause problematic hairballs. By getting a regular bath and brush out for your cat you're ensuring their coat will be healthy and they won't suffer from as many hairballs.
3- As they age, cats will self groom less and less.
Medium and short haired cats can sometimes go their whole lives without having a mat or tangle. However, as they get older they will self groom less and their loose shedding hair will stay in their coat. That combined with a more sedentary lifestyle can cause it to become impacted and suddenly for the first time your cat is matted. Bringing in a senior cat for it's first bath and brush out at 15 years old can be very traumatic, not to mention if they have to be shaved due to matting! If your cat has experience going to the groomer it's whole life, when that time comes your cat will be better prepared and the experience can be a normal one, rather than a traumatic one.
4- It can help for owners who have allergies.
Many people are allergic to cat saliva or dander. Whatever the cause is, a nice bath will help keep your allergy symptoms at bay.
5- Nails trims are grooming too.
If your cat climbs your furniture, walls or legs, a nail trim can be very helpful. A great alternative to declawing, regular nail trims keep your cats nails short and blunt rather than tiny daggers they wield without regard. We also offer Soft Paws, soft, rubbery caps that attach to a cats nails and provide extra protection for you and your valuables.
6- Your cat sees your groomer more than your vet
Groomers spend more time with your cat than your vet does, and often times catch health issues that both you and your vet may miss. When a groomer is brushing and drying a cat they see every inch of their skin. Issues that develop slowly and may go unnoticed to you can be more apparent to someone who sees your cat every 8 weeks instead. While a groomer cannot (and should not) make a medical diagnosis, they can alert you to things that need a vet's attention.
As you can see, every cat has slightly different needs from a groomer, but they can all benefit by seeing one. Call us to schedule your appointment today.