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As a pet owner, you want only the best for your four-legged baby. You also want your cat or dog looking and feeling their best at all times. Most pet owners invest in professional groomers. These experts will have your pet looking clean and fabulous. The only downside to hiring a professional groomer is that they can be rather expensive, especially if your pet requires regular grooming.
While pet grooming requires some expertise, you can save a lot of money by grooming your own pets. After a few tries, you will become an expert at taking care of your pet’s grooming needs. Here are some steps you can follow at home to keep your pet neat and groomed without going to the professionals.
While cats are well-equipped with their own grooming tools, dogs may need some help. But that should not stop you from pampering your cat with some thorough brushing sessions. Dogs and cats come in short-haired and long-haired breeds. Keep their coats clean and free of dead fur by thoroughly brushing them at least two times a week using pet combs and brushes. This helps evenly spread natural oils through their fur, prevents matting, and acts as a wonderful bonding experience between you and your pet. You can also trim your pet’s hair at home, but if you want a fancy hairstyle, you should probably call a professional.
You know your pet’s temperament better than anyone else, which is why you are the best person to bathe them. While some animals may find bathing an unpleasant experience, you can ease the process with treats and praises. Bathing your dog or cat helps keep their fur and skin clean. Never use a human shampoo on your pet. Buy a specific shampoo from the groomer that is well suited for your pet’s coat. Make sure the water is luke-warm. After the bath, use a clean towel to dry off your pet. You could use a blow dryer too as long as it does not startle or scare the animal.
Long nails can be dangerous, especially on a cat. Keep your pet’s nails neatly trimmed using a pet nail clipper. It is easier to cut white nails as you can see the quick or vein underneath the nail. If your pet has dark-colored nails, only remove a little from the tip. In the beginning, your pet will resist having its nails clipped because it does not understand what is going on. Calm him or her down with praises and pets so they realize it is not an unpleasant experience.
Grooming your pet can be a great bonding experience, but it can initially confuse and scare the animal. Pamper your pet after so they feel loved and realize that grooming is not so bad after all. Follow these tips and you can save a lot of money by not hiring professional groomers.