Buying a Kitten

What to expect from Breeders

Taking your Kitten home

Hazards in the Home

Poisonous Substances

Poisonous Plants

Grooming a Semi Long Haired Cat

Caring for a Stud Cat

Visiting Queens

Useful facts about Fleas

Flea Allergy in Cats






Most cats do an excellent job of looking after their own coats and 
keep them clean by self-grooming. Those with longer coats however 
can benefit from regular grooming to keep their coats free from 
knots and mats and to remove dead hair and sometimes dandruff 
and parasites. It should be a time when the owner and the cat can 
forge close bonds.

If the experience is to be an enjoyable one for both the owner 
and the cat will help if the cat has been used to being handled 
and groomed from
a very young age and allow itself stroked, 
brushed and combed all over its body. This may be carried out
before a meal so the meal can become the reward for good behaviour.

Using the right combs and brushes is important and also having a 
table at the right height and a rubber mat (a bath mat is ideal) 
on which to stand the cat. Cats that have longer fur need rather 
more attention than the shorthaired breeds so any grooming tools used need to tease out any knots and remove dead hair without distressing 
the cat.

A grooming session should include a check on the teeth for tartar build-up and the gums for any sign of soreness that will need 
veterinary treatment. The eyes should be checked that they are 
clear, bright and free from any discharge and the ears checked 
for any wax or a dark coloured exudates indicating possible ear-mite infestation. Claws may
need clipping ensuring that you do not clip into 
the 'quick'.

Bathing should not be necessary for most cats unless they have an accident and become really soiled. It is only carried out regularly 
on show cats whose coat is expected to be in 'pristine' condition.