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How to Live With a Cat That Hates Being Groomed

How to live with a cat that hates being groomed.  Cat grooming typically involves nails being clipped, fur being combed through, maybe some matted of hair shaved out, trimming around problem areas such as around the bottom, and occasionally a bath. A cat groomer can expect hissing and grumbling from some cats that dislike being handled. However, there are a minority of cats that are extremely aggressive towards their owner and cat groomer when approached with a view to combing their fur and these are the ones I’d like to talk about now.

Grooming aggressive or nervous cats

Grooming can be a pleasant and positive bonding experience for you and your cat. It mimics the social behaviour of cats that get along and groom each other. However, some cats do not enjoy being groomed by humans at all, and others will initially enjoy grooming but become aggressive during the process. This can be a serious problem if the cat requires regular grooming to stay healthy. It is very important to be cautious when grooming an aggressive cat. Injuries from scratching or biting can be severe and serious.

It is critical to watch closely for subtle changes in your cat’s body language when grooming any cat. Cats vary in the extent to which they like grooming or handling, and for how long they tolerate these things. Intense grooming can quickly turn to overstimulation in some cats, resulting in biting and scratching. If your cat enjoys grooming but then turns aggressive during the session, pay close attention to if there are certain areas where your cat does not like to be groomed. Most cats do not like their belly touched. Other sensitive areas include the back and tail area. Stay away from these areas when you groom or touch. If your cat turns aggressive when touched at a certain area, it could be a sign of serious pain that needs to be examined by a veterinarian.

GROOMING AGGRESSIVE OR NERVOUS CATS

why your cat hates being groomed

If your cat enjoys grooming but then turns aggressive during the session, pay close attention to if there are certain areas where your cat does not like to be groomed. Most cats do not like their belly touched.

Other sensitive areas include the back and tail area. Stay away from these areas when you groom or touch. If your cat turns aggressive when touched at a certain area, it could be a sign of serious pain that needs to be examined by a veterinarian. If your cat has matted fur, they might have to clip by a professional animal groomer, as brushing might hurt the skin.

An increase in the number of pairs of cats is positively co-related and will thus increase the chances of allogrooming taking place. An increase in mean, aggressive behaviours amongst cats has a negative co-relation with allogrooming – the more aggressive behaviours there is the less chance there is of allogrooming taking place.

If none of these theories is likely to be true, what’s the most likely reason that explains why cats lick and groom each other?
Domestic cat allogrooming is likely a way for cats to redirect pent-up aggression and to reaffirm dominance in a way that’s far better (for the group) than doing so through aggressive and even violent behaviours. As van den Bos aptly points out: “a cost-benefit analysis for groomer and groomee suggests the following.

As much as we don’t like to sedate our cats, it may become necessary especially if they become aggressive and too hard to handle. Here are some reasons why there’s a need to sedate your cat for grooming:
if your cat doesn’t like to be bathed
if your cat has severely matted fur
if your cat is afraid of the sound and sight of nail clippers
to make it easy to groom hard to reach areas like armpits and under the tail
for in-depth medical grooming such as to treat your cat for eczema or allergies.

Some cats will happily accept being groomed and even enjoy it! but, if you’re not this lucky, you may have a cat that absolutely hates being groomed and will do anything to avoid it. Sometimes, this can also mean that they get aggressive if you try to groom them, which makes for an unpleasant situation for everyone concerned. What can you do if your cat refuses to let you go anywhere near them with a grooming brush? here are our top tips for persuading them to at least tolerate being groomed.

Some cats really don’t like to see dogs or hear dogs barking, or simply don’t care too much for dogs. Sensitive cats tend to stress out and sometimes become aggressive. We want cats to be as relaxed as possible to enjoy their grooming experience, so we try to schedule cat grooming when there are no dogs or very few dogs.

Forming a Positive Association with Grooming

catsWhatever the reason for your cat’s dislike of grooming, they have formed a negative association with grooming and this had led them to be very suspicious about it. Building a much more positive association with the grooming brush can go a long way towards undoing this and changing their attitude towards grooming in general. In the very beginning, this can be as simple as encouraging your cat to interact with the grooming brush and rewarding them if they sniff it or start rubbing against the bristles.

Helping Your Cat to Relax During Grooming

To remove loose hair to stimulate glands at the base of the hairs that keep their coat waterproof to spread their own scent across their body to spread saliva across their coat which evaporates, cooling the cat down in hot weather – a bit like us sweating to remove parasites like a flea.
Some cats also enjoy grooming each other to bond – some even try to groom the dog!
cat’s bodies are very flexible enabling them to reach most parts of their body and their rough tongues are perfect for removing loose hair and dirt. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t help them too, and there are actually lots of benefits to us helping them – for the cat and for us!.

If grooming time for your cat is much like a scene from a horror movie with no happy ending insight, you may have to consider sedating your cat. This will help to reduce stress and keep your cat relaxed and calm during the entire grooming process.

Watching cats groom each other can be so relaxing, right? does it also make you wonder why they’re doing that?
cats usually groom each other for these reasons:
hygiene – simply to help each other keep those coasts shiny and clean. Social bonding – the closer you are to someone, the more comfortable you feel with them. Aggression – yes, aggression. That’s the surprising reason we walkabout in the title. Keep reading to see why aggression is sometimes expressed through social grooming. “why do cats groom each other?” is an excellent question that has more than one possible answer. We went on a research adventure, seeking actual scientific studies that looked into the question.

We’re not talking about direct blatant aggression, obviously. However, observe allogrooming in cats closely. If you’re very in tune to the feline body language you may just be able to pick up on the tension there. They may seem to be relaxed and happy and they are. But hear us out about the research that backs up this claim. In 1998, a scientist by the name of Ruud van den Bos conducted a study about feline behaviour that focused on allogrooming. Surprisingly, van den Bos discovered a link between this grooming behaviour and aggression.

Grooming aggressive or nervous cats

Anita Kelsey is the only cat behaviour councillor who is also an expert in low-stress cat grooming, using her knowledge and years of experience to when grooming aggressive or nervous cats. She works differently to any other mobile cat groomer. Only one client a day gets her full attention which sometimes is needed for more difficult cases.

Every cat’s personality and needs are different and every cat has to be approached with this in mind. There are different levels of aggression and also different reasons why behaviours are occurring.

5% of semi/long-haired cats either dislike but tolerate the grooming process, are indifferent to it and let the groomer do what is necessary, or are nice and relaxed, used to being combed and bathed and generally seem to outwardly enjoy their time on the grooming table.

Cat grooming typically involves nails being clipped, fur being combed through, maybe some matted fur shaved out, trimming around problem areas such as around the bottom, and occasionally a bath.

A cat groomer can expect hissing and grumbling from some cats that dislike being handled. However, there are a minority of cats that are extremely aggressive towards their owner and cat groomer when approached with a view to combing their fur and these are the ones I’d like to talk about now.

Grooming can be a pleasant and positive bonding experience for you and your cat. It mimics the social behaviour of cats that get along and groom each other. However, some cats do not enjoy being groomed by humans at all, and others will initially enjoy grooming but become aggressive during the process. This can be a serious problem if the cat requires regular grooming to stay healthy. It is very important to be cautious when grooming an aggressive cat. Injuries from scratching or biting can be severe and serious.

It is critical to watch closely for subtle changes in your cat’s body language when grooming any cat. Cats vary in the extent to which they like grooming or handling, and for how long they tolerate these things. Intense grooming can quickly turn to overstimulation in some cats, resulting in biting and scratching.

Facts We Know About Allogrooming in Domestic Cats

Allogrooming in domestic cats is not about hygiene. Or at least, not exclusively and/or primarily about hygiene and cleaning. If it was only about hygiene, there wouldn’t be such enormous differences in behaviour from gender to gender in cats, as well as in terms of social hierarchy. Obviously, there has to be something more important at play here than hygiene. Allogrooming also can’t be about weaker felines establishing a relationship with dominant cats who then may be able to take care of them, since most allogrooming is instigated and carried out by dominant cats rather than those that are lower rank.

As I stated in the “facts we know about allogrooming” section, less aggressive behaviour co-relates with more allogrooming, but this could simply be because allogrooming causes there to be less aggression on the part of dominant cats – since they are ridding themselves of their pent-up aggression through the process of grooming the more submissive cat. So while it definitely doesn’t seem to be an act of love, it does seem to yield a lot more peace and harmony in the group.

With these observations in mind, animal behaviourists have narrowed down several reasons why cats groom each other. For instance, the author of the 1998 journal of ethology study offers his own theory:
the author posits that “domestic cat allogrooming is likely a way for cats to redirect pent-up aggression and to reaffirm dominance in a way that’s far better (for the group) than doing so through aggressive and even violent behaviours. ”this theory makes complete sense in the context of free-roaming cats that must abide by social hierarchies in order to survive in the colony. But what about cats living the good life together as indoor pets?.

What Domestic Cat Allogrooming is Not

If you’ve ever had more than one cat under your roof, you may have noticed a feline behaviour crop up where – every so often – one cat will begin to lick and groom another. At this point, either the first cat will continue to groom the second on his or her own, or the second cat will join in, grooming the first cat back until the two begin licking and grooming one another for a little while. If you’ve ever seen this behaviour firsthand, you’ve been lucky enough to be a witness to the incredibly neat behaviour of domestic cat allogrooming.

Allogrooming – or social grooming between two or more members of the same species – is something that many species do. I’m sure you can already think of an example or two that feels similar to two cats licking one another – monkeys picking fleas and lice out of each other’s hair, for instance. There are many commonalities between allogrooming behaviours from one species to the next, but there are also differences, so what I’ll be talking about here are specific facts and theories scientists have discovered and refined through studying allogrooming in the domestic cat world.

Although the 1998 study found that “allogrooming does not seem to have anything to do with whether cats are siblings, parent-and-child, cousins, or relations of any kind,” there is plenty of anecdotal evidence of the bonds formed between cats of the same litter, a mother cat and her kittens, and more. This may only come into play among domesticated cats—feral cat colonies are far less likely to show loyalty to bloodlines. Why do cats groom each other? the answer isn’t exactly straightforward. We now know that hygiene doesn’t usually play a role in allogrooming—instead, this behaviour can be seen as social acceptance and even dominance in the context of the group.

When your cats were kittens, there is no doubt the grooming they received was all for their benefit. But as cats grow up and especially as they get older, it sure can be nice to have a little help with some of those hard-to-reach places. In the spirit of “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours,” cats are known to engage in a behaviour scientists call “allogrooming. ” as the journal of ethology points out, allogrooming has been identified and studied in domestic cats since at least the late 20th century.

Our Best Theory: Why Cats Lick and Groom Each Other

For these two reasons, allogrooming doesn’t seem to be about affection either. If it was, it would make sense that dominant and submissive cats and male and female cats would all be relatively equally giving of allogrooming to other cats. The last theory that is unlikely to be true is mentioned in the study I’ve referred to’s discussion. Allogrooming also doesn’t appear to be a tool to reduce the stress that may have come about because of conflicts or being in close proximity to other animals, either.

The why comes to down many reasons, the most swaying, in my opinion, coming down to the fact that if allogrooming was merely about reducing stress in the group, there should be little to no difference whether dominant or less dominant cats are the ones to instigate and carry out allogrooming. But there is a huge difference – dominant cats are almost always the instigators and the ones to lick and groom lower ranking cats. So again, there appears to be more to allogrooming than stress reduction.

The over-grooming kitty is very common, although particularly frustrating, circumstance because there is usually no quick, easy solution to the situation. The cause of over-grooming may be behavioural or medical. Behavioural over-grooming, otherwise known as “psychogenic alopecia,” is a form of stress-relief for many cats. However, this is a diagnosis of exclusion after all the potential underlying medical causes have been ruled out.

Medical causes that may lead a cat to over-groom are usually those that make the cat feel itchy. One of the most common causes is an allergy. Just like people, cats can have allergies to food, fleas, or anything else in the environment – natural or not. So if your cat suddenly starts to groom more or there are patches of missing or barbered fur (where chewed hair shafts have become stubble) to suggest he is licking or plucking more, make sure to check for fleas and look for any changes in his diet history or environment.

Both indoor and outdoor cats allogrooming.

While I’m not saying they both allogroom at the same rate or frequency (house cats typically allogrooming more since they are in closer proximity to other cats, and that’s a factor in whether there will be more allogrooming), still – both indoor and outdoor cats engage in allogrooming behaviour.

As various studies have observed, allogrooming occurs among cats that already have a social bond. If a pair of indoor cats generally accept each other, they are more likely to engage in this kind of social grooming.

This will depend on a variety of factors such as your cat’s skin and coat type, tolerance, indoor/outdoor, health and age. Anywhere from 4-6 weeks for long hair cats, to once every four
months for short hair cats is recommended to keep the skin and coat healthy.

Cats that are spayed and not spayed, neutered and not neutered allogrooming.

Spayed and neutered cats, as well as cats that haven’t been neutered or spayed, will all engage in allogrooming behaviours. Again, there are differences in frequency and the likelihood of spayed vs not spayed and neutered vs not neutered cats grooming another cat, but it’s still true that all types do allogrooming.

A blogger recently gathered a comprehensive set of research on why cats groom each other. Most of her data was pulled from a 1998 study published in the journal of ethology. The study centred around 25 adult cats living in confinement—14 male, 11 female, all neutered or spayed. Some of the fascinating insights pulled from the study include the following:
of the allogrooming sessions, 65. 1% were between two males, 31. 3% were males with females, and only 3. 6% were two females together. Male cats nearly always (90. 4%) acted as initiators.

Dominant, confident cats are more likely to allogroom less-dominant, less-confident cats.

Often times, the dominant cat in the household will groom the others as a way of reinforcing his position in the hierarchy. You may even notice one of your cats (typically the submissive or “lower-ranking” cat) soliciting allogrooming by approaching the dominant cat, flexing his neck, and exposing the top of his head or back of his neck.

Among other benefits, allogrooming confers social status, builds relational bonds, decreases stress, improves health and simply feels good. As such, allogrooming is more likely to occur between related cats, especially cats that came from the same litter. To the social status point, many cat owners report that over time it becomes apparent that one household cat receives more grooming while the other cat does more grooming. Feline behaviourists believe this is an indication of which one is the dominant cat in the household social hierarchy (equally oddly, the giving cat is likely the dominant cat).

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Do cats enjoy being groomed

The good news is that most cats like being brushed and groomed. Even so, here’s how to acclimate them to the brushing routine: Get comfy: To start, make sure your cat is comfortable.

What happens if you don’t groom your cat

Neglecting to brush your kitty’s coat can lead to painful tangles and a bellyful of hair. You’ll know if your cat is suffering from hairballs when he coughs them up onto the floor or expels them in his faeces.

Why does my cat hate being groomed

Why Your Cat Hates Being Groomed Being scared of the prospect of being groomed. Having had a bad experience with grooming in the past. Not enjoying being handled in general. Having a very matted coat that causes pain if it’s even gently teased with a comb.

Why do cats bite their brushes

Cats react to stimulation. Each cat has his / her own threshold of petting, being held, or even brushed. … The cat grabbing or biting the brush is the same thing he’d do to your hand if you pet him long enough. It happens quicker with a brush because it’s…

Is matted fur painful for cats

Mats in cat fur are not only unsightly, but they are also painful to your cat. They can lead to skin irritation and infection if they’re not removed.

What is the best sedative for cats

Pre-Hospital Sedation of Cats Drug Dose Acepromazine Recommended: Injectable (OTM): 0.01-0.05 mg/kg Small volumes can be diluted with 0.9% saline for easier administration Gabapentin 15-30 mg/kg For most average cats, 100 mg capsule recommended Trazodone 5-10 mg/kg For most average cats, 50 mg tablet recommended

What is a natural sedative for cats

Chamomile has substances that are known to act on similar parts of the brain and nervous system and as a result, helps to reduce stress and promote relaxation in your cat.

How can I instantly calm my cat

Here’s how you can create a calming situation for her to relax: Give the cat as much time as possible to calm down. Take her to a quiet place where she can be alone–if you’re in your home, a bathroom works well. … Follow a routine for all daily activities like feeding and cage cleaning. … Cats mark their territory by smell. More items…

Can you Overbrush a cat

Short-Haired Cats Several times a week is fine for grooming, but a daily brushing won’t hurt. Just don’t overdo it. Brushing your cat too much can result in skin irritation or bald patches, though you’re more likely to see these symptoms from your cat over-grooming than from brushing.

Can you use human nail clippers on cats

Either the guillotine type or a human fingernail clipper is easiest to use in cats. The scissors-type is used if a toenail is so long that it is curling in a circle. Long claws can grow into the toepad. … If you cut into the quick, the claw will bleed and the cat will experience pain.

Do cats like being kissed

Cats like to act demure, but research shows that they truly do love their humans. … While some cats seem to like and lean into human kisses, others most certainly do not. Chances are, you know which side your cat falls on. A cat’s like or dislikes for affection may even change from day to day (or hour to hour.Should you brush your cats teeth.

Do cats need to be bathed

The National Cat Groomers of America recommends cats get a bath and blow-dry every 4-6 weeks to keep their coats from getting matted or pelted.

How do I get rid of my cats matted fur

If your cat’s fur becomes matted, you can try to brush or comb it out using your fingers or a mat breaker. Mat breakers are smaller than typical grooming brushes and can sometimes detangle mats that are not too tight. However, you do not want to cause your cat any pain or the stress of a prolonged brushing session.

Why is my cat getting matted

Fur can become matted for a variety of reasons. … Shedding is another reason your pet may have matted cat fur. When loose hairs fall, it gets caught in your cat’s coat, leaving behind knots. The longer mats are left unattended, they can grow tighter and settle closer to the skin.

Why is my cat’s fur suddenly matted

So matting of the fur may be your first indicator that your pet is anaemic, isn’t breathing well, has kidney failure, is diabetic, has heart disease or even cancer. It is your cat’s way of showing you he/she isn’t feeling well. … In other cases, stressed cats feel too vulnerable to groom

How do you brush a cat’s teeth

Start brushing. Use a circular motion and focus on your cat’s gum line. Initially concentrate on the outside surfaces of her teeth, under her lips. Eventually, work your way up to all of your cat’s teeth. Spend about 2-3 minutes brushing her entire mouth, ideally once a day.

How often should I brush my cat’s teeth

Daily brushing is most beneficial and will help to establish a routine. Brushing a minimum of 3 times a week is helpful if your schedule cannot accommodate daily brushing. ‘It is best to teach your cat to accept brushing while she is still a kitten.’

How do you brush a cat that hates it

Tips: Try rubbing the scent of your cat onto the brush first. For nervous cats link the brush with a reward. Let the cat SEE the brush first and then follow with a treat. Never the other way around.

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