How To Help Your Cat Maintain Soft Fur
One of the most soothing things about petting a long-haired cat is the feel of soft, silky fur between your fingers. The repeated motion of stroking this delicious texture over and over can be incredibly calming and
Nevertheless, a cat’s fur is a lot more important than you probably think it is! Their skin and hair are classed as a single element, and in cats, it is their largest organ, comprising
does my cat’s skin and fur play in her health?
You can actually tell a great deal about the health of an animal from the appearance of their skin and fur, and your cat is no exception. Some of their main functions include:
- Protecting your pet from external substances such as chemicals, prickly plants/bushes, contact with hot surfaces, ultraviolet light, the sun and other environmental stressors.
- Thermoregulation. The insulating layer of fur covering your feline friend helps to keep her temperature regulated and at a healthy level. It does this by moving hair follicles closer together to provide more insulation (which keeps her warm) or allowing air to enter her coat to help cool her down.
- Immunity to disease. Your cat’s skin and fur play an important part in maintaining a strong and efficient immune system, which helps keep your animal healthy.
How can I help my cat to maintain healthy, soft fur?
As a responsible and caring owner, you will undoubtedly want to do everything possible to ensure that your feline furbaby has the healthiest, softest fur possible. There are a number of things that you can do to help.
Get her the right nutrition
When it comes to the health of your pet’s coat, nutrition is the single biggest contributor.
Wet food is generally considered superior to dry alternatives. This is because dry food tends to have
Groom her coat
Brushing your cat helps to distribute the natural oils found on her skin and hair, which helps her coat to remain soft and silky. Brushing her fur also eliminates dirt, debris
Provide parasite protection
All cats are at risk of developing external (and internal) parasites if they aren’t sufficiently protected. These can affect both the quality and look of their fur, as well as have a detrimental effect on your pet’s health. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of preventative treatments now available. Speak to our veterinarian to discuss which is the best one to ensure your pet is fully protected.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your cat’s fur, we strongly advise that you contact us