The Joy of Cat Grooming

The following article was written for us a few years ago by Angie Gonzales, a long-time friend of Fabulous Felines. We would like to share it once again as a sort of early Holiday Present, and hope it will introduce more people to the joys of grooming a feline friend while watching TV, listening to music, or just relaxing in a favorite chair.

Notes on Cat Grooming

Grooming is not only an important element in the bonding of a cat and his/her person but it also provides the opportunity, especially with adult cats, to do a general check on the coat, skin, paws, nose, ears and so on.

Why should owners groom their pet cats?

Grooming is a show of affection
Grooming is a show of affection

First, it is a good bonding experience because a cat being groomed by his/her person echoes the caring attention experienced from its mother during early kittenhood. Second, brushing or combing removes loose hair from the coat. If not removed, that hair may end up as a hairball in the cat’s stomach or intestine. Grooming also provides the opportunity for a regular check on the general condition of the cat’s coat and other areas like ears, eyes, nose and paws. Grooming is very important in spring and sometimes early summer, it’s the time when most cats, except breeds like the Sphynx and the Rex, will shed their winter coats. Third, as part of the grooming routine, it is important to check the cat’s ears for dirt, wax buildup and parasites. Same thing with the nails, if they grow too long they can ruin furnishings, hurt the owner and, what’s worse, the overgrown nail will get inside the pads of the cat’s feet and cause an infection. It is important to be careful not to cut the nails too short; this can cut into the quick causing pain and possible infection. A groomer or veterinarian can show you the proper way to trim nails.

What tools are needed to groom a cat at home?

The only tools required for a good “home grooming” are a brush with long and soft natural bristles and a fine-toothed metal comb. If there are mats, they should be teased out with the fingers or with a comb, taking care not to pull at the skin.

When is it a good time for a grooming session?

It can be any time of the day, usually when the cat is relaxed and comfortable. When the session is over, you can reward your kitty with his/her favorite treat or even a super treat like a small piece of ham, the size of a dime (all cats love ham but it’s very high in fat). You can also treat kitty to a session of playing with his/her favorite toy so he/she will learn to relate being groomed to something positive. Short hairs will do fine with one session of grooming every week or even every 10 days, long hairs need more attention, particularly when they are shedding the old winter coat. It is recommended that their coat be checked at least a couple of times a week.

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Happy Halloween!

Spike has already picked out his Halloween costume. He’s going to be SPOOKY CAT! He also asked us to warn you to keep your cats safely in the house this Halloween. (He also wants you to give them lots of treats).



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Thanks to Everyone at United Way and Combined Federal Campaign

Volunteers Angie and Merry at the Sandia Agency Fair
Volunteers Angie and Merry at the Sandia Agency Fair

Autumn is the time when many businesses give employees an opportunity to sign up for regular payroll deductions to charity through the United Way or the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Both of these organizations have been incredibly supportive of our cat rescue, and this year is no exception. We put up booths at Agency Fairs at Sandia Laboratories for the United Way, and at the US Forest Service for the CFC. The best part of these Agency Fairs is that we get a chance to meet and talk with the wonderful people who support us through their payroll deductions.

Merry at the Forest Service
Merry at the Forest Service

If you would like to support Fabulous Felines through either of these programs, just specify that your donations go to Fabulous Felines of Albuquerque (for the United Way), or use our CFC number (83472). Or, maybe we will even see you at your company’s Agency Fair!

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Fabulous Felines Fall Food Drive

AutumnFoodDrive2012.pdfWe wanted to remind you that we are having our fall food drive, and invite you to take any donations of cat food, litter, paper towels or plates, or cat toys to our donations basket at VCA Montgomery. We will use these to support community cat colonies, to care for the cats in our foster house, or to help people keep their cats in their homes.

Also, please download and share our flier, and when you are at VCA, please thank the wonderful people there for their generous support of our organization!

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Did You Lose Your Cat or Kitten?

IMG_0425One of the most heartbreaking parts of working with Fabulous Felines is trying to help people find a lost, beloved pet. Now, thanks to Mayor Berry’s Open Data Initiative, ABQ Data, a valuable tool for finding a lost pet is available to the public.

The Animal Intake Report for the city shelters is now available at the city website. Just go to Animal Arrival Report page, and enter the range of dates you would like to search, the type of animal, and click on the “Finish” button at the bottom of the page. It will give you a table of all animals taken in on those dates, along with a description of the animal, and the place it was found.

Deepest thanks to Mayor Berry, and to all his staff who worked to provide this powerful tool!

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