One of the main things that prospective cat owners should think about before getting a pet is what they are prepared to do and how much they mean to invest financially in terms of keeping the animal healthy through grooming.
Grooming needs differ from one breed of cat to another. A British Short Haired Blue, for example, is a lot easier to keep in check than a Persian long haired cat.
Persian cats have a long coat which can get knotted and matted. Cats are very good at keeping themselves clean and keeping their coats in order, but when the breed has very long hair, then they are going to need some external help.
It is a good idea to groom your cat, especially if they have a long coat, at least twice a week. Owners can use any type of brush, but a metal comb tends to be the best in terms of pulling up hair which is a bit more stubborn.
Some cats are quite happy to have this done as part of their normal routine. Just like dogs, some cats enjoy being given a good brushing. But others do not like it and if the condition of their coat has been allowed to deteriorate too much, then the only option might be to get the animal shaved.
Many groomers offer this service. One of the first decisions to be made in this regard is whether or not the owner is prepared to have the animal sedated. Because cats can be quite awkward and aggressive if frightened, many grooming salons will only perform cat shaves if the animal is knocked out with full anaesthetic.
For younger cats, this is not really an issue, but for older animals, there is a health risk involved and that should not be taken lightly. The best way to deal with grooming is to keep on top of it and if the animal in question is a long-haired breed, then it should really be brushed regularly.