Questions tagged [grooming]

Questions about keeping your pet clean and maintaining various parts of their body.

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What can I do about my cat shedding too much fur on my clothing?

I have a long haired white cat that sheds (much more than my black short-haired cat). Every time you hug him, you end up covered with fur. It seems natural for him though; he doesn't get bald and all ...
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How do I remove mat from my long haired cats fur?

I have a Siberian kitten (13 weeks old) and he has several mats very low in his fur and close to skin folds. Even if I wanted to trim or cut out the mats, this really is not possible due to the ...
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What is the difference between a hair coat and a fur coat in dogs?

Listening to dog breeders talk about dogs, I sometimes hear them mentioning that a breed has a "hair coat" or a "fur coat". What are the differences between the two types of coat? Do they have ...
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What if a cat seems annoyed by her whiskers?

My cat has long whiskers. And she constantly rubs those whiskers on things, like they itch. I read up a bit, and it says that's just their way of declaring ownership with scent glands and such. Okay,...
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Do I need to trim a rabbit's nails?

I know that I have to clip my cat's nails every now and again, and that got me wondering about my sister's rabbit - does its nails have to be clipped as well? Can we use the same style of nail ...
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Is superglue safe for gluing nail caps onto cat claws?

We use nail caps on two of our four cats (not always the name brand, just whatever is cheapest usually). The glue that comes with the package seems a lot like super glue (it gets on our fingers "...
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How important is the quality of the clippers used for occasional pet grooming?

I have a pet (rabbit) who has geriatric bowel and bladder issues. To help keep him clean, it has been recommended that we keep his belly and parts of his legs and tail clipped very short. The ...
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How to get the tail of my horse white again?

What kind of treatments do you know to get the tail of a horse white again? If I wash it only with (horse) shampoo it just gets lighter but never really white as it should be. There is always a ...
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Can expired cat shampoo still be use?

I am using this BioGance cat shampoo for my cat. However since I did not need to bathe my cat that frequently (usually once every 2-3 months depending if she needs a bath), I found that the shampoo to ...
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Why do I need to clip my dog's nails

Why do I need to clip my dog's nails? What happens if I never clip my dogs nails, will they naturally stay short? It is a large breed.
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At what age can you start clipping a cat's nails?

I have a kitten, aged 6 months, that loves to claw. I try to get the cat to provide its claws for clipping, i.e. pressing on the paw, but it does not get the claws to show. Do young cats simply do ...
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How should I trim the wings of my bird?

We have a pet cockatiel. I have heard that only certain feathers can grow back after being clipped. Which feathers are safe to clip to temporarily prevent a bird from flying?
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How can I get my cat to clean himself?

We have a lovely 7-month-old Russian Blue, and we have noticed that he doesn't wash himself as frequently as other cats we had. He does not, at all, ever wash his head; you know, by licking his paw ...
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Is styptic powder OK to use after it gets damp?

After trimming my dogs' nails, I accidentally left the jar of styptic powder open overnight. During that time, it absorbed some water from the atmosphere so that the top layer is slightly damp and ...
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What is a “bunny burrito” and when would I use it?

I have heard about rabbit owners using a "bunny burrito" as part of their rabbit grooming process. What is it? How and when should it be used?
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How to comb/brush my cat in hard to reach areas?

My cat loves being combed, he purrs and nuzzles my hands, but whenever anything, be it a comb or my hand, tries to reach his belly, he attacks it with all his four legs as soon as he notices it. Even ...
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What can I do for a dog with really dry skin

I have a 15 year old Pekingese that we rescued about 5 years ago. He has always had food and drug allergies and we have been careful about what shampoos we use, and what we let him eat. Over the ...
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How can I train my dog to behave for grooming?

My 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier really hates to be groomed, and with the amount of hair Yorkies have, this is not good. To my knowledge, he hasn't had a bad past with groomers, unless it happened ...
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How can I prevent cutting my dog when clipping his nails?

After reading Is styptic powder OK to use after it gets damp? , I wondered why people would use such a product. For some animals there may be health conditions that would cause nails to bleed when ...
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How can I more easily clip my ferrets' nails?

I've been having some trouble clipping my ferrets nails. I try to scruff them and hold them still, but they just weasel out of the hold and run away. It's very frustrating to have go chasing after ...
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What is the most effective brush for knots in Bichon Frise fur?

We currently use a short-bristled brush to groom our Bichon Frise puppy (10 month old), similar to this. As the fur gets longer, she's getting really knotty and the groomer isn't happy to see her in ...

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