The general condition of your cat's skin and coat are good indicators of overall health.
Cats, champions of cleanliness
Cats who feel good keep themselves well groomed. Their rough tongue is a very effective tool for self-grooming. By licking themselves, cats separate tangled hairs and eliminate dead hair. The cat's saliva also helps eliminate dirt and spread the skin's natural oils on the fur.
If your cat doesn't groom itself properly, dandruff and an accumulation of dead hair in the undercoat will appear. If your cat doesn't keep itself clean or abruptly changes grooming behaviors, consult your veterinarian.
Should I bathe my cat?
Cats rarely require a bath if there are no skin issues or dirt to eliminate. However, a good bath may be required if your cat is not grooming properly. Always use a shampoo like DOUXO® that is specially formulated for your cat's skin. It contains Phytosphingosine, a pro-ceramide. Phytosphingosine helps rebuild the natural ceramides found in your cat's skin barrier that are critical to help keep the skin healthy.
Even if cats are good groomers, their fur needs to be brushed on a regular basis to eliminate tangles, mats or burrs that are too tough for them to handle. Long-haired cats should be brushed daily whereas brushing short-haired cats can be done once or twice a week. Brushing also helps prevent hairballs.
Should I clean my cat's ears?
If you see any dirt or debris in your cat's ear, or if your cat is shaking its head frequently, consult your veterinarian first for a recommendation. If your veterinarian recommends cleaningthe ears, use DOUXO® Micellar Solution, a degreasing ear cleaner. It will leave your cat's ear clean, with a pleasant light green tea smell.