Professional cat grooming is so expensive! Aren't cats self cleaning?
The answer to that question is no. They are not self cleaning. What cats do with their barbed tongue is licking. They are trying to remove excessive hair. Which brings us to reason #1.
1. Licking is not bathing any more than using your own tongue to take a bath is.
Yeah, that's pretty gross. And in the same vein, it bring us to #2.
When excessive coat is not removed via combing and brushing, the cat swallows the hair which may lead to hairballs and in extreme cases may result in megacolon. Megacolon is what happens when a cat cannot defecate due to impacted materials in their colon.
3. Prevent matting.
When excessive coat is not removed by combing and brushing, the hair begins to interweave and forms mats which become tighter and tighter as time goes by. These mats may cause skin irritations and even open sores, especially if the cat gets wet.
Why do you need a professional cat groomer to brush, comb, and bathe your cat?
4. Professional cat groomers have professional cat combs, rakes and brushes.
Professional cat groomers know how to properly and safely use these tools on your precious cat. Many of the tools available to professionals are simply not sold to the public.
5. Professional cat groomers use cat safe shampoos and conditioners.
Unfortunately, labeling on pet products is not regulated. The term cat safe is up to the manufacturer to make that determination. Professional cat groomers are more savvy when it comes to choosing products that are safe for your cat.
Before you balk at what a professional cat groomer charges remember that they take their profession seriously. They are educated and caring. Keeping your cat healthy and beautiful is a worth while investment in their happiness.