In some cases, there’s just a thin line between fact and myth. As a result, it’s understandable why so many of us get to believe some of the most popular pet spa grooming myths out there. In order to avoid these common blunders, make sure you know what’s fiction and what’s truth.
Pet spa grooming myths: Cats
- All cats are afraid of water
This is not true. There are cats who love bathing and even enjoy it. It depends on how you handle them and of course, on their history with water. Otherwise said, if their past association with water was a positive or a negative one. Anyway you take it, there’s a solution to every problem out there. If you don’t seem to manage it, then ask a professional groomer, they will know what to do.
- Cats don’t need to be groomed
It’s true that we often see our cats grooming themselves, but this does not mean that they don’t need additional help. On the contrary, we need to bathe, brush and dry their coat. Otherwise, they may get dirty and even catch a disease.
- Short-haired cats need no baths
It doesn’t matter what type of coat your cat has, every pet deserves a bath from now and then if you want to keep them healthy. Short-haired cats shed too! So, with regular baths, you can control this. Use an organic cat shampoo with decreasing properties and thus take care of her skin too.
- You don’t need to trim your cat’s coat
If you don’t want to experience shedding then trim your cat’s coat. Get her to your favorite groomer or take time and do it yourself. It will be fun, just try it!
- Once a cat hates water, you cannot change her mind
Well, it depends. With the right knowledge and the proper handling, even a cat who is scared of water can be trained. If you cannot handle it, get a professional to assist you!
Pet spa grooming myths: Dogs
- There are dogs who don’t shed
Every dog sheds, irrespective of their breed. It’s true, there are breeds that shed more than others. So, don’t ignore the importance of grooming your dog regularly and keep this aspect under control.
- Every dog shampoo has the same results
Shampoos come in different shapes and sizes, even for pets. We have anti-itch shampoos, hypoallergenic shampoos, deep hydrating shampoos and so on. So, besides the basic result – cleaning, every shampoo is different. So make sure, you have the right one for your dog’s needs.
- Dogs shouldn’t be groomed during winter
Wrong! I might sound like a broken record – but keeping a balance is the key to the well-being of your pet. Think how dry the skin of your dog will be after 6 winter months without bathing, how dirty his coat or paws will be and so on. This can actually cause serious diseases!
- Outdoor dogs don’t need to be groomed
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Every dog needs grooming and bathing. If not, this will help dirt and bacteria to form. Choose to stay informed and your dog will stay healthy.
- It’s normal for your dog to have dry skin after bathing
No! This is not normal. If you noticed your dog scratching intensively after having a bath this is because you’re using the wrong shampoo. So, change it, and soon! It’s not what your dog needs. Ask your vet or a groomer and they will guide you to use the right products. If you want to read more, here's another article about 'How to choose the right pet shampoo'
Separate fact from fiction when it comes to your pet spa grooming sessions. This way, your pets will stay healthy and you will make better-informed decisions. Consider these tips the next time you groom your pet. Good luck!