Cat skin has sebaceous glands that secrete sebum, a greasy substance. When stressed, the glands shift into overdrive. This makes perfect sense. Many of the calls I receive come from homes in which the owner has either moved recently, just given birth or travels often. These can be high-stress situations for some cats.
Those glands must be pouring out oil when the vacuum cleaner monster invades the living room!
I’d say the answer is no, but if your cat is long-haired AND obese, then the answer is yes.
As long as you have air-conditioning or cross-ventilation and shade, your well-groomed cat should be fine.
A matted cat or a cat who is not regularly combed is a different story.
Mats turn a fur coat into a blanket. Dead fur that builds up over time, unless you comb it away, mixes with living fur. That makes the coat dense and heavy.
A bath will wash away excess oil that makes the fur stick together.
Go for a light, airy coat. If you accomplish that goal, then your cat can enjoy the warmth of summer. If you can’t keep the coat clean and combed, hire someone who can or get a lion-cut for your cat.
Excited? Sure you are!
Remember to stop by Petropolis, the cutest pet supply store in New York, conveniently located near Century 21 (ka ching!), the WTC, and Wall Street. I’ll be giving a cat grooming demonstration featuring my lovely assistant, Emma, shown below bulging out of her western-themed harness.
I’ll show you the tricks that allow me to groom cats while remaining unscratched. Yes, it can be done.
Petropolis, 1:00-2:00, Sunday April 14th
Cat grooming demonstration
91 Washington St., NY, NY
The rain that washed away the dirt on your cat’s fur? Now that’s you.
The mist on her face that cleaned away the grime? Now that’s you.
The branches and leaves that rubbed her skin, tugging away dead fur? Now that’s you.
The tree trunks she scaled that kept her claws short? Now that’s you.
Cats never groomed themselves. Mother Nature groomed them. Now we have to do the job. Or it won’t get done.