After cats and dogs, having a pet fish comes surprisingly at the third rank. Nowadays, there is an increasing demand of fishes and fish tanks. This is probably because of the fact that people today have moved to smaller spaces and rentals. And we all know how most of the rentals do not want dogs and cats at their units. So, the fish is the next big thing to a pet lover!
What’s with the fish anyway?
- Though taking care of a fish requires knowledgeable caretakers and a proper environment, fishes are generally easier and less expensive to feed and care for compared to other pets.
- Since the fish is just inside a tank, you will never have a problem in noise inside the house as it never really makes noise. No barking or squawking inside and outside the house. Thus, no baby or neighbor will ever get disturbed from this pet.
- Having a fish means there are no surprise mess when you come home from work. No pee on the carpet and feces on the floor to be cleaned. No litter box to take care of and replace every now and then.
- If you are lazy in walking or doing an exercise, a pet fish is just right for you as it does not need to be walked!
- Though fishes are silent and may be alone in a fish tank, you will be surprised at the tranquility and calmness it gives to anyone who watches the fishes glide serenely inside the tank.
- Coming home to a destroyed pillow or cushion or a couch is a sight we really do not want to see. Unlike many furry and feather friends, fishes do not have any separation anxiety or destructive behaviors when left behind by the owner.
- You will be amazed by the different styles, sizes and vibrant colors a fish may don. And seeing them glide through the water with those colors are so calming.
- The fish are clean in it. Thus, there is no need for trips to the groomer to have it trimmed or have the teeth brushed!
- The tank where the fish lives, if properly maintained and decorated can always be an additional focal point to a room. It lights up a room and can also serve as an additional decoration.
- If you are lucky enough, there are some fish that can interact with their owners and can be trained as well to learn some tricks! So, go and research to these kinds of fishes.
- Technically, a fish does not shed fur, bring dirt from outdoors or shake litter from its paws. Because simply they just live in their tanks and do not go out!
Having a pet fish can actually be both economical and calming. It does not require too much attention and does not demand too much care and pet food. It does not require too much space too. That is why it makes a very good candidate for people living in a small apartment or in a rental.
Cats are excellent pets. Proper care for them includes giving them cat wash and cat food. There are a lot of people who think that when their pet is domesticated, it is already alright to feed it with whatever humans eat. Little did they realize that while it is good for humans, it is actually harmful for their pets. Below is a list of food items that are actually dangerous to your cat, so do not feed them with it.
- Citrus oil extracts is bad for your cat as it can cause vomiting
- Canned tuna for humans should not be a substitute to canned tuna for cats. Reason being, this may cause malnutrition to your pet since it lacks proper levels of minerals and vitamins. This can also lead your cat to have thiamine deficiency
- In cartoons, we often see cats enjoying fish bones. But in reality, this is actually harmful for them. Fish bones can actually cause laceration and/or obstruction to your pet’s digestive system
- Baby food is not allowed to cats too as the baby food can contain onion powder which can be very toxic to your pet. If fed in large amounts, the cat can suffer from malnutrition.
- There is a reason why dog food is different from cat food although they are purely domesticated animals. Dog food, if taken in large amounts, can cause diseases affecting the heart. Accidental ingestion is okay but do not feed your cat with dog food repeatedly.
- Humans tend to feed their pet with what they are eating such as chocolates. These sweet food is dangerous to your pet as it can most often than not, cause diarrhea and can be really toxic to your pet’s nervous system and heart
- If you do not want your cat to suffer from pancreatitis, do not feed him some fat trimmings.
- Taking care of your cat’s kidneys would mean not feeding him with raisins, grapes and currants
- Although garlic and onions are really good for human food, this does not sit well with cat food. Onions and garlic contain disulfides and sulfoxides which can cause anemia to your pet and damage the red blood cells.
- Raw meat is also discouraged as it may contain E Coli and Salmonella. A bacteria that can cause diarrhea and vomiting to cats
- If salt is ingested in large amounts, this may cause electrolyte imbalance to your pet
- Just like the humans, cats should not be fed with too much sweet. Sugar effects in humans are the same as with cats. It can cause dental problems, obesity and diabetes mellitus.
- Do not feed your pet with mushrooms too. The mushrooms can affect multiple systems and cause shock which may result to death.
These are just some of the foods that are dangerous for cats. If you want to play safe and let alone enjoy your pet for a long period, avoid feeding the aforementioned foods and stick to the ones that are best for them. Go and buy your pet the right food by visiting the veterinarian and/or just go straight ahead and buy the commercialized cat foods in the market today.
A dog will always be a man’s number one best friend and will always be the top choice when it comes to owning a pet. They are simply adorable and would love you unconditionally no matter what race you come from, what your religion is, your financial status or your political stance. Whatever or whoever you are, your dog will love you just the same. However, did you know that dogs, just like humans have different personalities too? These personalities are known to be temperament and each bread has a differing one.
Understanding your dog’s personality is very important as this will help both of you understand what to do in certain situation or which incident will make a dog tick and lose its patience. Understanding its personality will also help you be patient with your best friend. To help you understand your dog, below are the temperaments or personalities of a dog.
Dependent or Independent
If you feel that your dog is independent, he may not require too much human interaction, affection, praise and companionship. While a dependent dog will need constant affection and craves for companionship and praise. A good indicator of a dependent dog is when he sticks like a leech to you and follows you everywhere around the house. A dependent dog who loves attention would be a miniature schnauzer.
Independent dogs are good especially if you need them to do certain tasks. Think of the hounds hunting in packs, or the sled dogs or if you are in a farm, you can opt for the herd-guarding breeds. If you give them too much attention and affection, they will not be able to do their job well.
Willing or Unwilling
A dog, just like humans, will willingly do a task if it’s something that interests him. He will eagerly do a task if it has intrinsic value to him. If none, it would require a good dose of persuasion on your end.
Ever wondered why a retriever would most likely oblige playing fetch than that of a terrier? That is because it is already the nature of a retriever to retrieve something. It is their innate desire to find and bring back something like birds. Terriers on the other hand have an innate desire to chase down and kill vermin. That is why the terrier happily chases a ball but will not give it back to you. Rather, it will just shake the ball and somehow kill it.
So, when training your dog, you must understand the intrinsic value it gives them. Just like humans, they tend to ask themselves “what is in it for me?” That is why you should always give your pet a reason why he should perform the trick. Now, once your dog will willingly do the task for you, never forget to reward him with a special treat. This way, he will most likely do it again for you.
A dog is never dominant. Rather, it is pushy and bratty. The dog is confident. If you feed this to your dog and let him have his way always, then you are most likely training your dog to be more pushy and bratty; thus the coined dominant dog because it owns the owner. To ensure that your dog will not be a dominant one, make him understand (just like that of a child) that not all the things he wants, he gets. You should learn how to discipline your dog and give punishment when it is due and reward as necessary.
Just like humans, a submissive dog is a dog that lacks confidence. You may detect this on his behavior when you are angry at him. They usually display the body language of fear in an attempt to pacify you or calm down an aggressive behavior. To cure your dog’s lack of confidence, try engaging your dog in trainings and dog sports such as fly ball and agility training. Do not forget to praise your dog often too. Help him build his confidence by praising him more and rewarding him for every good deed.
Mentally Insensitive or Sensitive
A mentally sensitive dog is the one whose behavior changes when your mood also changes. When we are upset, anxious, angry, depressed, disappointed or feeling less than happy, a mentally sensitive dog will notice this. Mostly the dog’s reaction would be anxious too; especially if he does not understand your emotion. When your dog becomes anxious and does a bad thing, do not blame the dog for it and do not punish him. Most often than not, he is just anxious as to why you are feeling negative.
An insensitive dog on the other hand will not mind you. Even if you feel depressed or sad, he will most likely be continuing what he loves doing. He may still be playful and run around. He will not really be affected by your mood.
When dealing with a sensitive dog, never take out your frustration on him. Because when you do, he will then see you as frightening and unfair. A view that we do not really want our dog to see us and a relationship that we do not want to foster.
Drive or Energy
A dog’s energy level translates to your dog’s activity level. A high-energy dog will require an activity outlet. He needs to drain his energy somewhere or onto something. If left unattended, your dog may develop an undesirable habit of destructing your things. His energy outlet may result to digging, barking, destructive chewing and pestering behavior.
While it is best to pair an active dog with an active owner, mostly this is not the case. Owners of active dogs need to find a healthy outlet for his dog. You can drain his energy by taking him for a walk or a run around the village. You may also like to enroll him to agility training or go for fly ball sessions.
Owning a dog is just like taking care of a human being; you need to feed them, exercise with them, give dog wash, and etc. So be sure that you understand your dog well and your lifestyle matches that of your pet.
Didn’t you know that there are multiple proven health benefits of owning a pet? This includes improving your mental, emotional and physical well-being. It also helps in decreasing your chance of having heart attacks. So, what does it really take to have your own pet?
Lowers Blood Pressure
Studies have found that owning a pet lowers your blood pressure. As Marty Becker, a veterinary consultant for Good Morning America once said, “If you have a dog around, your blood pressure is lower.” Why? Maybe because of the fact that your pet has unconditional love for you! Remember that your pet will never judge you when you lose your house, your job or your savings. Whatever your status in life is, your pet will love you just the same.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away. A pet a day, keeps pain medication away! Pets are great especially if you are dealing with chronic pains such as arthritis and migraines. Pets can help reduce anxiety. Remember, the lesser anxiety, the lesser the pain. People who came out of surgery can make good use of having a pet around too! Studies have proved that people out of surgery recover faster and with lesser pain medication while they have a pet around.
Did you know that people with pets are generally happier than those who don’t? People who have pets around tend to laugh more and humor is really good. How a pet improves your mood, you may ask. Imagine coming home and being greeted by something that does not mock you, judge you, nags at you and/or criticize you. Instead, in their eyes, you are the star! You are Johnny Depp, you are David Beckham, you are Cameron Diaz, or you are Kim Kardashian! Yes, they will not judge you. They will just be happy that you are home, alive and well. This is actually the main reason why pets are used in various forms of therapy.
It has been a wide known fact that soldiers dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder are being enrolled to therapy to cope up. And what is the therapy? Apart from the appointments with the doctor, they are given pets. Studies show that veterans with pets make it easier to socialize again and have a significant decrease in suicidal attempts. Pets give the veterans a sense of responsibility and the pet in return loves them without judging them or the veteran is not subject to explain what they’ve been through. The pet serves as their silent companion.
Helpful for People Suffering from Diabetes
There was a study in 1992 that showed people with diabetes living with pets have been saved when their sugar level drops. Mostly dogs but some pets like birds, cats and rabbits can detect and change their behavior when their owner’s blood sugar level drops. This is probably because of the reaction they have to the chemical changes in their owner’s body. Due to this successful study, there are organizations today that train animals to be companions for people at risk of unstable sugar levels. So if you have someone in your household who has unstable sugar levels, you might consider having your own pet at home.
Prevent Allergies and Improve Immunity
If you have toddlers and/or kids at home, you may want to keep a pet with you. Contrary to popular belief that having pets with fur – especially those that need regular pet grooming at home – will worsen the allergies of kids, it does not really worsen it. In fact, it improves the immunity of these kids. Children ages 6 to 7 years old who have pets develop natural immunotherapy. In fact, kids who grew up on a farm and/or around animals rarely have allergies. However this is not a reversible effect. Getting a pet as an adult will not reverse the effect if you already have allergies.
Helps Development in Children
A child with a pet has notably good sociable skills and can relate better to society and its surroundings. The child does not have a problem in expressing himself. A child suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can benefit from having a pet as well. Giving this child a pet will give him responsibility and focusing his energy in taking care of his pet on a predictable routine. Other than a child with ADHD, a child with Autism can also reap good benefits from having a pet. The feeling and or sensation of holding, cuddling and petting an animal can be soothing and relaxing for them. Giving a rabbit, a cat and/or a dog to a child with autism is perfect especially if they usually throw tantrums as the pet will keep them relaxed and at ease.
It Lessens Loneliness
Coming home from a stressful work to an empty house or apartment is the worst feeling in the world. It reminds you of how alone you are and that you have no one to go home to. Having a pet at home will lessen this feeling or better yet, it will get rid you of loneliness! Arriving at a home where something is anticipating for your come back is the nicest feeling in the world. Especially if you just want someone by your side without you trying to explain yourself or how bad your day went. A pet will just sit by your side, cuddle with you and help melt your stress away. Your pet will always love you even if you come home looking much disheveled!
Most importantly, if you are a first time pet owner, know that a pet does not necessarily have to be a dog or a cat like most households do. If you do not like a cat or a dog, you can always go for a rabbit, a bird, a fish, a hamster, you name it!
Rabbits make excellent pets as they can easily adapt to a domestic lifestyle and you cannot deny the fact that they have wonderful personalities and temperament. They can also adjust well to living inside an apartment. To keep your rabbit happy and healthy, just like any other pets, they need to be well taken care of, given a good shelter and fed regularly with the right kind of food.
A Cage for your Pet Rabbit
To house a rabbit, you must get an appropriately sized cage. A four feet wide, two feet deep and two feet tall cage is enough to keep your eight pound or so rabbit. Always remember that your pet should have enough room to stretch out comfortably, hop properly and lay down while still keeping a room for food, water and litter box. If you do not want to buy a cage for your rabbit, you may always build one. Just ensure that it is big enough for your pet. If you feel like your cage is not enough for hopping and exercise, you can always build an exercise pen. Note that big rabbits will require big pens and cages as well. So, build according to size and their ability to play and hop around.
When building or buying a cage for your rabbit, look for the ones with solid bottom and sides made out of wire safe for rabbits. If you cannot find a solid bottom cage, you can always go for the wired ones. Just place a wood plank so it will not hurt the rabbit’s feet when inside. Do note also that a rabbit is an active animal, so an exercise pen or a room where it can hop around is very important. A rabbit is also a social animal. Ensure to buy a pair. If you do not want them to multiply, just neuter or spay them. Inside the cage, do not forget to line it with hay or soft wood shavings. Reason being, rabbits like to rest comfortably in nests. Hays also play an important role in a rabbit’s diet.
Where to Place the Rabbit
Rabbits also like to chew. If you are placing your pet inside the house, make sure that the cage is away from where the cords are. You may opt to buy cord protectors or just buy the baby fence or dog fence to give your rabbit an access to the house without destroying anything.
Territories of Rabbits
The rabbits like to use a small space as a restroom and will always go back to that spot. This certain spot is usually in one corner of the cage. Identify the preferred spot of your pet then line it with a litter box especially made for rabbits. Consider also in putting another litter box in its play area as he will be staying here most of the day.
Provide also a hiding place in your rabbit’s cage. They are burrowing prey animals, so giving them a hiding place is good for their well-being.
Food for the Rabbits
As for the food, contrary to popular belief that rabbits love to eat carrots as popularized by cartoon character Bugs Bunny, rabbits actually love hay. Hay is the main component of your pet’s diet so be sure you have lots of hay ready for him. Oat, broom hay or timothy is best bets for your rabbit. For young growing rabbits or pregnant ones, feed the alfalfa hay and pellets. These foods will give your rabbits the extra calories they need. For adult rabbits, it should have an eighth of a cup for every 5 pounds of body weight.
Apart from hay, offer your pet plenty of vegetables too. However, note the carrots as it is high in sugar content. You should go for the green leafy ones. But ensure that it is organic so as not to harm the health of your pet. You cannot go wrong with spinach, turnip greens, cilantro, parsley, watercress, celery, dandelion leaves and collards. You may also feed your pet with fruits if you like. You can opt for strawberries, blueberries, bananas or apples as special treats. However, feed it sparingly as fruits are high in sugar.
Though the rabbit eats fruits and vegetables, it should not be fed with human food such as candy, dairy, chocolate, bread and anything cooked! Do not feed your pet with lettuce too! Particularly the iceberg lettuce. This may cause death to a rabbit as it will upset the stomach and cause severe diarrhea. If you want to feed your rabbit some lettuce, romaine with be a good idea. Just make sure that it is organic and wash it properly. Lastly, do not feed your rabbit some grass cuttings as this will cause serious health problems. You would not want that right?
Aside from food such as hay, vegetables and fruits, you should not forget to provide clean water to your pet. Fresh water must always be available and should be changed daily to prevent any contamination. You may use a bowl just like that of a hamster. Make sure that the water never runs out.
As for pet grooming, you should clean the cage every week. Always wash it with hot, soapy water then rinse it thoroughly and let it dry completely. Wash the water bowl every day and change the litter box everyday too. Now, bathing is not necessary for rabbits but you can use a soft bristled brush to carefully remove matted hair every day or two. Should you wish to bathe your rabbit for proper pet grooming, you may purchase a rabbit shampoo. You may discuss with your veterinarian on how often should your rabbit be bathe in a month.
Lastly, do not forget to pay your veterinarian a visit for health checkups. As there may be vaccines needed for your rabbit that should ward of diseases such as Myxomatosis. Regular trips to the vet will always ensure that your rabbit is living healthy and have the vitamins and minerals it needs. Apart from health checkup, since it loves to chew, do not forget to let the vet check its teeth too!
In a single mention of spiders, let alone a tarantula, most often than not, people who can hear you say it will cringe. Why? Because we grew up thinking that they are exotic and very dangerous creatures. But did you know that there is a rise of people interested in keeping tarantulas as pets? If you are one of those people interested in tarantulas, then you must know how to take care of them.
Tips on Caring for a Tarantula
If you are a first time owner or interested in getting a tarantula as pet, the first thing you must do is to research. Do note that there are hundreds of species of tarantulas. When you say tarantula, it is just not one specie, it has lots! It is just like dogs where it has multiple breeds. Tarantulas in fact have 900 species to choose from. And with the different species in this world, it also has varying needs and ways to take care. When picking a tarantula, make sure you understand the temperature requirement, the diet and humidity levels it needs. Is the food you are going to feed it with available in your area?
You also need to understand where their natural habitat is at so you can buy the perfect tank for them. Some tarantulas live in higher grounds such as the trees. So you need to add more height to your tank as ground space is not that important for this type of specie. While there are some which are ground dwelling. If this is the type of tarantula that you want, then opt for a tank that has a good room to walk around.
As mentioned earlier, your tank should be paired with what is best for your tarantula and its living area needs. You may opt for a Critter Keeper as your tarantula tank. This can be bought at any local pet stores in your area. However if you do not want any critter keeper, you can go for aquariums instead. Just ensure that the lid of the aquarium is closed so your tarantula will not escape and freak out the members of your household. Always put in mind that a tarantula can climb easily on a glass.
If your tarantula is ground dwelling, you do not really need a very big tank. Reason being, a tarantula does not need a lot space. A very big tank will only make it difficult for your tarantula to catch its prey as the prey will have more space to hide and get away from your tarantula. A perfect size for a tank should be twice the leg span of your spider in depth. A comfortable size is three times its leg span in length. A size such as that would already make your tarantula happy!
In your tank, do not forget to put in some substrate. A substrate will help keep your tank not to dry too much as it holds in moisture every time you mist your tank. Keep at least 2 inches of substrate at the bottom. If your pet loves to burrow, then go for at least 5 inches of substrate. The depth should be no less than the leg span of your spider from the surface of the substrate to the top enclosure. Reason being, this should prevent accidents of your pet from falling. If the distance from the substrate to the enclosure is too tall, it might break the spider’s abdomen which will then result to ending the life of your pet.
Also, do not forget to fill in organic potting soil. You may visit your nursery to purchase this type of soil. You can choose from Canadian Peat Moss, Black Gold All Organic Potting Soil, or ask for a combination of both. Just ensure that there are no additives and/or fertilizers added in on the potting soil as this is harmful for the spider.
Aside from the substrate, do purchase a water bowl for your pet. You may also just place a jar lid and serve it as a water bowl inside the tank. The water bowl is needed so your pet can drink water and it also helps keep humidity at bay in the tank. Your water bowl should be large enough for your tarantula to submerge its fangs to drink from the bowl. The bowl does not need to be very deep also. Keep it about one inch for an adult spider and less for smaller ones. If you do not see your pet drinking from your water source, do not be alarmed! Spiders rarely drink water.
Now, I know it is nice to put decorations in the tank. However, please lessen it and just decorate according to the needs of the spider. Tree dwelling tarantulas will need some branches and tall things to climb on while if you are opting for ground dwelling ones, branches is highly discouraged; as your pet might climb the branches and will fall down and cause injuries. Remember, the more you put in, the more you will clean later on. So, keep it at minimum.
Tarantulas love to hide. So ensure that you provide for your pet a place to hide. You can put a partially buried clay flowerpot as its hiding space. Or you can be more creative and get a better one. If it is day time, do not be alarmed if you can see your pet hiding in its hiding place as they are sensitive to light and it stresses them out.
Lastly, feed your pet the right stuff. Most tarantulas are already happy with crickets. Or you can feed it with other insects as long as it is not poisonous for them. Some people would even feed their tarantulas with roaches. If you opt for roaches, just ensure that you know how to contain the roach when inside the tank and ensure that it does not get away!
Taking care of a tarantula is inexpensive and easy. There are no frequent visits to the groomer. You just have to ensure that it has a proper living space and is fed with the right stuff to prolong its longevity.
Although cats love to groom it, you should groom it yourself too. It is a given that cats are neat freaks. In fact, most of their lives they either just sleep or groom themselves. No matter what a neat freak your pet is, he will still need a helping hand. Feline grooming is more than just keeping your pet from looking good. It will also help you determine the state of his health. By grooming him, you are actually helping your cat from suffering digestive problems due to hairballs.
Tips for Grooming your Cat
- If you are new to grooming your cat, remember not to snatch up your cat immediately and subject it to grooming. That would be a disaster waiting to explode. Remember that your cat does not like it at first hand. So, you should slowly accustom your pet to this activity and let him understand that you are there to help. To do this, pick a time when your pet is content and relaxed – this usually happens after eating. Start your sessions by at least five to ten minutes a day. Pet and praise your cat while you are grooming him. You may offer him a treat after the session too so he will most likely do it again with you. If you feel like your cat does not like having you groomed him, you may stop immediately and try again some other time. It may be because your cat may not be relaxed at the moment.
- To do the grooming, subject your cat to regular brushing. This benefits the cat by removing the dead hair and dirt as well as removing any tangles and mattes. When brushing, make sure that it is in the direction that the hair naturally lay and never against the grain if you do not want your cat to get angry at you. And also, be extra gentle around the chest and belly as your pet is a bit sensitive on these areas.
- For short haired cats, go for a metal comb with fine teeth. Start from head until the tail tip. Be mindful of any small pepper-like specks as this could indicate that your cat has fleas. After which, brush the fur again using a soft rubber brush to help remove any loose hair. Brushing for this type of cat can be done once a week.
- For long haired cats, comb it using the wide-toothed ones. This will help remove debris that may be caught in your cat’s hair. Be very careful when you are untangling the knots and removing the matte as this may be painful for your cat and you might end up getting scratched. After which, subject the cat with a wire brush or bristle brush to remove loose hair then opt for a toothbrush when brushing your cat’s face. Brushing for this type of cat should be done daily.
- It is a wide known fact that cats hate taking a bath and would be happily take comfort in the old time tongue-bath. However, there may be times that your cat gets dirtier than usual and the tongue-bath does not really clean it properly and gives justice to cleaning. So you opt to give your cat a real bath. Naturally, cats are not fond with water so you have to be careful in giving your cat a bath.
- In giving a cat bath, make sure that the water temperature should be pleasant for your cat. It should not be cold or hot. Rather, it should be warm. Gently wet the cat and avoid pouring water directly on to the cat’s head if you do not want any chaos around the house. To do this, start by its body by using a pitcher if you do not have any hose. Then rinse it with cat shampoo starting gently from the head down to the tail. For some reason, cats are sensitive with their heads, so just like the first step, rinse the cat thoroughly but gently; avoiding direct pouring on the cat’s head. Once done, pat gently using a dry towel. Never blow dry a cat!
- Also, when cat grooming, do not forget the nails. Giving your cat a pedicure can be a bit tricky but if you know how to do it properly, it will be a breeze and easier than you imagined it is. Just a tip though, clipping its nails should be done prior to giving him a bath. To do the pedicure the right way, practice first by letting him get used to his feet being handled. You may do this by massaging its feet on a daily basis. Do not let out the clippers just yet. Massage your cat by running your hand along its leg and then pressing the pad of each toe gently using your thumb. Once you think that your cat is already comfortable and would gladly accept a foot massage from you that is when you will introduce the pedicure.
- While massaging your cat’s feet, clip the nails using nail scissors or a sharp clipper specially designed for a cat’s use. Do this by cutting the nails parallel to the flat of the claw then only clip off the white tip. Be very mindful as well as be very careful in cutting. Avoid the pinkish area that you can see through the claw. This should never be cut if you do not want your cat to get hurt and hate you afterwards.
Basically, cats are clean pets and usually brushing and nail trimming would do the trick. They are very low maintenance and grooming is not a regular job for you. Remember though that even if your pet is independent and can clean on its own, never forget to give some tender love and care from time to time by helping him out. These will not only keep your cat looking good with a shiny coat on but it will also improve its well-being and keep a healthy record. Consider the grooming part as your bonding time!