Cats are fastidious groomers; thus, if your cat stops engaging in this daily activity or appears dirty and unkempt, there must be something that is bothering him. Keeping a close eye on your cat and reporting any change in his health or behavior can help nip any problem in the bud before it can worsen and serious complications set in.
There are various reasons why cats stop grooming themselves or other cats. These include:
Being overweight or obese
Carrying excess pounds reduces their flexibility, making it difficult to groom certain parts of the body.
Most dental problems are painful, and using their mouth and teeth for grooming can only make the pain worse.
Arthritis and joint problems
Cats with joint problems also have reduced flexibility and parts that can hardly be reached for grooming appear unkempt and matted.
Know more about your pet’s grooming needs on your next visit to your vet clinic South Oklahoma City, OK.