Tuesday, April 5, 2016

How often do you brush your cat? (With a giveaway!)

Popoki the cat in her scratching post
Popoki the exotic shorthair cat has eyes that just won't quit. It's her eyes that get her the most attention, both from her online fans and her real-life admirers. But she has a few other things going for her. For example, her fur is absolutely amazing.

Exotic shorthairs have some British shorthair ancestry, so their coats are thick and lush. They have long outer furs that bristle and glisten in the sunshine, but they have this deep fluffy stuff that sits underneath those long furs.

And you know what that means? Brushing.

Exotic shorthair cats like Popoki need a daily dance with a brush in order to stay slick and serene. Without that brushing, they shed hair all over the house. And they can struggle to keep things clean and free of tangles. So without brushing, she could end up with mats.

Popoki's back with a lot of fur on it

People call these cats the "lazy man's Persian," simply because they come with the flat face and without the long coats. But make no mistake: These can be high-maintenance cats that require a good deal of care in order to look and feel their best. They're not cats for the faint of heart.

And come to think of it, few cats are.

Most cats need at least a little bit of brushing on a weekly basis in order to stay soft, trim and slim. And most cats really like to be brushed by the people they love. Brushing, when done right, can be a bonding activity between a person and a cat. And brushing can be a mellowing activity people can use when their cats need to settle down for sleep.

Interested in more tidbits about grooming? I'll bet you are. And the nice folks at 9Lives reached out to me with some information about a new website all about cat grooming tips--provided by kitty expert Morris. Head on over to the site to see some really cute photos of cats doing the grooming thing, and enter win a pretty cool prize bundle that includes a robe and spa gift card for the human and a year's supply of 9Lives for the cats.

And, to thank me for writing up a little promo of that site, the team sent me a really cool kitty grooming kit.

Want one of your own? Of course you do. And you can enter right here. Let's get some official rules out of the way, shall we?

  • The contest ends at 12 AM Eastern on 4/13/2016.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • To enter, leave a comment on this blog entry (so I can prove you're not a robot). When you've done that, check off your work on the widget in this blog. No other entry formats allowed. 
  • The number of eligible entries received will determine your odds of winning.
  • The winner will be chosen at random from the eligible entries. 
  • The name of the winner will be posted on this blog, and I'll try to contact you through your comments, too. 
  • The winner will have 1 week to claim the prize, and if it's not claimed, a new winner will be chosen at random.
  • The prize will be sent to the winner by 9Lives, so you'll need to provide a valid mailing address.
  • Open to residents of the United States, older than age 18.
  • Void where prohibited by law. 

Let's get to those entries!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! And don't forget to leave a comment! 

Update: I have a winner! Congratulations to Linda, and thanks to everyone who entered!


  1. Replies
    1. That's awesome! So many shorties don't get that kind of attention.

  2. I never brushed my angel cats teeth. Baggy never had a problem and at age 15 Nin had to have 2 teeth removed, so my behaviour was reinforced:)

    1. You're lucky! I do a ton of tooth brushing, and even so, mine still need a ton of dental work from time to time.

  3. I wish I could say that I groom my 3 kitkats more often, but that just doesn't seem to happen. They are all short hairs and they get combed once a week. But about 3 times a week in the morning, I pull out the brush and they get neck and chin combing while I'm getting ready in the morning. It's kinda funny, because they wait by the bathroom door waiting for the special combing session. haha

    1. That is adorable! You should get a photo of that. I'd love to see it!

  4. I groom him about once or twice a week during shedding season.

    1. Shedding season means way more grooming here, too. It's either brushing or vacuuming!

  5. I groom them every weekend. They love it.

    1. I'll bet! That's a lovely way to spend a weekend.

  6. Now if trimming nails could be as easy and fun as combing or brushing my cats. haha

    1. My dogs are demons about nail trims (especially the little one), but my cats are angels. I have no idea why that is, but they all just chill during a nail trim.