Oh, the joys of living with a cat! 5a.m. wakeup calls, furniture and drapes destroyed daily, incessant demands for your attention whenever you’re not being actively ignored, and, of course, cat hair everywhere.
For some unknown reason, we still love these creatures. They’re certainly less labor-intensive to keep than dogs, and they take care of themselves as much as possible.
Do Cats Really Self-Groom?
We’ve already talked about the self-cleaning litter box and how they like it. Now we’d like to mention a grooming station that your kitten can use by herself.
Not that you will see your cat blow drying and styling any fur, but cats do enjoy rubbing themselves on people and objects – not only to show affection but also because it feels good to them. With its rigid plastic “fingers”, this device helps them to scratch their itches while also collecting loose hair, which can easily be removed later.
A small bag of catnip is included with the groomer, which has a special compartment for it. The idea is probably to use the scent to get cats used to rubbing against it initially, but it seems like the combination of catnip and the tactile sensation is important. In any case, some cats seem indifferent to the herb, others like it, and a few go totally berserk as soon as they smell it; you’ll probably know which describes your kitty best.
You can mount this product either flat to a wall or bent around a corner or doorjamb. The included adhesive strips are basically useless, not being strong enough to stay put if your cat likes to rub herself hard against the groomer, and leaving behind a residue when you try to peel them off. You could use any kind of double-sided tape instead, but mounting the groomer with screws is probably best.
Whether your cat will love this thing or ignore it totally depends on their personality; either is totally possible. At this price, though, it’s worth giving it a shot, especially if yours is a long-haired breed that likes to shed everywhere.