Grooming: Are Long or Shorthaired Dogs and Cats Better?

We should choose a pet that we can care for properly, including its grooming needs. In the wild, animals develop over time to suit their environment. This is true of cats, and dogs and humans. Body hair is a good example. We lost ours when we started wearing clothes. Animals develop the amount of fur they need to be comfortable in their climate, but it takes a long time for them to adapt to a new one.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Abyssinian Cats have hardly any fur at all because they are from hot, dry climates. Hence, in colder climes they will benefit from jackets in winter when they go outside, or else they could catch a chill. Animal breeders have meddled with evolution through selective breeding in the past . Some dogs and cats have become fashion statements for owners. The results are not always practical.

So Is a Long or Short Haired Pet Fur Better?

From the animal’s perspective, they probably do not know the difference. We have a responsibility to choose cats and dogs that suit our climate. From a grooming perspective there is another dimension. Animals recycle their fur throughout the year. They do a major hair dump in Spring, as they shed their ‘winter woollies’. This can spread hair throughout our home.

Animals groom each other in the wild to get rid of fleas, ticks, and loose hair. In cities, we need to do this for them by grooming them regularly. Grooming sorts annoying tangles, and helps us spot nits, and hopefully not too many fleas. If our pets could speak for us they might say ‘I need a brushing to get rid of my old hair.’

Our Responsibility in Terms of Grooming

Choosing a short haired pet makes things simpler although we ought to still brush them once a week. Our cat or dog may take a while to get used to it, but they will soon welcome a brush with obvious pleasure. Grooming a pet is a wonderful bonding experience. Try it and you will see.

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