Advanced Pet First Aid Level 3 (VTQ)

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We are moving on from the kittens to now dealing with adult cats. With this entire male Bengal, he is just over a year old. He takes a little bit of grooming, but with him having a short coat, literally, just every day stroking him grooms him. Quite different from, say, your long-haired Persians, who would require a lot more combing through to keep their coats from getting matted. He takes very little maintenance that way, but it is still important to keep him in good condition.

It is always, the shorter hair, much easier. And you can use these gloves, cannot you, when you are stroking him? But make sure there is no dirt on them. But with going back on to the other cats with the more long hair, what conditions or problems would you have there? Because the fur does mat up a fair bit.

You have to keep on top of the grooming if you were going to commit to having a long-haired cat. The coat can mat quite badly. In extreme cases, if it is matted badly, you would have to take it to the vet, and the cat would have to have its mats shaved off. Depending on how much time you would have, you have to weigh up your pros and cons, if you have got time to look after a long-haired cat, and if you think you have not got time, because, really, they would need a groom every day. Whereas this chap, literally, bringing him in and giving him a stroke, is just bringing any dead hair off him now, so he would need very little maintenance that way.

Well, you have spoken about claws and we have shown that with the kittens. With the older cats, it is the same, to keep on the claws, or would they naturally wear them down?

With our cats, we show them, and they do not go out. So, we do clip their claws. They have their regular spot-on treatments, and we make sure their ears are kept clean, and just generally keep him in tip-top condition.

Some people take their cats on holiday with them. We hear quite a lot of this, where people are taking their cats in caravans and things like this, coping very well. And they take them out for walks on a harness. Does this work?

You could not just put the harness on an adult cat and expect it just to trot along. But if you are wanting to take your cat out, Bengals, in particular, are very, a bit dog-like in that respect. You can put a harness on them, but if you start when they finish their course of vaccinations as a kitten, say, at 13 weeks, put a harness on, and just let them trot around with it on, so they get used to it. And then once they are used to it, you can attach a lead, and take them out. They love going out and about on a harness.

I was in a pet store with my daughter and there are lots of different types out there. But it seems to be the certain sizes, so it is probably important to make sure you get the right harness for your particular size cat.

Yeah, and you do need to make sure that it is for a cat because it is slightly different in design than a dog harness. As cats, they can be quite nimble at wriggling out of them, if they are not fitted properly. The last thing you want to do is go out with your prized Bengal on a harness, and it wriggles out of it, and run away.

We looked at dog ones to start with, just from that, saw little harnesses and assumed that is a cat. But then I was in the cat section, there were particular harnesses for cats and quite a choice of different types.

Yes, there are. The ones with the clip fastenings are ideal, because when you are actually putting them on, you have to put the neck one round, and clip it on, and then move around to the body one, and cats can be quite quick. If you were trying to do it with a buckle, it is very difficult, before they have wriggled out of the harness. They are better with the clip ones, which are instantly done up or undone.

And if there is any distress with the animal at any point in time, when you are training it, then just take off, and start again, and just get them started used to it then.

Yeah, basically, just let them run around the house with it on and get used to it, so it is not an issue at all. When you first put it on... They adapt very quickly. The Bengals, in particular, adapt very quickly to having the harness on. And when they are that young, it is just another new thing that they take on-board. And literally, we had one kitten who had the harness on for a couple of days, and then he was out trotting around the garden on it, as happy as anything. And this lad goes out on his harness, as well, for exercise.