Short haired cats require very little grooming. Cats love to groom themselves and will spend most of their day happily sitting in a sunny place while licking and pawing at themselves or each other to maintain a shiny, healthy coat. It is a good idea to regularly brush your cat to avoid them acquiring intestinal hairballs from swallowing to much dead coat. A hairball specific food can be fed to cats who get regular hairballs as this will help the cat pass hairballs naturally. If you plan on bathing your cat yourself, it is a good idea to start bathing cats as kittens so they develop a liking to water. Long haired cats will benefit greatly from professional clipping during the summer and regular baths and brushing.