101 Cat Care: Grooming your shorthaired cat It’s best to groom a shorthaired cat around once a week to keep their coats glossy and in good condition Regular handling also allows you to spot any abnormalities you might have missed. Groom your cat in a calm, relaxed environment, and watch out for any signs of nervousness or discomfort from your cat during this session. Start by working a slicker brush down the back and sides of your cat If it allows you, brush its abdomen, too. Be gentle, though, since this is a very sensitive area. Using a metal comb, part the fur to check for fleas, scratches and other injuries. If you’d like, apply a few drops of coat conditioner to enhance the shine of your cat’s coat. If your cat really doesn’t enjoy being brushed, regular stroking can also help in maintaining a healthy, glossy coat. There are benefits for us, too, because stroking a cat has been shown to lower blood pressure and relieve stress.