When a cat is grooming itself it is also stimulating circulation, improving muscle tone and creating better insulation. The roughness in their tongues are covered in lots of tiny bristles which help them to comb out dirt and loose fur from their coats, much like a hairbrush. Start grooming your cat from an early age so that it becomes a normal part of their routine. It will allow you to build a strong bond and create a shared level of trust between you both. Shorthaired cats should get a brief brush once a week, while longhaired cats will benefit from a brush once a day to avoid matting, knots and excessive fur ball build up.