Are you wondering about Persian cat grooming tools or products? Do you want your kitty to be a beautiful showcase in your home, not a hairball-ridden lump of dreadlocks?
Of course, you love your animal and want to take the best possible care of them. When it comes to Persian cats, though, that?s easier said than done. With all that hair, it?s hard to know which tasks to take on and which to leave to your animal. Here?s are six tips for maintaining your cat?s hygiene and helping them look as lovely as possible.
Persian Cat Grooming Tips To Keep Your Fur Baby Healthy
1. Trim Nails and Clean Ears
Nails and ears are two of the most common sources of injury and infection in cats, especially long-haired breeds where fur often hides these areas. When you trim cat nails, you make it easier for them to navigate without getting their claws stuck, and make it less likely that they will snag their nails on something and rip or break them.
Likewise, when you clean their ears, you remove potentially harmful buildup that can lead to ear infections or discomfort. You also make a regular habit of checking for mites, foreign objects or bacterial infections, which reduces the chances of such issues going from ?problem? to ?nightmare scenario.?
2. Brush and Comb Your Cat
Your cat is great at cleaning their fur, and their sharp hooked tongues can even do a good bit of brushing. However, it?s not enough on its own. Your cat?s fur will need to be brushed regularly if you want to avoid the matted buildup that comes with long hair. Start at the base of the fur and comb outward to the tip. Note, though, that if you use a brush only, you?ll likely miss some of the tangles. So first brush your cat all over, then make another pass with a wide-toothed comb to catch any additional knots.
3. Bathe Regularly
Wondering how often should you bathe a Persian cat? The answer is: frequently. Long-haired cats are bred; while long hair was probably a natural mutation arising in the ancient Mesopotamian civilization. The mutation was then selected by humans and replicated through breeding. In the wild, long hair most likely would have died out, because it makes cats less equipped to keep themselves clean.
That said, it?s a good idea to bathe your cat every 4 to 6 weeks. This will keep their coat shiny and their skin clean, and reduce buildup and itching that can become major problems. Be careful not to spray water into the cat?s face, but rather to use a gentle rag around the eyes, nose, and mouth.
4. Remove Mats Before Washing
While you might think it?s a good idea to wash and then brush hair (which is what we humans often do with our own hair), that?s not a good idea. Matted fur will only tighten and become more snarled with a washing, so always brush out a matted coat before bathing.
5. Use Shampoo and Conditioner
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You should use both shampoo and conditioner on your cat. While shampoo cleans your cat?s fur and skin of impurities, grease, and buildup, the conditioner seals the cuticle and protects fur. However, it?s very important you use a?shampoo specifically formulated for cats. Shampoo for humans is made for skin of a different pH level and can damage more sensitive kitty skin. Note that some animal grooming products are safe for dogs, but not cats.
6. Know When to See a Groomer
Some tasks just shouldn?t be performed either by you or the cat. That includes trimming hair, which is often necessary for cats, especially when they haven?t been groomed in a while. In addition, you might want a groomer?s help for clipping nails, cleaning eyes and ears and brushing as well.
The good news is, at the end of the day, taking care of your Persian cat is simply a matter of starting the right routine. Once you figure out which grooming tasks to leave to the kitty, do yourself or delegate to a groomer, the prospect will become much easier because you?ll never have to wonder where to turn for proper grooming. So get going on that routine, and you and your kitty will have many happy, furry years ahead!
Have you tried these?Persian cat grooming tips? Let us know if it helped you and your cat.