Cats are adorable in general, making them irresistible. You just can’t help but rub your hand against their fur or pet them down. But Persian cats are completely different species that you just can’t help but want to hug and cuddle them. Once you do, you would not want to let them go.
If they are not groomed daily and adequately, however, they can smell and look nasty. They’re likely to look and act feral too. Because they are a different variety of cats, grooming them also calls for a different strategy.
How to groom your Persian cat:
Comb through their coat
You may only need to bathe your Persian cat every 2 to 6 weeks, but you need to brush their coat on a daily basis. Put extra attention to the coat behind the ears and under the armpits as they are prone to matting. Use a wide metal comb to ensure a convenient and painless process for you and your cat.
If their coat has already matted, gently separate the mat apart and try to work them skin-side out using the wide metal comb. You can also use powder to make the skin under the mat less tender. This also makes it easier to work with the matted fur. Never bathe a cat while the fur is matted.
Trim their nails
You don’t want your Persian cat to get stuck on different objects around the house or leave scratch marks on the carpet, furniture, or clothing. Long nails also make your cat vulnerable to breaking them, which will cause pain, discomfort, and, in some cases, bleeding. You want your cat purring in pleasure, not in pain. So make sure you trim their nails about every two weeks.
Clean their ears
Cats can have ear infections too. This is why it is recommended that you check your cat’s ears and then clean up any debris or buildup. Make sure to do this once a week and be extra careful. Be on the lookout for signs of ear mites, infections, or foreign objects as well.
Bathe your Persian cat every 2 to 6 weeks
This schedule is ideal for all. But long-haired cats may only need to bathe 4 to 6 weeks. Whichever is the case, make sure to place cotton balls in their ears before you wash their head, Use a shampoo suited for their fur color, and use a conditioner to hydrate the coat, keeping it soft and tangle-free. Using a conditioner can also help moisturize the skin, relieve itching, and make the cut shine.
Do not spray water directly on a cat’s face, but use a wet cloth instead. Make sure to take extra caution when wiping around the eyes and nose. It is highly recommended to use lukewarm water when bathing a Persian cat.
Choose the right shampoo
Not all shampoos for Persian cats are created equal. You must choose a product that matches the fur color. For instance, white or brightening shampoo for white Persian cats, and a darkening shampoo for a black Persian cat.
If you have several Persian cats with different fur colors, you can spare yourself from buying different varieties of shampoo by using a clear or semi-clear shampoo that is specifically designed to work with any coat color.
De-greasing is especially required by a show cat. But this is also one way to get rid of matted fur. Some breeders use Goop on a dry coat or a Dawn dish soap in bath water. Make sure not to strip the coat when de-greasing.
If you accidentally stripped your Persian cat’s coat during the process, you can use warm oil treatment or special medicated shampoo to rectify the damage.
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