Persians have a striking appearance with their gorgeous long fur. This unique appearance has made them quite popular amongst cat fanciers, but many newbie cat owners also eye these luxurious felines. But before you run out and bring a Persian home with you today, consider whether you can meet their higher-than-average grooming needs. But here are some things you can do to help keep your Persian’s coat soft and fluffy.
The 6 Tips for Persian Cat Grooming
1. Comb Daily & Be Strategic About Where You Comb
Persians are known for getting matted fur in several key places on their bodies, namely around the armpits, behind the ears, and the rump area. If matting isn’t prevented in the first place, the cat may suffer from irritation or infection from the building mats in the fur.
Brushing the entire coat is critical to your Persian’s well-being. We recommend using a wide-toothed metal comb for your cat’s comfort. A good slicker brush can help with de-matting and de-shedding the coat, keeping your cat clean and your home.
2. Bathe the Cat Monthly to Cut Through Dirt Trapped in the Coat
Many long-haired cats suffer from having a coat that traps dirt. Bathing your cat every two to six weeks can help maintain a soft and silky coat—and a clean one to boot!
To bathe your cat, we recommend first removing any mats in the coat, then wetting the coat and scrubbing it gently with your fingers using a gentle shampoo formulated for cats. You must choose a shampoo designed to be used on cats, as many of the compounds found in dog shampoos are deadly toxins for cats.
3. Use Baby Powder to Eliminate Grease
Persians’ coats can get quite greasy because they’re so thick and pick up dirt and mat easily. Dust your cat with some baby powder to help remove grease from the fur. This also helps keep your cat’s fur soft and smooth.
4. Treat Tear Stains
Persians are highly susceptible to tear stains because of their flat faces. Clearing up the eyes is a vital part of Persian cat ownership. Gently wash your cat’s face with a facial cleanser designed for animals, then apply a tear stain solution to any discolored fur to reduce the staining of the fur.
5. Consider Trimming the Rump
You don’t want your cat’s fur touching their feces while they poop. That’s just gross. Trimming or buzzing the area around the anus can help your cat feel more comfortable in the commode. Doing so will improve your cat’s cleanliness and reduce the work you must do when you brush them.
6. Consider Employing a Professional Groomer
If you don’t feel comfortable bathing your cat, you can always take them to a professional pet groomer once a month to ensure their coat stays healthy and shiny. There’s a common misconception that pet grooming is only for dogs, but long-haired cats benefit too! Don’t worry; a veteran pet groomer has seen and bathed everyone, even cats.
These tips should be all you need to get started with easily grooming your Persian. Of course, if you’re nervous about it, you can always take your cat to a pet groomer to get their monthly trim and bath. Nevertheless, you’re well on your way to becoming a seasoned Persian owner!
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