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How To Groom A Persian Cat

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Persian cats are one of the most elegant cats there is, their beautiful long fur makes them look so graceful and royal. However, long fur does come with a few problems, maintenance specifically.

Long fur requires a lot of upkeep, and it is no easy feat. So, if you want to learn more, you are in the right place. Going to a groomer is great, but getting a cat into a carrier is hard enough as it is!

Angela Bronan from WalkiesAndWhiskers.com writes: that it is important to ensure the health of your pet’s coat, dog, or cat, and learning about their fur is the first step; check out what she has to say about different breeds of cats and dogs’ fur care!

For now, let’s focus on Persian cats, though. These fluffy felines need our utmost attention.

Firstly, Prevent Any Matting

Persian cats do have a variety of areas where their fur is prone to get matted. Their ‘armpits’ and behind their ears are the most sensitive areas. Without matting prevention, they could get irritation and even infection.

It would be best if you were brushing through their whole coat to ensure there is no matting, do so on a regular basis.

Bathing (Yes, Bathe A Cat)

The idea of bathing a cat might seem insane, and in a sense, it may be. However, Persian cat fur locks in a lot of dirt, and so they need bathing more than your average cat.

You should wash them every 2 to 6 weeks, and doing so is a very important part of tending to Persian cats. In removing the mats and wetting the coat, your next step is to clean it with a very gentle and moisturizing shampoo that will match or restore your cat’s hair color.

Prevent Grease

We usually only think of our hair as being hair that can get greasy, but Persian cats are also very likely to get greasy too, thanks to their thick coats, which pick up dirt and matte all too easily.

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Treating greasy fur is part of ensuring your cat’s coat stays luscious. Dust your cat over with a feline powder every now and again to help their grooming session along and soften their fur.

Tear Stain Elimination

Persian cats have a facial structure that is prone to bacteria building up and causing ‘tear stains. You need to pay very close attention to your cat’s eye health as it can help them to manage their bacteria build-up and prevent discoloration as you apply a topical treatment. Note that if your kitty cat has an abundance of crusty debris along with any staining, you should wash their face.

Use a facial cleaner to do so. Then you want to clean them with a tear stain solution, with a product that contains natural antibacterials, which treats the cause. It would be best if you also used gentle applicator pads, something that will not irritate the area and will gently exfoliate.

Finally, you want to use a tear stain powder, which will repel and absorb tears before it soaks up into the cat’s fur. It is also worthwhile investing in a small brush for your cat’s comfort and easy application for things such as tear stain powder.

While you do not have to use one, it can help. With Persians, tear stains are much more of a problem than you might think.

Getting Rid Of That Under Coat

With any extremely furry friend in your home, one of the main things you need to do is limit shedding; otherwise, everything in your home will end up extremely furry too. However, at the same time, you need to maintain a healthy coat for them.

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Persians have the most fur of any cat, so you absolutely have to remove their undercoat. It would be best if you did this by using a slick brush with high-grade steel pins on it. It may sound harsh, but you need this to penetrate the fur deep enough to remove the undercoat without doing any damage.

It would be best if you brushed the coat as deep as you can until the undercoat has come out from the rest of the fur.

‘Litter Box Space’

Persians have long and thick coats, even around their rectum. So, you will need to trim this area with scissors, so that their feces do not contact their fur at all. Also, trimming their backside and ensuring this area stays sanitary will ensure a very high quality of life.

So you need to cut fur away from their rear, so litter box use is easier.

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