Grooming Persian Cats

Persian cats and kittens boast unique, beautiful coats of fur. But without proper grooming, their hair can become clumped and matted. Following a regular grooming regimen will help keep your Persian’s skin and coat looking and feeling healthy.

 Persians need more grooming than the average cat


While all cats need to be brushed regularly to maintain healthy coats and to reduce hairballs that can cause intestinal blockages, Persian cats need more grooming than the average cat. Their long hair can form knots and tufts easily, and their eyes produce tears constantly. Both must be addressed regularly.

In fact, even though Persian cats and kittens shed primarily in the spring and summer, you should brush them every day, year round.

Groom your Persian cat or kitten properly

By following these tips for grooming your Persian, you will help keep her coat healthy and beautiful while minimizing hairballs.

Brushing:

  • Brush her daily using a cat comb or cat brush to gently remove excess hair, knots and dirt, especially under her neck, near her hind end and legs, and behind her ears, where knots are more common.
  • Keep an eye out for any fleas, wounds or unusual lumps.
  • Never pull out mats of hair, as this can cause pain and potential bald spots. Instead, separate them gently with your fingers or a cat comb. If needed, use a dematting tool.
  • For short-haired Persians, use a ‟toothed glove” to massage her in the opposite direction of hair growth to stimulate the skin while removing some excess hair. Then use a soft brush with natural bristles to gently brush her in the same direction of hair growth.
  • For long-haired Persians, using a large-toothed metal cat comb daily may be ideal. Just be gentle to avoid scratching her skin.
  • Always begin brushing your kitten early in life so she learns to enjoy it.
Bathing:

  • Only bathe your cat according to your vet’s recommendations, using soap formulated especially for a cat’s skin.
  • Use cotton balls to prevent water from getting into her ears.
Eye Cleaning:

  • Using a damp, clean cloth, wipe your Persian’s eyes once or twice a day.
Regular grooming is just one thing you can do to help keep the coat of your beautiful Persian cat or kitten healthy. To learn about a diet formulated to support the breed-specific needs of your Persian cat or kitten, click here.

TIPS TO TAKE AWAY

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Following a regular grooming regimen will help keep your Persian’s skin and coat looking and feeling healthy.
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While all cats need to be brushed regularly to maintain healthy coats and to reduce hairballs that can cause intestinal blockages, Persian cats need more grooming than the average cat.
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Even though Persian cats and kittens shed primarily in the spring and summer, you should brush them every day, year round.