- February 12, 2016
- Posted by: Gaby
- Category: Persian Cat Articles
The glorious coat of the Persian Cat can be a demanding taskmaster. Neglect it for a few days and the silky smooth fur can turn into a tangled mass of knots. You should keep a vigilant eye and comb their coat often to keep them soft as cotton. It will be worth the effort.
The coat of the Persian cat is unnatural as it does not appear in wild cats. It is beautiful but well nigh impossible to maintain even for the fastidious, self-grooming cat. Make sure you groom your cat a few times per week. If you leave the coat uncombed for long, you risk the formation of mats, which is not only unsightly, but dangerous as the skin under it can get infected. Start grooming your cats when they’re still kittens, to have them get used to the idea. If they are accustomed to the idea early on, they are quite tractable when it is time for grooming. A grooming session should take about fifteen minutes.
A metal comb might look like too simple a grooming implement, but a few deft strokes will protect your cat against mats, snarls, knots and tangles. Start with a wide-toothed comb to loosen large snarls, then proceed to use a fine-toothed comb for the face and the smaller snarls. Do not use nylon combs as they tend to generate static electricity. And while you are at it, don’t forget the hair behind the ears and under the armpits. The hair in these regions is finer and more prone to mats or tangles. The back of the legs and the rump are also more prone to mats.
If you come across a knot, tease it apart gently. Do not pull on it as it will hurt the cat and leave a raw, bare and ugly patch of skin.
Cats with long hair benefit from a bath once a month, and the more frequent it is, the more easily they get used to it. But, brush the coat thoroughly before; otherwise, the knots in the fur will tighten further and become inextricable.
Make sure that the bath is warm. It should be at least 75 degrees for your cat to feel comfortable. Since felines don’t take to water naturally, you need to be both gentle and firm. Speak to them in a soothing tone. Make sure you have all the items you need before you start. You don’t want to be reaching out for the shampoo with one hand while holding down the cat with the other.
Fill a basin with 5 inches of lukewarm water. Place a mat at the bottom to give some traction to your cat. Hold the cat firmly by the neck if it tries to scratch. Wet the coat and lather it with shampoo. Persian cats can get a little greasy, so it is not a bad idea to use a degreaser before you start. But make sure you do it before shampooing.
Once you are done with the washing, towel dry your cat. Groomers tend to blow-dry the coat at a low temperature, but if you are a pet owner, you can let them air-dry in an environment free of drafts.