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The right fur care for long-haired cats


Grooming is an absolute must for long-haired cats - no matter which breed. You too, as a mistress or master, should definitely take part, because velvet paws with a particularly long mane cannot usually take care of their fur. So that your ball of fur is completely satisfied, you should note a few important things. Image: Shutterstock / Andreas Gradin

If cats have not had a bad experience with human brushing, they definitely enjoy this external fur care. Get your cat used to regular grooming as early as possible. So you can strengthen the bond with your pet enormously, make an important contribution to the health of your pet and find even less hair on the furniture.

The right technique for grooming long-haired cats

The following applies to long-haired cats: the fur should be brushed once a day. You should definitely take this time to save yourself and your room tiger matted fur and other health problems. Brushing is always done with the grain - cats find everything else uncomfortable. Do not pull too hard and hold the fur a little with the other hand so that it does not pull. Rather, brush for a shorter time and once more instead of stressing your salon lions.

Select the right tool

For long-haired cats in particular, you should get a special brush for grooming. For this you usually have to dig a little deeper into your pocket, but it is worth buying. So-called plucking brushes are particularly suitable because they reliably remove dead hair and loose undercoat.

To add the finishing touch to the fur of your velvet paw, you can use brushes with boar bristles. They give the hair a special shine. If you want to do something good for your room tiger in addition to grooming, use a pimpled glove - your cat will love the massage.

Under no circumstances should you use a normal plastic comb. It can charge electrically while combing and give both you and the cat an uncomfortable blow. The grooming tools in the pet shop are always shown for the right fur length (short, medium, long).

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Shearing is an emergency solution

If the fur is matted too badly, sometimes only a shearing helps. Since the skin and felt plates are sometimes difficult to distinguish, you should have this procedure done by the veterinarian. The broken fur is removed under a light anesthetic. Even if the coat is now unproblematically short, you should start directly with the coat care routine. This way, you can gently get your darling used to daily grooming and prevent the fur from becoming matted - this is not only uncomfortable for the cat, but can also lead to painful skin problems.

A shear also stimulates the hair growth of your longhair cat, so regular brushing afterwards is more important than ever!

However, there is one area where the hair can be trimmed a bit: around the bottom. This reduces the risk that faecal remains stick to the fur.

Bathing as part of grooming?

Some pedigree cats are accustomed to bathing from an early age and there are a number of grooming shampoos that are designed to make the fur look nicer and less hair on the sofa. Nevertheless, the water-shy animals do not belong in the tub! Constant bathing means stress and can lead to skin problems. You should only wash your darling in an absolute emergency, such as when toxic substances have got into your fur. Under no circumstances do animals with matted fur belong in the water.