It’s hard to oversell the beauty of a long-haired cat, and it’s no wonder long-haired breeds have grown in popularity in recent decades. These gorgeous kitties require some special care to keep their coats lustrous and healthy, but some of them don’t like being brushed. Read on to discover a few tips for making the grooming process as easy and pleasant as possible.
Start Slow and Stay Positive
If you adopted a long-haired kitten, training her to accept grooming is typically easier. However, even older cats can learn to appreciate it. Set aside a few minutes every day for grooming, and work on a specific section instead of trying to do the whole cat. Keep each session short enough that she doesn’t get too stressed out, and try to end each session on a positive note, such as serving her a treat.
Choose the Right Tools
Start with a wide-toothed comb to work through any tangles and remove debris, and then use a wire or bristle brush for finishing. A toothbrush can be used to gently groom sensitive facial hair.
Brush Frequently, Bathe Rarely
Most long-haired cats do best when they’re brushed two or three times a week. Your cat may need additional brushing, depending on her particular coat and ability to groom herself. Keep an eye out for excessive hairballs or frequent tangles, which can be signs that you are not brushing often enough. Most cats only need to be bathed if their coats become sticky or oily.
Know When to Call the Pros
While it’s generally best to groom your cat at home, sometimes a job may be too big. If you can’t brush out mats, call the groomer instead of trying to cut them out. Use your grooming time to inspect your cat for any odd lumps, abrasions or infestations that may be hidden by that long coat, and contact your veterinarian if you find anything unusual. Grooming a cat can be stressful at first, but it’s a great way to build a stronger bond and keep your cat healthy. Learn about other ways to help your cat with grooming.
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