Long and open
The semi-longhaired cats also have a beautiful coat, but it does not grow as long as the Persian cat.
In addition to the coat, each long-haired cat breed is characterized by certain characteristics. So the Angora cat is the mother of all longhair cats, the British longhair rather calm in nature, holy Burma very tenderly, the Maine Coon grew very big and the Norwegian forest cat quite rustic in the behaviour. Pretty representatives of its type are also the Ragdoll, the Ragamuffin and the Neva Masquerade.
Your longhaired cat is the most beautiful.
Whether Angora, Burma or Persian – you love her long, silky coat. If only it weren’t so difficult to care for. In this article, you will learn how fur problems occur, what you can do against them and how you can make sure that the fur of your longhaired cat grows densely, becomes and remains wonderfully shiny.
The change of coat in cats
Spring and autumn provide for additional expenditure with long hair cats: Cats then change their fur. The longhaired cat is almost completely given a new “dress” by nature. When the sun picks up its strength outside, it throws off its old winter coat.
This is replaced by a much lighter summer coat, which protects the cat from too intensive UV radiation and also from too much heat. The winter coat, on the other hand, protects against unpleasant wetness and cold with its dense, insulating undercoat.
The hair of the cat occupies its proud owners one way or the other. Because unfortunately, they are hairy! Daily. Immovably. On the one hand, the cat takes care of this through its intensive, self-propelled coat care.
And on the other hand, the hair also says goodbye by itself after a certain cycle: There is the so-called anagen phase, which produces the new hair roots.
This is followed by the catagenic phase, the transitional stage. Then the hair stops growing completely. This is the telogen – the resting phase.
The hair is now fully grown, but still firmly anchored. It falls out in the exogenous phase. After all, 12 to 24 per cent of the total body weight of a long-haired cat is its coat!
Cats, which live exclusively in the house, can hair particularly strongly. This is because the temperature in the house is usually always the same, which means that the cat does not have to adjust to cold or heat.
And the days are always about the same, the interior lighting ensures that. Some cats adjust to this artificial environment with a perpetual loss of coat and unfortunately, longhaired cats tend to it. In spring this phenomenon is even more pronounced.
House tigers with long fur are enchantingly beautiful, but their care is without a doubt more labour-intensive than that of shorthaired cats. Brush once a day from the beginning – you owe that to your longhaired cat!