Tip 6: Getting cats used to brushing – the sooner the better
It is important to consider the individual nature of your cat. Never force her to do something she doesn’t want! This applies of course too young and older animals.
Dealing with cats teaches patience! About fifteen minutes should already be planned for the daily coat care – but it is also possible every second day if the time is not available.
But less often always means, in the end, more trouble, because the hair simply felt very fast with long hair cats.
Tip: If the cat is still young, one can get it wonderfully accustomed to the daily spoiling program, in which one introduces it first of all playfully to the care measures.
Tip 7: The right grooming tool for the cat
A special brush for successful grooming of your cuddly toy is recommended – even if it is slightly more expensive to buy. In particular, so-called plucking brushes are suitable because they can be removed much easier with her old, dead undercoat and loose hair.
As with human hair, brushes made of natural bristles (for example wild boar bristles ) are the method of choice if you want a particularly shiny coat.
Tip: First prepare all utensils (brush, comb, wet wipes, moistened tissues, powder, etc.) The easiest way is to create a cat care basket with all the care utensils.
Recommended: a metal comb with wide, rounded prongs. Also, a plastic brush with nubs for massage can be well received by the longhair cat. Inquire: For each coat length, there is also the right grooming tool.
Tip 8: Care products for the cat’s coat
Behind the ears, under the armpits, on the inside of the legs and around the buttocks, the cat is, of course, as sensitive as we humans are. It is recommended to pretreat these areas with some powder or care foam.
In the trade, there are also special Entfilzungssprays for particularly persistent matted places. Spraying, gently plucking and then combing out is the right technique here.
There are also oils for the care of long-haired fur of cats.
Tip: For all products, high-quality and natural products should be preferred. Cats can be allergic to synthetic products, they are also extremely odour-sensitive and what we like to smell, maybe extremely repugnant for a cat.
Tip 9: Bathing a cat? Only if inevitable
Our house cats are rather shy of home, even if there are always exceptions. Everyone knows their own cat best and will be able to estimate how much or how little they enjoy a bath.
The whole body washes with – please a special cat shampoo – should be the ultimate last resort of choice, for example, if the longhair cat suffering from diarrhoea, come in contact with a toxic substance or otherwise somehow completely contaminated.
Because bathing stresses the animal and frequent washing can lead to skin problems. Alternatively, you can carefully clean individual encrusted or matted areas with lukewarm water and with moist (unperfumed) wipes, the ears can be cleaned carefully.
Encrustations in the corners of the eyes, which may particularly affect the elderly and Persian cats, are best removed with moistened paper tissues.
Tip: Neither shorthair cats nor longhair cats usually like a bath (of course there are exceptions). That means a cat bath is only an option if your longhair cat is heavily contaminated for some reason. Consider here first, possibly use a rounded pair of scissors.
Tip 10: Shorten the long coat
If you can not help it, you’ll have to cut a knot once, either with a special de-enticing knife or with scissors (definitely with rounded corners).
Please be very careful here, as a cat rarely stops completely. Push a comb between skin and knots before you start snipping – then nothing should go wrong.
Tip: In addition to brushing, you should continue to trim the long hair around the buttocks. For in this area like to leave some scraps of leftovers and that is very uncomfortable for all involved!
Tip 11: If all else fails, only the complete shearing of the cat’s coat will help
If the fur is completely matted and damaged, only the veterinarian and a light anaesthetic can help. Shearing the cat without anaesthesia is not possible because it would simply – unlike a dog – never hold so long and thus the risk of injury would be too large.
The whole procedure is neither nice for the cat nor the owner because on the one hand every anaesthetic is a burden and on the other hand it takes a bit until the coat of a longhair cat has regrown accordingly.
The shearing stimulates the hair growth of your longhair cat. Regular brushing is now more important than ever.