Tip 1: Identifying the causes of coat problems
Whether Angora, Burma or Persian – you love their long, silky fur. If only it weren’t so difficult to care for. Tufts of hair all over the apartment? The coat of your velvet paw no longer shines and even shows bare patches? Then you have to get to the bottom of it. This could be the reason for the coat problems.
Choice of food or change of food
Cats must be balanced and fed according to their nature. One-sided nutrition, for example exclusively with dry food, can hurt the coat condition.
Sometimes it is helpful to compensate for nutritional deficiencies with the administration of vitamins. In this case, the veterinarian knows for sure whether, for example, the administration of wheat germ, salmon and olive oil or special pastes have a positive effect on the condition of the coat.
When infested by mites and fleas, the cat will naturally scratch itself strongly. In the worst case, it travels its fur out. The infestation must be diagnosed by the veterinarian beyond doubt and appropriate antidotes administered. Also, regular worm cures are a must, fleas can transmit worms.
Stress-related hair loss
New roommates, competition between cats, moving house – the reasons why a cat feels so stressed that its hair runs out more often can be many and varied. In some cases, the use of Bach flowers has proven effective in bringing the cat’s soul back into balance.
Exceptional physical stress
After operations, a fever or even after pregnancy, the longhaired cat can react to such extraordinary strains by losing its coat.
Hormone disorders, metabolic disorders, autoimmune diseases
If all other possibilities for fur problems with longhair cats are excluded, often only a thorough analysis of the blood remains, to determine, from which the cat suffers.
These cat parasites could become dangerous
In addition to fleas, ticks and mites, which the long-haired cat can catch while walking through the garden or in contact with other free-goer cats and which, incidentally, can also transmit diseases, it is the airlines that make a cat with a long coat particularly troublesome.
These are six-legged insects without wings that spread in the coat of cats. Related to lice, they are also small (about one to one and a half millimetres in size and half a millimetre in width). They are light yellow. Cat hairlines do not feed on blood, but on skin scales, glandular secretions and hair. These unpleasant parasites multiply rapidly because the female can lay new eggs in the coat every two to three days.
In winter the risk of infection, which is usually caused by contact with a stray cat, is particularly high, as the immune system is somewhat weaker than in summer.
Cat hairbands cannot resist especially a dense, long coat with knots. Here they feel particularly well and become a real nuisance!
Tip: If your cat shows a shaggy coat, excessive hair loss or even a sore throat over a longer period, you have to get to the bottom of the cause and possibly not shy away from going to the vet!
Tip 2: The right cat food
You are what you eat – this also applies to cats, of course. And good food naturally also provides a beautiful and dense coat! Cats are carnivores, so it is important to make sure when choosing a cat food that contains a high proportion of easily digestible meat.
At least two thirds should be it in any case. The digestive system of our house tigers is adjusted above all to meat and the proteins contained in it.
Meat also contains taurine – an important amino acid that cats cannot produce themselves. The more natural and high-quality the food, the more beautiful the coat of the cat will be. The more exactly the ingredients are described on the food, the better the quality can be judged!
Tip: Ask your veterinarian what you should pay attention to when feeding and which additional means are suitable to do good for the coat.
Tip 3: Get the right moment to groom your coat
If your cat is in a relaxed cuddling mood and you also have enough time for the grooming ritual, the right time has come for the extensive coat care.
It’s great if this can become an integral part of everyday life. Your longhaired cat will thank you in every respect, with her affection and of course a top groomed coat.
It is best to choose a room where no loud, surprising noises can distract you. Then you place the cat in front of you – perhaps on a table (please place a cloth under the animal first).
Now you cuddle a small round before you start with your head and continue brushing towards the tail. Of course never against the line.
Tip: The right place also plays a role in coat care. Create a cuddly oasis and let the cat sniff all the grooming utensils first so that she gains confidence.
Tip 4: How to make fur care a pleasure for your longhaired cat
The tail of your longhaired cat is only brushed, never combed. Otherwise, you run the risk of pulling out the magnificent tail hairs.
Cats are generally not compulsively laid on their backs. Place them either on the table or treat the belly from below. Another possibility: You take your cat in your arms, hold her front paws and comb them with your free hand.
The more trust your pet has in you, the easier it will be to take care of its long coat. Reward her with a favourite treat afterwards and she will quickly remember that her silence leads to a reward.
But it’s worth the effort because the daily ritual of grooming also ensures an even closer relationship between you and your darling!
Tip: Cats are also creatures of habit and will enjoy the daily coat care ritual with you. So try to reserve the same time every day for the coat care of your longhaired cat. Also, every second day is better than an irregular and too rare coat care.
Tip 5: Regular coat care is mandatory
Because the rarer you do the coat care with longhair cats, the more difficult it becomes from time to time and the longer the procedure goes. Even real fur plates and fur knots can form, which lie close to the skin.
These can even cause permanent damage to sensitive skin. Itchy eczema or even open skin can become inflamed and adversely affect the animal’s health.