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Caring for a Persian Cat's Coat

 
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: January 19, 2017
Caring for a Persian Cat's Coat

Animal file: Persian Cat

Persian cats are known for their long, thick fur, as well as for their characteristic face; in fact, the type and color of their fur is usually what's used to classify this breed into types. Of course, their type of coat needs more meticulous and specialized care than the fur of other cat breeds.

Here at AnimalWised we will provide you with some grooming guidelines so that your Persian cat always looks beautiful, clean and stylish. Take a look at our tips on caring for a Persian cat's coat. Read on and learn about our ideas:

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Daily care for a Persian cat's coat

All cats require you to care for them daily. It is your responsibility to provide your pet with food and water every day, as well as keeping its litter box clean. Believe it or not, the benefits of a good quality, healthy diet will directly impact your animal's coat.

When it comes to the Persian cat, there yet another daily obligation: Brushing.

This is not so easy as the grooming routine of other cats, as it requires care and the suitable equipment and tools. Read on to learn about the guidelines we recommend below.

Caring for a Persian Cat's Coat - Daily care for a Persian cat's coat

Grooming a Persian cat: Starting the routine

As you can see in our article on brushes for long-haired cats, there are many different specialized tools and materials for styling cats out there. In order to brush and comb your Persian cat properly you will use combs, normal brushes and detangling brushes.

Remember to use a towel whenever you're brushing a long-haired cat to avoid getting dead hair all over the floor.

First of all use a comb, preferably plastic, with blunt and separated teeth. This tool will allow you to guide the direction of the fur and detect any knots in your Persian cat's coat.

Caring for a Persian Cat's Coat - Grooming a Persian cat: Starting the routine

Flat brush

After having done the first quick comb, removing any knots that had been detected with the comb's fine teeth, start brushing your Persian cat's coat with a flat brush.

The bristles should be separate,long, stiff and have little balls protecting the tips. This way you won't cause any wounds to your feline's dermis. This brushing round should be more thorough than the previous one.

Caring for a Persian Cat's Coat - Flat brush

Long brush

Alternate the first, flat brush with a brush with longer bristles, thicker and more gentle. This is an ideal tool to remove dust and debris from sticky food, especially around your gluttonous cat's chubby chin.

Using both brushes, you will be able to thoroughly brush and comb all of your happy, purring friend's coat.

Caring for a Persian Cat's Coat - Long brush

Metal comb

A metallic comb is a somewhat dangerous tool for your pet if not used properly. If handled with care, however, you can provide your Persian cat's coat with a glorious finish.

Never touch your cat's dermis with the tough metal tips. Instead, focus on the tips of the hairs in order to aerate and fluff up your cat's coat.

Combine long strokes with short strokes, with and against the grain of the fur. This will separate out each hair and create a static charge, which is very uncomfortable for mites and causes them to flee from your cat's fur.

Caring for a Persian Cat's Coat - Metal comb

Time and special tools

If you follow these instructions as a daily grooming routine for your Persian, you will not need to comb and brush its coat for more than ten minutes. Ample time to make your Persian cat look like a Hollywood actor!

During spring and summer, you will have to make sure that your cat doesn't contract fleas or other parasites. There are very thick combs for this purpose that can be found in pet shops, although they should only be used for the purpose of deworming.

If your Persian cat gets excessively dirty, you can wash its coat with dry shampoo to clean it without it scratching you with its claws. You can use baby wipes for easier stains and spots. Here you can learn more about bathing a Persian cat.

Especially for cats with white coats, you should be aware of a very useful product that removes coffee-colored tear stains, which sometimes mark their face. It is basically an antioxidant that gradually removes the trail of the stain.

Caring for a Persian Cat's Coat - Time and special tools

Foods to enhance your Persian cat's coat

Of course, caring for a Persian cat's coat is not limited to brushing and using feline styling products. Some foods have nutrients that can improve the quality and appearance of Persian cats' fur.

  • The fatty oils omega 3 and omega 6 are especially beneficial for your cat's body and coat. Search for feed and wet food cans that contain these two oils.
  • Offering your Persian cat some salmon and tuna once a week will also result in a shiny and healthy coat. Moreover, fish also has a high protein content. Clean it properly, removing any bones or innards. It is preferable to offer it raw.
  • Other options could be sardines in oil or eggs.
Caring for a Persian Cat's Coat - Foods to enhance your Persian cat's coat

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