Persian Coat Care
Persian Kitten/Cat Coat Care
How to keep a Persian cat’s coat in tip-top condition, everything from bathing to their diet. Grooming your Persian cat doesn’t have to be a chore, it is simply a labor of love.
Several questions have come up recently regarding kitten/adult Persian coats and problems that may arise. We thought that this would be a perfect time to shed some light on these issues to better inform our past, current, and potential clients.
Humidity, temperature, and the time of year can have a major effect on your kitten’s coat. As you know all animals with fur/hair “molt” especially in the springtime as they are shedding their plush winter coats that have helped protect them and keep them warm during those blistering cold months. Even if you live in a southern state where the winters are quite as harsh as they are here in the heartland, your kitten or adult Persian will shed. This is a natural occurrence. If you only groom your fur-baby once a year, this is the absolute best time. However, we obviously suggest you have them groomed more 🙂 Brushing should be done daily.
During the summer months is when customers show the most concern about their baby’s coat. For those wondering “Why?” their kitten’s coat doesn’t look as luscious and plush as it once did here is the scoop:
As stated above, during spring and summer your kitten sheds the most. Add to this the heat and humidity which can dry out the coat. Then take into consideration the age of your kitten. He/she is still growing and hasn’t had the time to grow a full luxury coat. Much like humans, each coat is going to be different. It might have a different luster, texture, feel. Some might have sleek and silky coats, others have shorter fluffy coats. Keeping your home cooler and using a moisturizing shampoo or conditioner is going to help combat this. On the flip side, winter presents a different set of issues. Coats are at their fullest and longest. Tangles and mats can be a battle. Anti-tangle sprays or conditioners are helpful as well as professional grooming tools.
On spa days we always take into account each cat/kitten’s coat condition. As licensed groomers with 30 years of experience, we are quick to spot and understand any coat issues a feline may have. Some may have dandruff (typically blacks and chocolates), others may have a coarser coat texture, or perhaps an oily coat. The market is flooding and overflowing with grooming products, and Lord knows we have tried them ALL! There are a handful of products that we LOVE and trust. While we don’t want to give away our secrets we can tell you there is a product out there for everything!
“What else can I do to make sure my Persian’s coat is healthy and in top notch condition”
- Feeding a high-quality diet! We seriously cannot stress how important this is
- Groom your Persian regularly! Combing/Brushing daily. Bathing as needed. If you are uncomfortable washing your feline yourself, please find a local certified cat groomer. Larger cities also offer a mobile grooming service where the profession will come to your home. We find this is the very best option if available.
- Keep your home clean and use air cleaners. The less dust in the air the less grim your kitty will pick up on his/her coat.
- Keep your air conditioning on in the summer and heat set appropriately in the winter.
Properly groomed Persians make for happier, healthy felines. Persian’s can have hair reaching over 4 inches long and can be prone to mats and tangles. Neglect to maintain a healthy coat will result in excessive hair-balls. A few of our favorite grooming tools are pictured below.
Persian Cat Comb
Mats & Tangles
Mats are tufts of fur that have become severely tangled forming a clump which will block the skin and cause irritation or even infection. Preventing them in the first place is one of the goals of basic daily grooming and care. Despite this, the occasional mat may still form. You can use your fingers or gently with a comb tease apart the matted section starting at the ends of the hair and work your way towards the skin.
If the mat is too severe cutting it is always an option, but will leave a bald section. Please be careful when using scissors so you don’t accidentally injure your fur-baby. It’s best to make sure he or she is in a relaxed state and use small round-tipped scissors.