Long Hair Cat Care: How To Take Care Of Furry Cats

Cats love their coats, and they lick themselves clean as often as they can, but as pet lovers, we still have huge roles to play when it comes to our pets. Cats sometimes need some additional assistance for long hair cat care from their owners. Brushing, washing, and inspecting your cats regularly will decrease fur balls and keep their skin and hair complete healthy, bright, and free of tangles.

Although short-haired cats have the same issue as long-haired cats, long-haired cats are especially prone to fur balls. Therefore, limiting the quantity of hair that they may swallow by brushing them regularly. 

Another prevalent issue with long-haired cats is the knots in their hair that get twisted.

If you are a first-time cat owner, don’t worry; this article will put you through. Taking proper care of your cat is pretty easy and fun; although there are times when we are exhausted from the hard work we put in to make a great cat lover.


5 Tips for Long Hair Cat Care 

Below are some of the tips you need to take care of your furry cats and maintain a healthy relationship with your feline.

1. Groom your cats and make them love it 

Because your cats require occasional care, make sure cats are used to it and enjoy it. Start gently, be patient, and make sure the experience is enjoyable for them. Do grooming only when your cat is in an excellent mood and comfortable for the best time, is after exercise or feeding. Make sure you're also at ease. 

Try not to hold your cats when you're strained or in a poor mood, or combining grooming with fear or aggression. Until you get into a routine, leave your first sessions short for like 10 to 15 minutes. Pet your cat to get used to the attention, pet his head, ears, tail, legs, and stomach.

2. Feed your cats with the right food 

Healthy diet will lead to lovely thick fur of your cats. Kitties are carnivores, so it should have a large percentage of readily digestible meat for your cat food. Make sure it should be a two-thirds proportion at least. Our cats' digestive system is mainly meat-oriented, and the protein it includes. Meat also contains taurine, a significant amino acid that cannot be produced by cats themselves. If cats have a high quality, natural diet, it reflects on their fur. If the package contains the ingredients list, you have a better opportunity to judge the quality of the food.

3. Brush your short hair cats once every week 

Short-haired types such as Bengals, American Shorthairs, and Abyssinians have few hairs and need less attention. Once a week you can brush their coat, or maybe even less. First, bring a metal comb and operate from head to tail through the fur of your cat. 

Dirt and other debris will be dislodged. Make sure you brush the hair of a short-haired cat along with the lying. In other words, go rather than against the grain of the fur. Brush the entire body portion of the cat, concentrating on one region at a time to ease any tangles. 

On the stomach and chest, cats tend to be sensitive. While brushing there, be mild. To extract loose or dead hair, use a bristle or rubber brush next.

This routine prevents fleas and ticks from invading your home; also helps you check the fur of your cat if it has fleas or ticks. However, if you notice your cat is constantly scratching or gnawing, it could be fleas. Call pest control for fleas when you notice such, and you keep seeing ticks jumping all over your carpet, your cat’s bed or even your cat’s fur.

4. Give them a nice bath 

By nature, our domestic cats are somewhat scared of water, although frequent exceptions to the rule may occur. Everybody knows their own pet and will be prepared to assess how much or how little it will appreciate being placed in the bath. 

Pretty much a complete body wash and kindly use a specific cat shampoo should be the very last resort in severe need, for instance, if your lengthy haired cat has diarrhoea, has come into touch with a poisonous material or has been badly dirtied for some other purpose. 

This is because cats experience stress in baths, and frequent cleaning can contribute to skin issues. Optionally, with lukewarm water, you can thoroughly wash caked or matted regions. Cleaning cloths can also be used to clean the inside of the cat's ears with caution, preferably unscented ones. 

In older cats and Persians, encrustations in the eye corners can happen to. However, with a little moistened kitchen towel, these can be well separated. Also, talk to your vet about it, especially when you notice your cat’s discomfort. Please, do not use off the counter medications on your cat(s) without consulting with your local vet.

5. Long hair cats brushing routine 

Taking care of the fur of a long-haired cat begins with regularly grooming their hair, usually once a day, or even twice a day during the moulting season. To ensure that your cat follows this routine willingly, it is better to get them to start young. 

Otherwise, a lot of patience and determination will be needed! Take stuff gently and get prepared a treat as a prize for your cat. 

You will also need the right things to use. It is best you use a relatively wide-toothed comb (prevent static plastic combs) and start with the tail, paws and body before touching the head of your cat. 

Remember to operate first in the direction of hair growth, ending in the reverse direction to get rid of any knots and fluff up your cat's coat. Brush them gently so as not to hurt them.

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The above list will definitely set you on the right track for long hair cat care. Are you already a cat owner, do you have other tips you would love to share with cat lovers? Kindly use the comment section to share your ideas with us.

Luna Tran

My name is Luna and I am a great cat lover and a cat owner of three lovely cats. I have owned many cats till now and have dedicated many years to nurturing and caring cats. Through this blog, I am here to share my knowledge and experience about cats.