American Bobtail Cat care: breed hygiene and grooming


How to best take care of the American Bobtail? Here are the tips for cleaning and brushing the coat, as well as much more.

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The care of the American Bobtail is a fundamental operation to make sure that our cat is always beautiful and charming, but also in full health. Are you looking for information on coat hygiene, nail care and ear hygiene? Let’s see together everything there is to know about it.


Hair care of the American Bobtail

To properly care for your American Bobtail, brushing its coat is essential.

How often to do this, which tool to choose and how to proceed? First of all, it is good to know that there are two variants of this breed: the Shorthair and the Longhair.

In both cases, the coat care of the American Bobtail is undemanding, as the specimens of this breed tend to shed a small amount of hair.

For this, it will be sufficient to brush it once a week, increasing the frequency to 2-3 times every 7 days during the moulting period.

Which brush to use, of course, depends on the length of the cat’s coat. If its coat is short, it is good to prefer a tool with soft and not excessively long bristles.

If your American Bobtail is Longhair, however, the best advice is to choose a double bristle brush.

In this way, you will be able to untangle any knots, avoiding the formation of hairballs, and to polish the coat of the cat, removing dirt and dust.

If we want to make the cat’s fur shiny and soft, we cannot ignore the role played by the nutrients assimilated by the animal. For this, it is essential to plan a healthy and balanced diet for the cat.

We just have to ask ourselves one last question: do you wash the cat, yes or no? We know it well: felines are animals that are very attentive to their personal hygiene. For this reason, it would be advisable to do so only if it was really necessary.

Let’s not forget to use products specially formulated for cleaning the cat and to make sure that this operation is quick and delicate: it could be very stressful for our four-legged friend.


Hygiene and cleanliness of the American Bobtail

What else to know about American Bobtail care? Here are all the tips regarding cleaning nails, teeth, ears and eyes.

The first aspect on which to focus one’s attention concerns the cleaning of the ears of the specimens of this breed.

In fact, they tend to secrete large quantities of earwax which, accumulating, could cause skin disorders and infections.

For this, it is very important to regularly check and sanitize the ears of the American Bobtail.

How to do? Cotton buds are absolutely banned: on the market there are specific products for cats, both to be distributed with the help of gauze and in the form of a spray.

As for cleaning the eyes, this is an operation that is only necessary if the cat has any encrustations. In this case, just moisten a gauze with warm water, removing them gently.

The hygiene of the cat’s teeth is essential: maximum attention must be paid to the deposit of tartar, which could lead to the appearance of gingivitis, stomatitis and other pathologies.

You can use special toothbrushes and toothpastes for cats, or sanitizing creams to spread on the teeth of our little cat.

Finally, let’s see what there is to know about American Bobtail nail care . Does the cat live outdoors or does he use the scratching post regularly? In this case, there will be no need to trim the claws.

If they are excessively long and uncomfortable, however, it will be enough to resort to a special nail clipper, taking care to remove only the final part of the claw.


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