LaPerm Shorthair Cat care: brushing, bathing, grooming tips


Here’s everything you need to know to best take care of your LaPerm Shorthair’s coat, eyes, ears, teeth and nails.

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Also known as the “permed cat”, this charming four-legged is covered in a thick layer of curly fur. How to deal with it? Here are all the secrets and tips for taking care of the LaPerm Shorthair: from brushing and bathing to precautions on its oral hygiene.


LaPerm Shorthair coat care

Despite the peculiar coat, taking care of the LaPerm Shorthair is by no means a difficult task.

In fact, it is a short-haired cat, which tends to shed little hair. For this, it is sufficient to brush it 2-3 times a week, increasing the frequency during the moulting period.

In this way, you will be able to avoid the formation of annoying knots, and to avoid the danger of hairballs.

Once in a lifetime the LaPerm Shorthair undergoes a complete shedding of the coat. This usually occurs in the early stages of the cat’s life. When the animal is completely hairless, it is advisable to be very careful.

In fact, its skin is extremely delicate and can be easily damaged by the sun’s rays. Likewise, the cat is likely to suffer from the cold. For this, it is advisable to protect it from sunburn and burns, as well as from low temperatures.

Furthermore, the nutrition of the LaPerm Shorthair affects the health of the coat . In this article, you will find everything you need to know about this cat’s ideal diet.

Bathing the cat yes or no? Basically, no: domestic cats are very attentive to their personal hygiene. In any case, if the cat is old or just recovering from a long period of illness, it may be necessary to wash it.

How to do? Pay attention to the temperature of the water, which must be warm and pleasant. Of course, it makes sense to use cleaners specially formulated for cat skin.

Once finished, the cat must be completely dried, with the help of a towel and, if he is not afraid of it, a hairdryer.


Cleaning of eyes, nails, ears and teeth

Finally, to conclude the perfect care of the LaPerm Shorthair, we just have to find out how to take care of the hygiene of the eyes, nails, ears and teeth.

The ears of specimens of this breed tend to secrete copious amounts of earwax.

For this reason, it is advisable to check them regularly and, where necessary, to eliminate secretions with special sprays or using a gauze moistened in warm water with which to massage the cat’s auricle .

Otherwise, the risk is that the cat may experience skin irritation or contract infections. Likewise, it is good to remove any spots from the eyes.

Cutting the cat’s nails is only necessary if our four-legged friend is elderly and leads a sedentary lifestyle.

In this case, the white end of the claw must be trimmed, which is not vascularized.

Finally, we just have to answer one last question: how to take care of the oral hygiene of the LaPerm Shorthair? To avoid the accumulation of plaque and bacteria, it is essential to brush your cat’s teeth every day.

This operation can be performed using special brushes and toothpastes for cats, or spreading a specific sanitizing cream on the feline’s teeth.


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