How to take care of the Persian cat? This cat breed with long hair and a flattened snout is very delicate: let’s see all the tips to put into practice.
When it comes to the choice of adopting a cat, it is necessary to carefully evaluate which breed is right for us, as each of them has specific needs. In particular, it is essential to inform yourself about everything related to the care of the animal. In this case, if you have chosen to adopt a Persian it is important to deepen on the care of the Persian cat which includes hygiene and grooming of the coat.
Care of the Persian cat: brushing and hygiene of the coat
The care of the Persian cat’s coat, being a long and thick coat, requires more attention than other breeds.
First of all, let’s start by emphasizing that the benefits of a correct Persian diet have a direct impact on the appearance of the animal’s coat and consequently on health.
If you want to know more about the common diseases of the Persian cat, in this article you will find a complete study.
In the following paragraphs, instead, we deepen in detail the discussion on the care of the Persian cat’s coat.
How to brush the Persian’s coat
The Persian cat has a coat that needs daily brushing.
The time taken to do this should not exceed 10 minutes, in this way, you will avoid neglecting the cat’s coat, and then having to intervene with drastic solutions, such as shearing.
Particularly during the moulting periods it is preferable to brush the cat every day, to remove the dead coat.
In spring and summer you will need to check that the cat does not catch fleas or other parasites. On the market there are combs with very thick feel that are used on purpose to remove parasites from the cat’s fur.
For the care of the Persian cat’s fur, it is necessary to have different accessories for the different grooming phases, such as:
- Comb : It is made of plastic, with well separated and blunt tips. The function of the comb is to give a direction to the hair and see if there are any knots in the hair;
- Stiff bristles brush: The brush is made up of separate, long, stiff bristles with the tip protected by pellets. Its function is to brush the animal thoroughly but being careful not to cause any damage to the cat’s skin;
- Soft bristle brush : Made with long, soft and dense bristles. The purpose of this cat brush is to remove dust and anything else stuck to the fur, for example food on the fur of the cat’s neck;
- Carder: It is an accessory that is as wet as it is dangerous for the cat’s skin. If not used calmly and carefully, you can injure the animal.
Wash the Persian cat yes or no?
You know: cats don’t like water. However, there are some situations in which bathing your four-legged friend appears to be the only solution.
Making the bathroom on the cat Persian is advantageous for several reasons:
- Reduces hair shedding;
- It will make its bright fur healthy;
- Useful for flea control;
- Reduces the saliva-based allergen that cats attach to their fur when licking and consequently causes allergic reactions in humans.
Besides having a clean cat in the house and seeing the shiny fur of the Persian cat is another matter entirely.
The important thing is not to repeat this operation too often, washing the cat at most once every 1-2 months. Moreover, the specimens of this breed are rather lazy and hardly go outside and dirty their fur.
During the bath, it is necessary to use special detergents for the care of the Persian cat, so that there is no risk of irritating its skin. You can also use a cat conditioner to soften the fur and prevent knots and tangles.
It is good to be delicate and make sure that the washing operation lasts as short as possible, to avoid putting too much stress on your four-legged friend.
In any case, it is always better to get used to it from an early age, so that it will not cause problems for contact with water.
At the end of the washing it is absolutely necessary to dry the fur thoroughly by dabbing with towels. Finally, it is necessary to finish the drying with a hair dryer for ultra-quiet pets, in order to prevent the animal from being frightened by the noise.
Persian cat care: cleaning eyes, ears, teeth and nails
In addition to daily brushing, as we have just seen in the previous paragraph, it is advisable to take care of the Persian also with regard to its well-being and health.
We know how much the cat is a clean animal and how much it cares about its hygiene, for which it takes care of itself and actually spends a good part of the day doing it.
However, when it comes to ear care, nails and oral hygiene, the Persian cat needs the intervention of its human friend.
Therefore it is important to intervene for cleaning the ears of the Persian cat: which must be checked periodically to avoid the accumulation of secretions and not to develop infections and skin disorders.
If your cat lives in the house and does not take care of sharpening its nails by itself, it is also necessary to dedicate itself to cleaning and cutting the claws.
There are specific tools to shorten the nails to the cat or better still by contacting a specialist or the veterinarian.
Finally, particular attention must be paid to the oral hygiene of the Persian cat. In fact, it is essential to clean the cat’s teeth on a daily basis, using sanitizing creams for teeth or toothbrushes, which can be found on the market, in specific pet stores.