Caring For A Longhaired Cat

Our feline friends sport a wide range of coat colors, patterns, and styles. We think they’re all pretty cute! However, fluffy cats—or floofers, as some like to call them—are often extra adorable. They also need some extra care keeping up with all that fur! An Anderson, IN veterinarian discusses fluffy cats in this article.

How Do I Groom A Longhaired Cat?

We recommend gently brushing your furry little diva at least a few times a week. You’ll need to get Fluffy onboard with the process. Ideally, you’ll want to get your kitty used to being brushed while she’s still a kitten. Choose a time when she’s feeling cuddly and relaxed, and sweeten the deal with attention, treats, and, of course, compliments. (Cats love compliments.)

Do I Bathe My Longhaired Cat?

You don’t have to bathe Fluffy, but you can, as long as you don’t overdo it. Use kitty shampoo and lukewarm water, and rinse well. You may also want to keep pet wipes on hand for emergency stains.

Long Haired Cats And Fleas

Fluffy may be a bit more susceptible to flea infestations. All that fur gives the little monsters lots of hiding places, which may also make it harder to spot them. The most important thing is to keep up with your furry pal’s parasite control products.

Longhaired Cats And Shedding

Many people assume that longhaired cats shed more than shorthaired ones, but that isn’t always the case. The type and thickness of Fluffy’s coat both affect how much she’ll shed. There are also other factors. For instance, furballs that are allowed outdoors often shed more than indoor ones, as they’re more exposed to seasonal weather cycles. Your feline pal’s diet, health, and mental well-being also come into play here. Many cats shed heavily when they’re scared or stressed. (This is why some kitties basically explode on car rides. )

What Cat Breeds Have Long Hair?

Several of our feline buddies sport long, flowing locks. These include the Maine Coon, Balinese, Persian, Norwegian Forest Cat, Himalayan, Birman, and Turkish Angora.

Do I Trim My Longhaired Cat?

Your furry friend really should only be shaved if there is a medical reason for it. However, you may want to gently trim the fur around Fluffy’s bottom, to help keep her clean. Use round-end scissors, and be very careful. Ask your vet for more information.Do you have questions about caring for your fluffy cat? Contact us, your Anderson, IN pet hospital, today! 

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