Caring for a Long-Haired Cat

Do you have a long-haired kitty? These super fluffy furballs are very adorable! Maine Coon Cats, Persians, Himalayans, and other long-haired kitties may need a bit of extra TLC to stay happy and healthy, however. Below, a Colorado Springs, CO vet discusses caring for long-haired cats.

Grooming

Your feline pal may need a hand with grooming. Long-haired cats often get tangles and mats under their arms, or around their bottoms. Help Fluffy out by brushing her gently to get rid of any snarls. Regular brushing will also reduce hairballs and help remove dead fur. (Bonus: you’ll also find less of your cat’s fur stuck to your clothes and belongings.) You may want to trim the fur around your kitty’s furry bottom to keep her cleaner. Pick a time when your furball is relaxed, and incorporate cuddles and praise, so she thinks she’s being pampered.

Shedding

Contrary to popular belief, long-haired cats aren’t always the heaviest shedders. There are actually several things which determine how much a cat will shed. Outdoor kitties typically shed more than indoor kitties, because they are exposed to changes in temperature that trigger shedding cycles. Your cat’s fur type and thickness are also factors. That said, many fluffy felines are heavy shedders. Vacuum regularly, and use a squeegee, rubber dish gloves, or a damp sponge to get your kitty’s fur off your furniture.

General

Proper nutrition can make a huge difference in your cat’s fur. Give your kitty the best food you can afford. Ask your vet to recommend a nutritional plan. Also, keep up with Fluffy’s parasite control products. Fleas aren’t fun for any kitty, but they can be exceptionally uncomfortable, and harder to fight, for long-haired kitties.

Hairballs

Needless to say, hairballs are not the best part of having a cat! Hairballs happen when cats swallow their own fur while grooming themselves. With the obvious exception of hairless cats, any kitty can get hairballs, but long-haired cats are particularly prone to them. Good grooming and proper nutrition will both help reduce hairballs. Your feline buddy may also benefit from hairball remedies. Ask your vet for specific recommendations. If Fluffy seems to have an excessive amount of hairballs, she could have a medical problem. Have your vet examine her.

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