Make your cat a pleasure with a longer coat, especially breeds like Holy Burma or Turkish Angora, are still considered easy to maintain – and in comparison, that’s true. Of course we will not be unemployed for a long time yet.
Some cats have a denser undergarment, others a sparse, but in any case, a care of the coat is essential. Optimal is the gentle habituation, preferably from childhood on! However, many owners not only shy away from short-haired cats, but also from the half-long-haired (lack of yet fully developed fur) in the cute little learning processes on the grounds that they still get acquainted with the seriousness of life early enough. But at the latest when the cat is fully grown, it says: grooming.
As a rule, a bath for half-haired people, which should not be issued, dispensable. If the cat is to be bathed nevertheless, proceed as follows:
- Moisten the coat on “neutral ground” (wash mitt, sponge), slightly dilute the appropriate shampoo and massage in well, then place the sacrificial animal in the washbasin and rinse with warm water until it remains clear (shower head, bucket). Then back to the warm room, rub dry and comb carefully in half-wet condition.
- This can be reasonably stress-free if you make sure that a) the head is left out and neither shampoo nor splash of water gets in the face / eyes, b) the cat is standing on a non-slip surface and c) the water is always draining so do not stand in there and have to fear for their lives.
To speak permanently, to praise and to reward afterwards is self-evident!
This can happen with any breed, and not only with potent cats. You should not neglect this problem and not “watch” for a long time, but act – because the greasy hair breaks or falls out, and the bald spot can even ignite. By the way: The trick with the potato flour (or similar) is only helpful in case of slight fatty degeneration. And at some point you have to wash it out anyway. Since a manipulation on the rump is particularly liked bad, a helper would not be bad, who holds the cat and calms down.
You need a non-replenishing shampoo (dishwashing does it too), breeders prefer “goop orange” with good reason: massage into the dry coat and rinse well.
Brushing & combing
Half-length top coat with different dense undercoat wear z. Maine Coon, Norwegians, Sacred Burma, Ragdoll or Somali. You need a comb with different long tines (short-long-short-long) and rounded tips with more undercoat, with equally long tines and little undercoat. A small medium-hard or soft (the latter for little undercoat) wire brush with curved tines or a plastic brush with nubs on the tines. A natural hairbrush for massage. Possible hair balm or slightly alcoholic rose water for spraying as a combing aid. See also “longhair cats”.
Coat change – exceptions to the rule
The following applies to all cats whose “normal” coat change (as described in the shorthair cats) is / may be disturbed for various reasons.
- Mothers / Sick: A heavy birth can deprive the cat quite a majority of their fur – as ever heavy load (eg suckling period) and systemic influences (feverish illnesses) shorten the growth phase and may result in increased hair loss ,
- Katzenkinder: Especially between the second and eighth (rarely until the 20th) week of life, sometimes the silky soft baby fluff at certain parts of the body (lower abdomen, neck, back of the head, back) can be suddenly with the fingers easily plucked away. The most popular explanation is metabolic disorders, but the cause is much simpler: the baby almost changes the rompers. Normally, the second baby fur develops without the first being repelled – sometimes partially. This is not drama, so pluck gently (of course only where the coat “by itself” falls into your fingers) and spare the kitten the vet visit, because soon the splendor will sprout all by itself again.
- Castrates and very old cats: Often, not always, regardless of sex, hormone-induced imbalance or biodegradation can make hair growth quickly zero (alopecia). Or, on the contrary, they are prone to excessive hairiness, which often looks fat and fuzzy. Please do not screw it up, here more help is needed. But: You should not fall into excessive combing, because that promotes the eczema of the skin! (Christine Klinka)