Persian Cats: Grooming Techniques Part 1

Cotton Swabs and Towels

Some type of grooming is essential for the Persian cat. Obviously, a show cat will need more grooming than a pet. If you love the look of a show cat, but do not show, you can still groom to that perfect show look. This is a series of articles that will cover every aspect of typical grooming sessions for a Persian cat, both for show and pet cats.

It is a good idea to have all your grooming supplies in place before you get your Persian kitten. What you will need:

The Pros and Cons of Owning a Persian Cat

Pros & Cons

Persian cats have always been a favorite breed with cat owners.

They make wonderful pets and have their good points and bad points.

On the Pro list, they are very beautiful to look at and generally have a sweet disposition, a quiet manner and regal character. They usually tolerate everything and walk off if bothered.

They are very gentle, by nature. Another Pro is the variety of colors they come in.

You have silver, white, black, red, multicolored and golden shades, just to name a few.

Finding a Jewel in the Snow

I was driving slowly up the dirt road to the cabin. I drove slowly because I had lost all four hubcaps off my old station wagon when they bounced off on that bad road. It was snowing hard and I heard a strange howling coming from out in the field. I stopped the car and rolled down the window. It sounded like it might be a cat, so I got out and walked in the direction of the sound.

Lion Cuts and More

It may seem shocking to imagine shaving or clipping a Persian's glorious coat, but it's actually not uncommon. Some of the reasons owners may choose to go this route include:

  • A recently rescued Persian who was neglected - sometimes matting can be so severe that shaving is the only option
  • A Persian who resists combing or brushing despite a loving owner's best tricks and techniques
  • A Persian who has extreme hairball issues


Win the War Against Knots & Mats

One thing to remember about Persians and other longhaired breeds is that they need to be brushed/groomed daily or every other day. The cat can only do so much on his/her own to maintain a healthy coat. So assistance from humans is usually necessary.

  1. Use a metal comb and a detangling solution to work out the knots. For knots that will not budge, you can use special grooming scissors.
  2. Slide the comb underneath the knot to prevent cutting the flesh.


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