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Make sure the cat's nails are trimmed before you get going. Start by brushing out the fur. Fill up the tub or basin with lukewarm water and place the cat inside (be gentle but firm). Wet down the cat completely (don't dunk the head!). Lather up the cat using shampoo that is specially formuated for cats (be sure to follow whatever directions are on the bottle). Completely rinse the cat making sure to remove all soapy residue. Dry out the cat's fur with a towel. Then use a stainless steel cat comb to brush out any tangles. As you blow dry, use low heat and continue to brush the cat's fur. When the cat is completely dry, you're all done!

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PawDental Hygiene

Like humans, cats can accumulate tartar on their teeth. Additionally, Persians can certainly develop gingivitis. Proper dental care is a good habit to start when your cat is at a young age. Talk to your vet about scheduling a regular teeth cleaning. You can also clean your cat's teeth in between vet visits. A good place to look for dental care products is

Revival Animal Health.

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PawEye Drainage

"Eye gunk" is just another problem that Persians typically encounter. Due to the shape of the face and head (as well as other factors), Persians often develop sinus problems, such as eye drainage (this is more of an annoyance to the cat than anything). If the cat cannot clean off all of the substance, it falls upon the owner to do so. What works? Wipe a warm washcloth (no soap!) around the cat's eyes once in the morning and once at night.

For problems with staining around the eyes, consult your vet before using any cleansers or solutions. A solution recommended by many breeders that can be mixed up at home is an eighth of a teaspoon of boric acid and 8 ounces of water. Shake it up and wet the cotton ball. Be careful not to get too much boric acid because it can irritate your kitty's eyes.

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Persian hair care definitely can be troublesome. An owner should brush his/her Persian ideally once a day with a metal comb and bath them occasionally. A neglected coat results in knots. If the knots are in the beginning stages, you should be able to work them out with a metal comb and some detangling solution. You can purchase such solutions at pet stores and sometimes veterinary offices or groomers. Ask the salesperson which product he/she recommends.

If your cat's knots are really severe, they will probably need to be cut/shaved off. (Note: this might leaving unattractive bald spots depending on the location of the knots.) Either make an appointment with a local groomer to have the knots shaved, or you can attempt to cut them out yourself if they are not close to the skin.

Now if your cat is badly knotted all over, you might want to consider getting him/her completely shaved - leaving the fur about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch for insulation. That way your cat will be able to grow a brand new coat, and you will be able to maintain it from the beginning. For additional grooming tips, visit the

Grooming Tips section.

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PawHair Knots

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. 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. First slide the comb underneath the knot to prevent cutting the flesh. Then use the scissors to cut the knot off the top of the comb. If you feel the least bit uneasy about performing this task, do not hesitate to let a professional groomer handle it.

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PawHigh-Static Fur

Static can be so troublesome in the fall and winter months of the year. Here are some handy suggestions for eliminating static cling in fur.

  • Before touching the cat, soak your hands in normal handcream.
  • Avoid plastic brushes or combs as well as wire slicker brushes. Instead, use metal and teflon coated.
  • During grooming, lay a wet paper towel on the fur.
  • By an anti-static spritz (sold in pet stores).
  • Lightly rub down the coat with a fragrance-free dryer sheet.
(This information came from DA B., Mary B., Kim M., & Birgit F. and can be found in our January 2001 Newsletter.)

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PawLitterbox Problems

Litterbox problems are not unusual for cats. There are many possible reasons. Your cat has decided that the litterbox is an unpleasant place to be. The box may not be clean enough, or he/she may have experienced painful urination or defection in the box. Your cat may have been startled by a noise while using the box or perhaps been "ambushed" while in the box by either another cat, a child, a dog, or even by you (if you were attempting to catch him/her for some reason). This kind of an aversion may require you to completely replace the litterbox so it no longer reminds your cat of unpleasant experiences. You may need to buy a new box, put it in a new location, and use a different type of litter. Remember to keep the box clean - scoop everyday, and completely change the litter anywhere from every three days to once a week.

If stress is involved, you may see other behavioral or physical changes as well, such as, weight loss, fearful behavior, or changes in eating or sleeping habits. Punishment is not a way to resolve a litterbox problem. First, check with your veterinarian. Health problems can cause litterbox problems.

It has been said that booby traps, placed in the location of the soiling, may discourage pets from repeating the behavior in the same location again. Tricks include two-sided carpet tape, which pets don't like to walk on, a string of empty soda cans, small alarms set off by motion, balloons set up to pop against a tack on the wall if bumped by the cat, and mouse traps set upside down provide a quick, safe scare to the cat. Pet owners should consult their veterinarian before setting up any traps.

Some information above came from Feline Housesoiling (Acme Pet).

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Have you ever thought about what you would do if your Persian got out of the house? These days, advances in technology can really improve the odds of finding your lost or stolen cat. Pet microchips are becoming increasingly popular around the world. In fact, they are required now in some countries.

The microchip consists of a tiny tube (the size of a large grain of rice) that is inserted under the skin always on the left side at shoulder height. The process is a very quick, cheap, and painless. It carries a number in it that will identify the owner by name and address. The database also contains other relevant information, such as the cat's health problems. For example, if your lost diabetic cat got picked up, her condition could be treated. All veteranarian offices and animal shelters are supposed to have a reading device for the microchip so animals can be easily identified.

(This information came from Birgit F., Myriam G., Lana E., Mary B., Cara B., Nina K., Line C., Viki R., & Janette C. and can be found in our May 2001 Newsletter.)

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PawSanitary Clip

Let's be honest. Sometimes all of that long hair around your Persian's rear can cause trouble. You might notice "something" hanging on after a trip to the litterbox. A sanitary clip can save both you and your cat a lot of heartache.

It is easier to let a groomer or even a vet handle it for you. Since not all vets or groomers will be able or willing to do it, here are some basic instructions on how to do it yourself.

  1. Start by grooming the cat thoroughly giving special attention to the rear end. Thus the fur gets untangled, and the cat gets used to you being busy in that area.
  2. Use very sharp, small scissors. Start around the backside and lift the fur with a comb to avoid accidentally cutting into the skin. When you trim, leave the fur about 1/2 an inch long.
  3. Then trim the back part of the upper-rear legs and the underside of the tail leaving about 3 or 4 inches in length.
To keep your cat "entertained" during the procedure, you can give him/her a toy to play with or have another person help prevent the cat from making unexpected movements.

(This information came from Birgit F.)

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Shaving a Persian is quite common, but it's ultimately up to the owner. The "lion cut" is a very popular style. It can be nice for the Persian to grow out a fresh, new coat. And a shaved Persian is certainly easier to groom!

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PawTravel Tips

Planning a road trip this summer? Here are some tips on how to make your kitty's experience in the car as easy as possible.

  • A little while before you depart, remove your cat's food and water. This will reduce the risk of an accident while on the road.
  • Line the carrier with baby diapers. It makes for a soft and comfortable ride and also helps in case of accidents. (Cover the diapers with a sheet or large towel. This will prevent the cat from clawing up the diaper and in turn ingesting pieces of it.)
  • Please watch the temperature in the car. If it gets too hot, it can be dangerous for your cat.
  • Always have water available.
  • Bring a small amount of food along if it's a long ride.
  • Put a familiar toy in the carrier with him/her.
  • Talk to your cat often. He/she is bound to be upset, and your voice will be soothing to him/her.
  • If possible, stop every hour or so for a few minutes. Take this time to remove your cat from the carrier and give him/her some reassurance and attention.
(This information came from Connie H., Birgit F., Jennifer V., & Kim D. and can be found in our June 2001 Newsletter.)

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