How to Groom A Bambino Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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If you’re a proud owner of a Bambino cat, you know how adorable and unique they are. But with their short, fine hair and wrinkly skin, grooming them can be a bit of a challenge. Don’t worry, though – with a few simple tips and tricks, you can keep your Bambino looking and feeling their best. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps of grooming your Bambino cat, from brushing their coat to cleaning their ears and trimming their nails.

Bambino Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Dwarf

Coat Type & Length: Rex (Hairless)

Coat Texture: The Bambino has a short, fine coat that is soft to the touch. Its coat is also known to be hypoallergenic, making it a great choice for those with allergies.

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Bambino cats are a relatively new breed that was first developed in 2005. They are a cross between the Sphynx and the Munchkin breeds, resulting in a unique appearance with short legs and hairless bodies.

Despite their lack of fur, Bambino cats are known for their affectionate and playful personalities. They are also highly intelligent and can be trained to do tricks and even walk on a leash. Due to their hairless nature,

Bambino cats require regular grooming to maintain their skin health and prevent sunburn. Overall, Bambino cats make great companions for those who are willing to provide them with the care and attention they need.


Essential Grooming Tools for Bambino Cats

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To groom your Bambino Cat properly, you’ll need the following:

Grooming ToolDescription
Nail clippersHelps you clip your cat’s claws safely to avoid excessive growth and potential harm to itself and other cats/humans
Ear cleanerReduces Wax and Debris Accumulation
Cotton ballsAllow for precise application of ear cleaning solutions and enable reaching the nooks and crannies of the cat’s ears without causing discomfort
ToothbrushReduces Plaque and Tartar Buildup
ToothpasteToothpaste designed for cats helps to effectively remove plaque and tartar buildup, promoting healthier teeth and gums.
ShampooCat shampoos are specially formulated to maintain the natural pH balance of a cat’s skin, which helps to prevent skin irritations, dryness, and itching

Equipped with our grooming tools, we’re ready to start grooming our cats!


Step-by-Step Guide to Grooming Your Bambino Cat

Bathing your Bambino Cat

Bambinos are a hairless breed, so they don’t require as much grooming as their furry counterparts. That’s why we skipped brushing altogether (duh!). However, they still need to be bathed occasionally to keep their skin healthy and clean.

  1. Use a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo and warm water to avoid irritating their sensitive skin.
  2. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry them off completely to prevent any chills.
  3. Bambinos may also benefit from a moisturizing lotion or oil to keep their skin soft and supple.

How Often Should I Bathe My Bambino Cat?

You should bathe your Bambino cat once every 4-6 weeks to keep their skin and coat healthy and clean.

Bambino Cat Nail Trimming

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  1. Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  2. Find a comfortable spot for your Bambino, such as a table or your lap.
  3. Hold your cat gently but firmly, and extend one paw at a time.
  4. Use the clippers to trim the tip of each nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  5. If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  6. Reward your Bambino with treats and praise after each paw is trimmed.

Recommended Frequency of Nail Clipping

Bambinos have fast-growing nails, so it’s recommended to trim their nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

How to Clean the Ears of a Bambino Cat

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  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Bambino cat securely and gently lift one ear flap to expose the ear canal.
  • Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the dropper too far into the ear.
  • Massage the base of the ear for about 30 seconds to help the solution work its way into the ear canal.
  • Let your cat shake their head to help loosen any debris or wax.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any debris or excess solution from the ear flap and surrounding area.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Watch out for any signs of discomfort or pain, such as your cat pulling away or vocalizing. If you notice any of these signs, stop immediately and consult with your veterinarian.
  • Avoid using cotton swabs or inserting anything into the ear canal, as this can cause injury or damage to the ear.

Cleaning Your Bambino’s Teeth

  1. Start by getting your Bambino cat used to having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  2. Once your cat is comfortable with having their mouth touched, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for cats.
  3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Hold your cat gently but firmly and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth as these are the areas most prone to plaque buildup.
  5. Be sure to brush the back teeth as well as the front teeth. These are often neglected but are just as important for maintaining good oral hygiene.
  6. Brush for at least 30 seconds on each side of your cat’s mouth. If your cat is resistant, start with shorter brushing sessions and gradually increase the time.

Recommended Frequency

Brush your Bambino cat’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene. Regular brushing can help prevent dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

We’re pretty much done with the grooming process. However, we still need to talk about some potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

  • Check your cat regularly for fleas and ticks, especially during the warmer months.
  • Use a flea comb to remove any fleas or ticks you find, and consider using a flea-preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian.

Matted Fur

Bambinos have short, fine hair that rarely mats (practically impossible).

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Bambinos are prone to skin irritation due to their hairless nature. Regular moisturizing with a cat-safe lotion and keeping them out of direct sunlight can help prevent dryness and sunburn.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Bambino Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Bambino cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and skin, which is different from a cat’s delicate skin and fur. Using human shampoo can cause skin irritation, dryness, and even allergic reactions in cats. It’s best to use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and safe for your Bambino’s skin and coat.