How to Groom A British Longhair Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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The British Longhair cat is a beautiful breed that is known for its long, thick coat and round face. They are a larger breed, with a sturdy build and a friendly, affectionate personality. These cats are often compared to the British Shorthair, but their longer coat sets them apart. They require regular grooming to keep their coat healthy and free of tangles.

British Longhairs are known for being calm and easy-going, making them a great choice for families with children or other pets. They are also intelligent and playful and enjoy interactive toys and games.

Overall, the British Longhair is a wonderful companion for anyone looking for a loving and loyal cat.

British Longhair Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Cobby

Coat Type & Length: Semi-long

Coat Texture: The British Longhair has a dense, plush coat that is soft to the touch and requires regular grooming to prevent matting. Its fur is longer than that of the British Shorthair but still maintains a sleek appearance.

British Longhair Cat

Essential Grooming Tools for British Longhair Cats

grooming tools

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

Grooming ToolDescription
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleanerEar cleaning solutions effectively eliminate unpleasant odors in your cat’s ears by removing wax, debris, and bacteria, thus maintaining cleanliness and promoting overall ear health.
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections
ToothbrushRegular toothbrushing keeps your cat’s mouth clean and reduces the buildup of odor-causing bacteria, resulting in fresher breath
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling

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

Grooming Your British Longhair Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Brushing a British Longhair Cat

How often to brush? Brush your British Longhair once or twice a week

Brushing Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Use a grooming comb to help remove loose hair and prevent matting.

Bathing your British Longhair Cat

British longhair bath

Now, you don’t want your British longhair to end up like the pic above lol. When it comes to bathing your British Longhair, it’s important to remember that they have a thick, luxurious coat that requires special attention.

  1. Start by brushing out any tangles or mats before getting them wet.
  2. Use a gentle, cat-specific shampoo and work it into their coat, being careful not to get any in their eyes or ears.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary. After the bath, wrap them in a towel and gently pat them dry.
  4. It’s also a good idea to use a blow dryer on a low setting to help dry their coat completely.

Remember to give them plenty of love and treats afterward to make the experience positive!

How Often Should I Bathe My British Longhair Cat?

You should bathe your British Longhair cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain its coat’s health and cleanliness.

Nail Clipping

British long hair nail clipping

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly and press on the pad to extend the nail.
  • Use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat a treat after each paw is done.
  • Recommended frequency of clipping: once every 2-3 weeks.

Remember, trimming your British Longhair’s nails regularly will help prevent them from getting too long and causing discomfort or even injury. Happy grooming!

How to Clean the Ears of a British Longhair

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your British Longhair gently but firmly, making sure they are comfortable and not struggling.
  • Lift the ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the ear cleaning solution and gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too far into the ear canal.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your British Longhair with a treat and praise for being a good kitty during the ear-cleaning process.

What to Watch Out For:

  • If your British Longhair shows signs of discomfort or pain during the ear-cleaning process, stop immediately and contact your veterinarian.
  • If you notice any unusual discharge, odor, or redness in your cat’s ears, contact your veterinarian as this could be a sign of an ear infection or other health issue.

How to Brush the Teeth of a British Longhair Cat

  • Start by getting your cat used to having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  • Once your cat is comfortable with this, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled brush specifically designed for cats.
  • Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the brush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  • Hold your cat’s head gently but firmly and brush its teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth as this is where plaque and tartar build-up occurs.
  • Be patient and gentle. If your cat becomes agitated or stressed, stop and try again later.
  • Aim to brush your British Longhair’s teeth at least once a week. However, if your cat is prone to dental issues, your vet may recommend more frequent brushing.

Remember, regular dental care is important for your cat’s overall health and well-being. By brushing their teeth regularly, you can help prevent dental problems and keep your British Longhair’s teeth and gums healthy.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

Pat yourself on the back for grooming your cat properly! That said, look out for the following:

Fleas and Ticks

How to get rid of cat fleas

Watch out for excessive scratching or biting, as this may indicate the presence of fleas or ticks.

Regularly groom your cat with a flea comb and check for any signs of fleas or ticks. Use a veterinarian-approved flea and tick prevention product to keep them at bay.

Matted Fur

British Longhairs are prone to matting due to their long, dense fur. Regular brushing with a metal comb and slicker brush can prevent mats from forming. If mats do occur, use a de-matting tool or scissors to carefully cut them out.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

British Longhairs are prone to developing matting and tangles in their long, thick fur, which can lead to skin irritation. Regular brushing and grooming can help prevent this issue and keep their skin healthy.

How Often Should I Brush My British Longhair Cat?

You should brush your British Longhair cat at least once a week to prevent matting and tangles in its long, thick coat. However, during shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them daily to remove loose fur and prevent hairballs.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My British Longhair Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your British Longhair cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin and coat. It can strip their natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.