How to Groom A Chausie Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Chausie Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Normal 

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Chausie has a short, dense coat that is soft to the touch and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Its coat is low maintenance and requires minimal grooming.

Chausie Cat

The Chausie cat is a hybrid breed that originated from the jungle cat and domestic shorthair. They are known for their large size, muscular build, and wild appearance. Chausies have short, dense coats that come in a variety of colors and patterns. They are highly intelligent and active cats that require plenty of mental and physical stimulation.

Chausies are also known for their affectionate and loyal personalities, making them great companions for those who can keep up with their energy levels. As with any cat, regular grooming is important to maintain their coat and overall health.

Required Grooming Tools

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushRemoves loose hair, untangles minor mats, and keeps the coat shiny$10 – $20
Grooming glovesSoftly detaches shedding hair while delivering a calming massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersHelps you clip your cat’s claws safely to avoid excessive growth and potential harm to itself and other cats/humans$5 – $15
Ear cleanerCleans and removes debris from the ear to prevent infections$8 – $15
Cotton ballsAllow for precise application of ear cleaning solutions and enable reaching the nooks and crannies of the cat’s ears without causing discomfort$1 – $5
ToothbrushCleans your cat’s teeth to prevent dental issues and maintain oral health$3 – $10
ToothpasteToothpaste designed for cats helps to effectively remove plaque and tartar buildup, promoting healthier teeth and gums.$5 – $10
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$3 – $12

Chausie Cat Care Guide

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Chausie once a week

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

Use a deshedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.

Bathing your Chausie Cat

The Chausie is a large, athletic cat breed that loves to play and explore.

  1. Start by wetting their coat thoroughly, then apply the shampoo and work it into a lather.
  2. Rinse thoroughly to avoid any residue.
  3. Use a towel to gently dry them off, and if they’re comfortable with it, you can use a blow dryer on a low setting to finish the job. If your cat gets uncomfortable with the blow dryer, DO NOT continue using it!

Remember to reward them with treats and praise for being such a good sport during bath time!

How Often Should I Bathe My Chausie Cat?

You should bathe your Chausie cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s health and cleanliness.

Chausie Cats Nail Care

  1. Start by getting your Chausie comfortable and relaxed. You can do this by petting and talking to them in a soothing voice.
  2. Gently hold your Chausie’s paw and press on the pad to extend the nail.
  3. Use a sharp, high-quality cat nail clipper to trim the tip of the nail. Be careful not to cut too close to the quick, which is the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves.
  4. If you accidentally cut the quick, apply some styptic powder or cornstarch to stop the bleeding.
  5. Repeat the process for each nail, including the dewclaws if your Chausie has them.
  6. Reward your Chausie with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping

Chausies are active cats that love to climb and scratch, so their nails can grow quickly.

It’s recommended to trim your Chausie’s 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 Chausie

  1. Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (made specifically for cats), and a towel.
  2. Hold your Chausie securely and gently lift one ear flap.
  3. 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.
  4. Massage the base of the ear for about 30 seconds to help the solution work its way into the ear canal.
  5. Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any excess solution and debris from the ear flap and surrounding area.
  6. Repeat on the other ear.
  7. Watch out for any signs of discomfort or pain, such as your Chausie shaking their head or scratching at their ears excessively. If you notice any of these signs, stop immediately and consult with your veterinarian.
  8. Always use a cat-specific ear cleaning solution and avoid using cotton swabs or anything that could damage the delicate ear canal.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Chausie

  1. Start by getting your Chausie comfortable and relaxed. You can do this by petting and talking to them in a soothing voice.
  2. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste specifically designed for cats. Never use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to your cat.
  3. Gently lift your Chausie’s lip to expose their teeth. Start by brushing the front teeth and work your way to the back.
  4. Use a circular motion to brush the teeth and gums. Be gentle and avoid applying too much pressure.
  5. Don’t forget to brush the back molars as they are often neglected and can cause dental problems.
  6. Finish by giving your Chausie a treat or praise to make the experience positive.

Recommended Frequency: Brush your Chausie’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good dental hygiene.

Chausie Cats’ Coat Issues

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

Ticks and Fleas

Watch out for fleas and ticks by regularly checking your cat’s fur and skin for any signs of infestation.

Prevent fleas and ticks by using a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian.

Matted Hair

Chausies have short, dense fur that rarely mats. However, if mats do occur, use a slicker brush to gently work them out, starting at the tips of the fur and working your way towards the skin. Avoid using scissors to cut out mats, as this can be dangerous and lead to accidental cuts.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Chausies are prone to skin allergies and irritations, which can cause excessive scratching and hair loss. Regular grooming and a high-quality diet can help prevent these issues, but if they persist, consult with a veterinarian for proper treatment.

How Often Should I Brush My Chausie Cat?

You should brush your Chausie cat at least once a week to keep their short, dense coat healthy and shiny. However, during shedding season, you may need to brush them more frequently to prevent hairballs and matting.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Chausie Cat?

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

Are Chausie Cats Hypoallergenic?

No, Chausie cats are NOT hypoallergenic. However, due to their short hair, some people with cat allergies may have reduced sensitivity to its dander.