How to Groom A Cymric Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

Table of Contents

Cymric Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Semi-Cobby

Coat Type & Length: Long

Coat Texture: The Cymric breed has a long, thick, and plush coat that is soft to the touch. Their fur is also water-resistant, making them great swimmers.

cymric cat

The Cymric cat, also known as the Longhair Manx, is a breed that is known for its lack of tail. Despite this unique feature, the Cymric cat is not related to the Manx breed. They have a round head, large eyes, and a sturdy body. Their long, thick fur requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.

Cymric cats are known for their playful and affectionate personalities, making them great companions for families with children or other pets. They are also intelligent and can be trained to do tricks or walk on a leash.

Overall, the Cymric cat is a charming and delightful breed that is sure to win the hearts of cat lovers everywhere.

Tools Needed to Groom Cymric Cats

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushPerfect for removing tangles and mats from your cat’s coat, leaving it smooth and shiny.$10 – $20
Grooming glovesCarefully eliminates loose fur as it offers a soothing massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersSafely trims your cat’s nails to prevent overgrowth and injuries$5 – $15
Ear cleanerReduces Wax and Debris Accumulation$8 – $15
Cotton ballsGently cleans the ears in combination with the ear cleaner$1 – $5
ToothbrushReduces Plaque and Tartar Buildup$3 – $10
ToothpasteRemoves plaque and freshens breath; specially formulated for cats$5 – $10
ShampooUse shampoo that’s made specifically for cats. Shampooing your cat will help remove any dirt deep in its fur$3 – $12

Grooming Your Cymric Cat: Step-by-Step

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Cymric once a week

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 Cymric Cat

The Cymric is a long-haired breed that requires regular grooming to keep their coat healthy and shiny.

When it comes to bathing, it’s important to use a gentle shampoo specifically designed for cats.

  1. Start by wetting your Cymric’s coat thoroughly, being careful not to get water in their ears.
  2. Apply the shampoo and work it into a lather, making sure to cover all areas of the body.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
  4. After the bath, wrap your Cymric in a towel and gently pat them dry.
  5. Brush their coat to prevent matting and tangles.

Bathing your Cymric every 4-6 weeks will help keep their coat looking and feeling great.

How Often Should I Bathe My Cymric Cat?

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

How to Trim the Nails of a Cymric Cat

  • 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 the nail bleeds, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat breaks and treats as needed.
  • Aim to trim your Cymric’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from getting too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

How to Clean the Ears of a Cymric Cat

  • Cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Cymric 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. Massage the base of the ear for a few seconds to help the solution work its way in.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any debris or excess solution from the ear canal and ear flap. Be careful not to push the debris further into the ear canal.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • If your Cymric cat has excessive ear wax or discharge, or if you notice any redness, swelling, or foul odor, contact your veterinarian. These could be signs of an ear infection or other ear-related health issues.

Cymric Cats Dental Hygiene

  1. Start by getting your Cymric cat comfortable with 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. Gently brush your Cymric cat’s teeth in a circular motion, focusing on the outer surfaces of the teeth. Be sure to brush the back teeth as well.
  5. Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of your cat’s mouth. Gradually increase the brushing time as your cat becomes more comfortable with the process.
  6. Reward your Cymric cat with a treat or praise after each brushing session to reinforce positive behavior.

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

Cymric’s Coat Issues

As part of the grooming post-care process you should pay attention to the following potential issues:

Fleas

– Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your Cornish Rex’s skin and fur.
– Consider using a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian to keep your Cornish Rex flea and tick-free.

Matting

Cymrics have long, thick fur that can easily become matted if not properly groomed. Regular brushing with a slicker brush and combing with a metal comb can prevent matting and keep their coat healthy and shiny. If matting does occur, use a dematting tool or scissors to carefully remove the mats, being careful not to cut the skin.

Skin Irritations

Cymrics have a thick, double coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and skin irritation. Use a slicker brush to remove loose hair and prevent tangles, and consider using a de-shedding tool during shedding season to prevent hairballs and skin irritation.

How Often Should I Brush My Cymric Cat?

You should brush your Cymric cat at least once a week to prevent matting and hairballs. Their long, thick fur requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and shiny.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Cymric Cat?

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