Groom An European Shorthair Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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European Shorthair Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Moderate

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The European Shorthair has a dense, short coat that is easy to maintain and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Its fur is soft to the touch and has a sleek, glossy appearance.

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The European Shorthair cat is a medium-sized breed with a muscular build and a short, dense coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. They are known for their friendly and affectionate personalities, making them great family pets. 

European Shorthairs are highly adaptable and can thrive in both indoor and outdoor environments. They are generally healthy and low-maintenance, requiring only occasional grooming to keep their coat in good condition.

Grooming Tools for European Shorthair Cats

In order to groom European Shorthair Cats properly, you’ll need to have the following tools:

Grooming Tool Description Price
Slicker brush Helps detangle matted hair and remove excess fur $10 – $20
Grooming gloves Gets rid of excess fur while giving a comforting massage $10 – $25
Nail clippers Cuts your cat’s nails in a safe manner to keep overgrowth in check and prevent accidents $5 – $15
Ear cleaner Cleans and removes debris from the ear to prevent infections $8 – $15
Cotton balls Made from soft fibers that won’t irritate or scratch the delicate skin inside a cat’s ears, ensuring a comfortable and safe cleaning experience $1 – $5
Toothbrush Cleans your cat’s teeth to prevent dental issues and maintain oral health $3 – $10
Toothpaste Regular use of cat toothpaste can help prevent periodontal disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay, contributing to your cat’s overall health and well-being $5 – $10
Shampoo Cat shampoos are made with mild and non-toxic ingredients that are specifically chosen to be gentle on your cat’s skin and fur, reducing the risk of adverse reactions and irritation compared to using human shampoos $3 – $12

Grooming Your European Shorthair Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your European Shorthair once a week

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

Increase the frequency of brushing during shedding seasons (typically spring and fall). Provide your cat with a balanced diet and omega-3 supplements to promote a healthy coat and minimize shedding.

Bathing your European Shorthair Cat

Bathing your European Shorthair is a breeze! These cats have short, dense coats that don’t require much maintenance.

Start by brushing your cat to remove any loose fur and dirt.

Fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a small amount of cat shampoo.

Gently wet your cat’s coat and lather up the shampoo, being careful to avoid their face and ears.

Rinse thoroughly and wrap your cat in a towel to dry.

European Shorthairs are generally easy-going and should tolerate a bath without too much fuss.

How Often Should I Bathe My European Shorthair Cat?

You should bathe your European Shorthair cat only when necessary, such as if they get into something dirty or smelly, as they are generally good at grooming themselves.

How to Trim the Nails of European Shorthair Cats

  • Gather your tools: 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 gently but firmly, and extend one paw at a time.
  • Use the clippers to trim the tip of each 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.
  • Reward your cat with treats and praise after each paw is trimmed.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping

Trim your European Shorthair’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 European Shorthair Cats

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your 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 cat’s ears are particularly dirty or have a strong odor, or if you notice any signs of infection (redness, swelling, discharge), consult your veterinarian.
  • Reward your cat with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive.

Be gentle and patient. Your cat’s ears are sensitive and they may not enjoy having them cleaned. Don’t use Q-tips or any other objects to clean your cat’s ears. This can push debris further into the ear canal and cause injury. Don’t use any ear-cleaning solutions that are not specifically formulated for cats. Some human products can be toxic to cats.

European Shorthair Cats’ Dental Hygiene

  • 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 and gently brush your cat’s teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth, as this is where plaque and tartar tend to build up.
  • Be patient and gentle, and stop if your cat becomes agitated or stressed.
  • Aim to brush your European Shorthair’s teeth at least once a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

European Shorthairs’ Coat Issues

Grooming your cat is 90% done. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the following “potential” issues:

Fleas and Ticks

To prevent fleas and ticks on your cat, use a flea comb regularly and keep your home clean and vacuumed. You can also use flea and tick prevention products recommended by your veterinarian. If your cat already has fleas, use a flea shampoo and treat your home with a flea spray.

Matted Fur

European Shorthairs have short, dense fur that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. To fix this, use a slicker brush to gently remove any tangles or mats, starting at the base of the fur and working your way outwards.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

European Shorthairs are generally low-maintenance when it comes to grooming, but they can still experience skin irritation from allergies or parasites. Regular flea and tick prevention, as well as a balanced diet, can help prevent these issues. If your cat does experience skin irritation, consult with your veterinarian for appropriate treatment options.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grooming European Shorthair Cats

How Often Should I Brush My European Shorthair Cat?

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

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My European Shorthair Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your European Shorthair 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, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.